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Everton: Chris Wood could be their new Duncan Ferguson

From player to coach and then caretaker manager, it seems as if big Duncan Ferguson can do no wrong at Merseyside.

He played 257 times for the royal blue of Everton, scoring 68 goals and in typical fashion, being shown a yellow card on 39 occasions.

Ferguson was given his marching orders eight times but despite his hot-headed bullish nature, he is loved by everyone at Goodison Park.

Standing at 6 foot 4, the Scot was a brutal force of nature in the air, bullying defenders to one side with his angry style of football.

He is a classic striker, one that’s now incredibly rare to find in the modern game. If you lumped the ball in the box it was a fair bet that Ferguson would be there to head home.

Big Dunc is a true legend of Everton and led the celebrations after Carlo Ancelotti engineered the club’s first Anfield win since 1999 earlier this year.

He even turned down the chance to go with the Italian to Real Madrid in order to remain at his beloved Goodison Park.

Ferguson is a candidate for the manager’s job but whoever arrives, they could sign Chris Wood, a player directly in the mould of the 49-year-old himself.

The Mirror suggests Everton are one of three top-flight sides interested in signing the tall Burnley striker.

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At a colossal height of 6 foot 3, Wood makes it incredibly difficult for any defender to beat him before he’s even got off the ground.

In that sense, he is incredibly similar to Ferguson. The former Scotland international once scored a hat-trick of headers for Everton and has a headed goal rate of 52.9% in the Premier League.

That means that 36 of his 68 top-flight goals came after he won an aerial duel.

Wood has made a living from a comparable play style. Speaking earlier in his career, former teammate Scott Malone said: “I remember his power and the size of him. On the training pitch, in a five-a-side game, you couldn’t get near him. He was frightening.”

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It’s easy to see why. The New Zealand international has scored 34% of his goals in the Premier League with his head; that’s down on Ferguson but he does win a rock-solid 4.7 aerial battles per match.

A mighty force when the ball is off the ground, he is now also a proven Premier League goalscorer. He has netted 50 goals for Burnley and found the back of the net on 12 occasions last term.

Everton may already have Dominic Calvert-Lewin to aim for in the air but with Wood on top of that, they’d have an incredibly dominant forward line. Marcel Brands would do no harm with his move

AND in other news, Everton eye move for 58-cap beast who Ancelotti dubbed “the best”, he’d be a huge coup…

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