Everton remain winless in the Premier League at present and it’s not just problems on the pitch plaguing their season so far with speculation surrounding Anthony Gordon’s future, but Farhad Moshiri could have the perfect solution lined up.
According to The Guardian’s sport writer Ed Aarons, Everton are “showing interest” in Newcastle United winger Miguel Almiron.
“Everton are showing an interest in Miguel Almiron. The Paraguay forward will only be allowed to leave Newcastle on a permanent deal.”
If it wasn’t enough of a troubling start for Frank Lampard, it has now been reported that Gordon wants to make the move to Chelsea who have been in a back and forth with Everton to secure the player’s signature for weeks.
The boyhood Evertonian has broken through the youth academy to become a key player in the first team over the last few seasons, however, with the club’s financial troubles mounting a £60m bid for Gordon could be hard to pass up.
As a result, the signing of Almiron could not only be the perfect solution to replace the young winger’s position in the team but would also come at the right price with the Paraguayan dynamo valued at £15m by his current club.
Gordon is the seventh most comparable player to the Magpies forward over the last 12 months according to FBref, and it comes as no surprise as the pair possess some similar attributes when looking closer at their output over last season.
The two forwards came close in their shots per 90 minutes (1.68 v 1.73), goal creating actions per 90 (0.26 v 0.20) and pressure success rate (25.2% v 25.8%), however Almiron did outperform Gordon considerably with his pass completion rate (80.4% v 66.7%).
More recently, the 27-year-old dynamo stole the show at St James’ Park last weekend against Premier League champions Manchester City where he scored the 28th minute equaliser that set up Newcastle for a shock 3-3 draw against their opponents.
His positive impact on the team led to piles of praise from manager Eddie Howe, who hailed Almiron “magnificent” in his post-match press conference on Sunday evening (via Chronicle Live):
“I think the three games he’s had he’s been magnificent for us. On and off the ball I think he’s been very, very solid.”
With that being said, the signing of Almiron could be a golden opportunity for Everton to let go of Gordon and deploy a player who is clearly capable of being influential, something Lampard will be desperate for in his pursuit to deliver Everton’s first win of the season.