More goal contribution than Bale – Everton signing this 22-year-old La Liga star would be absolute gold by Silva

Everton opinion: Should Everton sign Brais Mendez?

Everton’s end product in the attack has been very poor this season with just Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson getting into double figures so far.

If the Toffees are to achieve their European ambitions, they have to sign a player who would guarantee double figures in goals and assists, and Brais Mendez is an outstanding option.

Mendez will provide some much-needed competition for Theo Walcott, who has been really poor since moving to Everton from Arsenal in January last year. Walcott has only scored 4 goals this campaign in 31 appearances for the club and he needs to be replaced as the first choice.

Brais Mendez has been outstanding for Celta Viga this season, having scored 5 goals and picked up 7 assists so far this season. The 22-year old’s link-up play with Maxi Gomez and Iago Aspas has been a joy to watch and the trio is doing wonders for O Celtina this campaign.

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Although naturally a right winger, Mendez has been used by Celta boss Miguel Cardoso in all attacking positions this season. Mendez, when played in his natural position, loves to cut in onto his favourite left foot and create a chance or shoot from distance.

Mendez’s numbers this season take on the league’s best right wingers including Gareth Bale and Carlos Soler. Mendez has more goal contributions (12) than Gareth Bale (9) and Carlos Soler (4) this season but the other two have played lesser minutes.

Mendez’s numbers beat Theo Walcott’s numbers by a landslide. Mendez averages over twice as many shots and key passes per game as Walcott and has 2 goals and 5 assists more than him.

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Mendez averages more passes, crosses and long passes per game with better accuracy than the Everton man and he fits the bill as a more all-round player than Walcott. He is also superior to Walcott aerially, thanks to his 6ft 2in frame.

Stats courtesy: Whoscored (Walcott) (Mendez)

Conclusion

Still only 22, Mendez might need a bit of time to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League but once he’s ready, he has the potential to be one of the best in his position.

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His addition to the Everton squad will bring more goals to Marco Silva’s side and his versatility opens up a wide range of possibilities for the former Hull City manager.

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Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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