On form and working in tandem together, the effervescent Everton trio of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez should be one of the most exciting forward lines in the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez would have arrived back in Merseyside excited at the thought of how he can get the best from all three at the same time. All of them are wonderful players on their day but it was rare that each of them were on song at the same time last season.
Calvert-Lewin found the net on 21 occasions but was very rarely supplied by Richarlison, who provided just one assist in the top flight since December. Rodriguez is often the creative hub at Goodison Park but injuries curtailed his first campaign in England.
The club’s top scorer did well to find the net as often as that considering the lack of service he had at times. However, that could improve if Benitez swoops for one of Euro 2020’s star players.
Denmark sensation Mikkel Damsgaard was linked with a switch to Everton last week but the Toffees face competition from West Ham, Leeds, Leicester and Tottenham. A move could also cost in the region of £34m after he found the net twice during the European Championship.
He quickly became Denmark’s star man at the tournament, running rampant down the flanks and scoring a peach of a free-kick which beat Jordan Pickford in the semi-finals.
The Danes were ultimately on the losing side that night against England but Damsgaard produced one of the moments of the tournament in front of a huge Wembley crowd.
The 21-year-old is less creative than Rodriguez, who has made a living out of supplying goals throughout his career.
However, he could be an enormous upgrade on Richarlison’s creativity. Over the last year, the Brazilian is in the 17th percentile for shot-creating actions in Europe’s top five leagues.
His passing might not be a strong point but taking on a man and fashioning an opportunity is. In the last 365 days, the Everton attacker ranks in the 73rd percentile for successful dribbles which led to the ball ending up in the net.
That final stat should have a player like Calvert-Lewin rubbing his hands with glee. The England forward was Everton’s top scorer last season and a player like Damsgaard should suit him perfectly – just imagine the Dane rampaging down the flanks and then sliding the ball into the path of Calvert-Lewin.
Benitez’s side could take a number of players out of the game in swashbuckling fashion, and they simply have to secure the 21-year-old’s services.
Described as “phenomenal” by national team colleague Kasper Schmeichel, he could take the Premier League by storm in 2021/22.