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Everton could land Gray alternative in Nicolas Jackson

Everton are unsurprisingly hoping to bolster their offensive ranks in the near future, with recent reports suggesting that Villarreal wide man Nicolas Jackson is rated highly by the Merseyside club

Despite having completed eight major deals over a busy summer of recruitment, one area which was left still quite bare was the wide attacking areas. Dwight McNeil was brought in, but he arguably offers a far more uninspiring option alongside the more maverick Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray.

As per the Daily Mail, the Toffees are among many Premier League clubs who are monitoring the progress of the Senegalese speedster, with Aston Villa and Newcastle United also keen on the 21-year-old.

The suggestion is that he is incredibly raw but certainly “one to watch”, as Ashley Preece notes.

Although Everton have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign, some added competition for wide places could help them to push even further in the second half of the season to achieve something truly special after the misery of 2021/22.

Gray in particular could do with some help, as he has been one of the few consistently creative threats for the Toffees this season, having started every league game for them so far in 2022/23.

Should Everton sign Nicolas Jackson?





The Villarreal man already has two goals and two assists this season in La Liga in what is expected to be his true breakout year. This already marks an upgrade on every player aforementioned at Goodison Park, as four goal contributions trump Gordon’s three, McNeil’s two and Gray’s one.

Standing at 6 foot 2, Jackson would also pose a different kind of threat as he marries pace with a brute strength unseen in the tricky skillset of the Merseyside club’s wingers.

The 21-year-old has therefore been labelled “imposing” by journalist David Timon, which seems like an appropriate description.

Although the winger has only been around the game for a short while, the interest that he has gained stands as a glowing recommendation for his abilities.

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With a 6.75 average SofaScore rating and 0.7 key passes per game alongside his 55% dribble success rate, there is a consistency to his attacking play which would make him a big threat in the Premier League.

Boasting all the physical assets necessary for success, plus an ever-growing technical skillset, it could be a huge coup for Farhad Moshiri should he be able to push through this deal under the noses of their rivals.

It could finally give Gray the rest that he needs in order to hopefully get back to his best.