Everton signed eight new players in the summer and although the team are in a much better position in the Premier League than last season, there is still room for improvement in the team which means they could explore the transfer market in January.
According to FC Inter News, Everton are interested in signing Inter Milan’s Robin Gosens in January.
As per the report, the Toffees are in the market for a left-back and have contacted the player’s representatives to discuss the potential of a deal as Gosens is interested in a move away from the club due to a lack of game time.
Everton have hugely improved in their defensive play over the current campaign thanks to the arrival of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, conceding just 12 times. However, they have been struggling at the other end of the pitch for creativity and goal-scoring opportunities.
Although Vitaliy Mykolenko is doing a fine job of protecting the Toffees from opponents who are trying to build play against them, the Ukrainian isn’t as consistent with his attacking play down the left channel, which means Frank Lampard could be looking for a more threatening left-back to add depth in the position and a different option to start in the team.
When you compare the left-backs over last season, Gosens outperformed Mykolenko in a number of metrics, showing more security with the ball at his feet as he registered a higher pass completion (80.2% v 68.6%). He also registered more shot-creating actions per 90 (2.72 v 1.36) and won more aerial duels (76.2% v 45.5%), proving that he could be an upgrade on the Toffees player.
The £77k-per-week Inter sensation – who was dubbed “amazing” by Joachim Low and a “weapon” by Matteo Bonetti – has been impressing on the European stage this season in the Champions League, scoring one goal and creating one big chance, as well as averaging 2.2 tackles, one clearance and 3.2 duels won per game, advancing to the round of 16 after finishing second in Group C.
Gosens was linked with a move to the Premier League at the beginning of the year as Newcastle United made a lucrative offer to acquire the services of the talented full-back but the player rejected their advances and now the Magpies’ loss could be the Toffees’ gain.
With that being said, it could be a great piece of business if Everton can secure the signing of Gosens in the January transfer window as he could be a valuable addition in improving the team’s attacking threat in the second half of the season.