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Everton must make second bid for Mohammed Kudus

Everton made eight new signings over the summer and it has made a huge improvement to the defensive performances the side have displayed over the Premier League season so far.

The Toffees are currently 12th in the league table collecting 14 points from their first 13 outings with the third-least goals conceded in the entire league which is a testament to the consistent and reliable defence that Frank Lampard has built.

However, it’s not all good news for Everton as they did lose Richarlison over the summer in a £60m move to Tottenham Hotspur and the Brazilian forward’s departure combined with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury issues have contributed to the lack of goals in the team.

Only Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest have scored fewer goals than Lampard’s team and as a result, there will need to be improvements if the manager wants his side to climb up the table into an even more comfortable position.

The powers at Goodison Park could use the January transfer window as the perfect opportunity to not only find a hungry goal-scorer but a partner for Calvert-Lewin to get him back to his best in the final third too.

One player who Kevin Thelwell identified as a good fit for the Everton front line over the summer was Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus, with the club making a £15m bid for the rising star. Now, they should make a second offer in the new year.

The 22-year-old – who was dubbed a “star boy” by Alimo Philip – has had a spectacular campaign for the Dutch giants. He has scored nine goals and delivered one assist over 17 appearances in all competitions so far, and it’s not just his goal contributions that have made him one of the most promising prospects in Europe.

Kudus ranks in the top 1% of his positional peers in the next best eight divisions outside of the big five leagues for dribbles completed, touches and progressive passes received and ranks in the top 20% for pass completion and shot-creating actions.

The versatile attacker has played comfortably in several roles including central midfield, attacking midfield and as a centre forward, but this season has spent most of his time predominantly in the striker role.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

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Calvert-Lewin has struggled with several injury concerns and since returning to the side without his former strike partner Richarlison has only scored one goal so far, but if Thelwell could pull off a deal for Kudus in the next few months it could be a huge boost for the Toffees striker to have a fresh face by his side.

With that being said, Everton have nothing to lose by going in again for Kudus but they may have competition due to his incredible start to the season as Tottenham Hotspur are now reportedly interested in signing the player too.

Article title: Everton must make second bid for Mohammed Kudus

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