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Everton: Ben Brereton-Diaz can be Calvert-Lewin 2.0

Everton’s scattergun transfer approach is a notorious one, with Farhad Moshiri having received a particularly belligerent backlash of late for his failings since joining the club in 2016.

In his recent interview with talkSPORT (12th January), the owner controversially told Jim White: “I’ve put my money where my mouth is and that is all that an owner can do.”

Whilst this may be true, to have such a poor playing squad despite having spent over £500m since he became majority shareholder stands as his failure above all else involved.

It has left the club floundering, narrowly avoided the drop last season, and poised to be amongst another relegation battle this campaign.

The main reason for their failures this season can be traced back to their toothless nature in front of goal, with the Toffees having scored just 14 goals in 18 Premier League games.

That being said, Moshiri could once again be set to reach into his pockets to try and resolve this issue, with Ben Brereton-Diaz having been selected to uphold that burden.

Earlier this week transfer insider Dean Jones suggested it would be a “gamble”, but had confirmed their interest in securing a striker this January just last week.

Meanwhile, Blackburn Rovers have reportedly slapped a £30m price tag on the forward.

In dipping into the Championship, they could repeat their success of snatching Dominic Calvert-Lewin from lower down in the EFL back in 2016.

Although injuries have plagued the English striker, he once threatened to be a top marksman and the answer to the goalscoring issues that had plagued them since Romelu Lukaku’s departure.

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In what was his true breakout season, he would score 13 times during the 2019/20 season, before elevating that tally to 16 the season following.

Since then, a string of injuries has prevented him from featuring a significant amount.

Therefore, Brereton-Diaz’s entry could alleviate some of the burden that has been put upon the 25-year-old, as the Chile international seems more than capable of the step up.

Having already scored nine times and assisted four more this season in the league, the 23-year-old seemed poised to more than match his 22-goal haul from the season prior.

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First up on the quiz: after what match was Rafa Benitez sacked?

It was during that campaign that R.D. Football Scout dubbed him a “phenomenal player” on Twitter, which was supplemented in December by the claims of ex-Villa boss Dean Smith: “He’s a really dangerous finisher.”

The latter is exactly what is needed at Goodison Park, and despite all the turmoil surrounding the club, they must pull together to ensure safety is secured at the very least. Breret0n-Diaz’s goals could be integral to achieving that.