Why Everton should beat Man United to the signature of Moussa Dembele
According to the Daily Star, Everton have joined the race to sign £40 million-rated Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, with Toffees boss Marco Silva ready to dip into the January transfer window for some significant reinforcements.
Man United are the front runners in the race to sign the 23-year-old former French youth international but the Toffees are set to go toe-to-toe with the Red Devils, as the Premier League duo prepare themselves for a bidding war to land the Ligue 1 sharpshooter. (h/t Daily Star)
Everton have endured a nightmarish start to their Premier League campaign this term and currently languish in the relegation zone after winning only two of their first eight league fixtures thus far.
Having lost each of their last four league games against Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Man City and Burnley, the Toffees are in dire need of some inspiration to save themselves from a potential horror season and Marco Silva has already started to weigh up his options, with the January transfer window in mind.
Everton’s woes in front of goal have been well-documented over the past twelve months and the £25 million acquisition of youngster Moise Kean from Juventus in the summer is yet to pay any dividends.
The Italian hitman has struggled to hit the ground running in the Premier League and, with Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also not proving themselves to be up for the challenge, lack of firepower in the final third has once again cost the Toffees dear.
Well, the result is there for everyone to see. Everton have conceded as many as 13 goals in the Premier League thus far while finding the net only 6 times, a damning reflection of how poor they have been in all departments of the game.
Everton had been tipped by many to push on under Marco Silva and break the top-six lock before the start of the ongoing campaign but the fans on the blue half of Merseyside have every reason to be bitterly disappointed with how things have panned out for their club in the first couple of months.
Suffice to say, Silva, or anyone who replaces him in the near future, is likely to find it very difficult to guide the Toffees to a respectable finish this term, leave alone a Europa League spot, unless another spending spree is planned in January. And an out-and-out No.9 should once again be a top priority.
To put things into perspective, Moussa Dembele would be an ideal acquisition for both Everton and Man United, given the goalscoring travails of both the clubs in question, but the Toffees would bag a real coup if they manage to beat the Red Devils to the signature of the devastating hitman in January.
Formerly of Fulham, Dembele bagged 51 goals in 94 appearances for Celtic in all competitions before earning a move to his homeland with Lyon last summer.
The 23-year-old’s rich vein of form in the previous campaign saw him gobble up 20 goals in all competitions the last term and he has already hit the ground running this season, bagging 6 goals in 8 Ligue 1 outings.
That strike rate means Dembele has managed to find the net almost every week for Lyon and, to that end, Everton making a move for him in January would make perfect sense for a number of reasons.
A sharp and agile centre-forward blessed with plenty of pace, power and a devastating eye for goal, Dembele is only going to get better with time and at 23, he still has plenty of time to make significant improvements to his game.
Simultaneously, it should be noted that he has already got some decent experience at the highest level in his CV, having proven his ability to deliver the goods in front of goal in France and Scotland, as well as for Fulham in the English second-tier, earlier in his career.
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Given his scoring record, it is easy to see that the 23-year-old would be a massive upgrade on all of Everton’s existing striking options and a potential move for him in January might as well solve the Toffees’ scoring crisis for years to come if he goes on to fulfil his potential.
Having said that, Everton should make it a priority to get a deal for Dembele over the line in January if they are really serious about competing on equal terms with the big-six in the Premier League.