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Everton still keen on Michy Batshuayi transfer

Everton have no sooner announced the arrival of Neal Maupay than they could be on the hunt for another proven Premier League striker…

What’s the word?

According to journalist Simon Phillips, Chelsea’s Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi remains a target for Frank Lampard.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he claimed: “I think that those are going to be some late moves. Batshuayi is obviously still wanted by Everton. But at the moment, they’ve got other targets, they’ve got other priorities there.

“So, he has got other teams interested, but it is quite quiet there at the moment in his camp, and nothing is close.”

He has just one year left on his £90k-per-week deal. 

He’s a big Rondon upgrade

In the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Frank Lampard has either chosen to operate without a central striker at all or hand Salomon Rondon a start.

The fact that he ever considered the former is suggestive of his reluctance to start the Venezuelan and could be suggestive that now is the time for the 44-year-old to move him on and find a new backup striker.

Should Everton swap Rondon out for Batshuayi?





The perfect foil for Calvert-Lewin, and now Maupay would be Batshuayi, who has boasted a remarkable record of scoring off the bench during his career.

During the 2016/17 season, he scored an astounding nine goals after coming off the bench for Chelsea. This figure would have seen him be the second top scorer for the Toffees last season.

His career at Stamford Bridge has seen him shipped off across plenty of Europe’s top leagues, featuring in Champions League matches as well as winning multiple cups and a league title.

He has an astounding 142 goals in his career, and with 77 games in the Premier League, he already has the necessary experience to come in and act as an improvement on the sluggish Rondon.

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The 32-year-old scored just once in 20 appearances last season for Everton and has started this season off in a similarly toothless fashion, again without scoring in four.

For a backup striker, the main thing that Lampard will crave is some dynamism and goals from the bench. If Rondon could only muster one in this run in the side, how could he be expected to change a game from the bench with goals?

It marks a no-brainer for this swap if it can be done cost-effectively and with little fuss, as it would instantly bring what they lack from the bench. Especially given the new five-sub rule, Rondon must be binned in favour of the 28-year-old Belgian who Lampard previously dubbed “top-class.

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