Everton made eight signings over the summer and the recruitment of each player that joined the squad at Goodison Park has been spot-on, with many of the new players making a positive impact on the current Premier League campaign.
Conor Coady, James Tarkowski and Amadou Onana have been consistent features in the Toffees team over their first eight outings, and have contributed to the huge improvements seen so far, which will surely delight Frank Lampard.
Everton currently have the best defensive record in the entire Premier League with only seven goals conceded and match their bitter local rivals Liverpool for points in the league, putting them in a much more comfortable position of 11th in the league table following a relegation scrap last season.
However, whilst there is a lot to celebrate a Goodison Park right now, there are still small tweaks and some fine-tuning needed to ensure more convincing victories week in, week out.
One key area of improvement that could still use a little more quality is the forward line, with Richarlison making the move to Tottenham Hotspur and Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured. Everton may have the best defensive record but have scored the sixth fewest number of goals in the league too.
Whilst Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil were signed to strengthen the attacking threat, replacing both Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin’s goal contributions was never going to be an easy task for the Merseysiders.
One player who could’ve been exactly what Everton needed this summer is Newcastle United’s Miguel Almiron and the Paraguayan attacker was linked with a move to Goodison Park throughout the transfer window.
The £74k-per-week dynamo has been enjoying a fantastic start to his season at St James’ Park scoring three goals in his first eight league appearances so far, but it’s not just his goals that make him the perfect profile of player that could have taken Everton to the next level.
Almiron has completed 86% of his passes accurately, making 1.4 tackles and 2.1 shots on goal per game, as well as winning 54% of his duels and successfully completing 53% of his dribble attempts so far, proving that he is hard working beyond his goals scored and could’ve been the perfect partner to work alongside Calvert-Lewin.
Indeed, his all-round approach would see him rank very favourably compared to those in Merseyside with only three players – Anthony Gordon, Demarai Gray and Maupay – taking more shots per match.
His defensive attitude would also see him fit in well, with Lampard’s players working hard to win the ball back this term, as Almiron has at St James’ Park. An impressive eight bodies are currently making two or more tackles a fixture in the former Chelsea man’s ranks.
As well as boasting astute defensive qualities, the diminutive playmaker boasts eye-catching tools in offensive scenarios. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe lavished praise on the 28-year-old after his wonder goal against Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend:
“He’s capable of doing magical things and for me that was a magical goal,” Howe claimed.
“I’m delighted for Miggy, he’s such an infectious character, his work sort of epitomises our play really so it was great to see.”
We are yet to see Calvert-Lewin make his return following his injury issues, but there is no doubt that Almiron would’ve complemented the Toffees striker with his work rate and creativity, something the centre-forward will likely miss when he returns to action without Richarlison by his side.