Everton are set to complete the signing of Arnaut Danjuma over the coming hours this weekend after it was reported on Saturday morning that the Villarreal winger is having a medical and Frank Lampard will surely be hoping that the player can come in to instantly improve the performances.
The Toffees are currently 19th in the Premier League with just 15 points collected so far and if things continue over the second half of the season there is no doubt that the club could be in with a serious chance to lost their top-flight status.
Not only that, Everton have the joint-second worst goal tally in the entire league currently which has ultimately been a huge contributor to the struggles at Goodison Park following Richarlison’s exit in the summer and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems.
As a result, acquiring players who can positively impact the attacking threat in the team will be essential for the side’s safety and the remainder of the January transfer window will give Lampard the golden opportunity to not only save the club but also to save his own job that has come under threat with every poor performance.
One player who has been linked with a move to the blue side of Merseyside this month is Lyon striker Moussa Dembele – a player who has a reported transfer fee of £3m which would certainly suit the Toffees’ financial constraints.
The 26-year-old ace ranks in the top 20% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for non-penalty goals, shots in total and touches, proving that he is a huge presence in front of goal.
Over 340 career appearances, Dembele – who was hailed “unplayable” by former Celtic teammate Leigh Griffiths – has scored 151 goals and registered 47 assists with a goal contribution every 111 minutes which is a consistent and reliable output that could be extremely valuable to Lampard over the remainder of the campaign.
The Frenchman has been lavished with praise over his career so far, however, perhaps the highest praise he has earned to date came from former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who claimed:
“I have played with the greatest strikers – Ronaldo, Henry, Raul. You knew on the biggest occasions they would win you games – and Dembele is already showing that.”
Lampard could form the perfect attacking partnership between Danjuma and Dembele if the two deals are completed as the Villarreal winger is prolific in creating chances in front of goal with 12 shot-creating actions tallied up already this season in 10 appearances, so combining that with the centre-forward’s keen eye for goal could be deadly for opponents.
With that being said, there is no doubt that Dembele would be a major coup for Everton and if the powerbrokers could secure the signing of the talented striker he could be the linchpin in improving their survival chances as they head into their second round of league fixtures.