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Everton: Podence could be Lampard’s own Zaha

Everton have been linked with a move for Wolves winger Daniel Podence recently and the Portuguese winger could prove to be Frank Lampard’s own version of Wilfried Zaha at Goodison Park.

According to Football Insider, the Toffees are keen on the former Olympiacos man ahead of the January transfer window, as Lampard looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of what looks to be another season fighting relegation.

Wolves signed Podence in January 2020 and he has gone on to make 83 appearances for the Old Gold, in which he has contributed 12 goals and eight assists.

The Midlands club find themselves in the relegation spots in the Premier League this season after scoring only eight goals in their opening 14 games, of which Podence has contributed two, although the winger is ranked as the 14th-best performer at Molineux so far this campaign.

However, FBRef suggests that Crystal Palace star Zaha is the sixth-most similar player to Podence in terms of style of play when compared with other wingers in European football.

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While the diminutive forward certainly lacks the physicality that the former Manchester United man offers at Selhurst Park, he could certainly offer a lot of ability on the ball should he make the move to Goodison Park after the World Cup.

The two players have registered similar numbers in terms of completed passes (245 vs 230), shot-creating actions per 90 (3.52 vs 3.26) and expected goals per shot (0.09 vs 0.10).

This suggests that Podence can be a big threat in the final third but is perhaps let down by both his own and his teammate’s poor finishing.

Alan Smith was full of praise for Podence after a match-winning performance against Leicester City earlier this year. He highlighted qualities that are certainly similar to Zaha, with the Ivorian proving down the years that he has a magical first touch.

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He said: “He’s shown us some delightful touches out there. And to get the winner. Great work ethic and a brilliant performance from him.”

Considering how effective Zaha has been at Crystal Palace over the past decade, Lampard would be foolish to turn down a player statistically similar to him, so Farhad Moshiri and Kevin Thelwell should definitely consider bringing Podence to Goodison Park in the winter.

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