Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Everton are set to sign a new attacker…
Taking to Twitter, he revealed that Mohammed Kudus could be set to swap Ajax for Goodison Park as Frank Lampard seeks to add attacking depth at the Premier League club.
Romano claimed: “Everton are set to sign Mohammed Kudus from Ajax. Deal at final stages between clubs, personal terms are now agreed. It will be completed soon.”
Although the 22-year-old is not the coveted striker that the Toffees seemingly still need, it seems that this prospective deal is moving quickly enough that he will be in and ready for their upcoming fixtures to alleviate the offensive burden on Anthony Gordon, Demarai Gray and Dwight McNeil in the absence of the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
However, his contribution to Ajax goes much deeper than just those goal and assist tallies.
Last season was marred by injuries for the 22-year-old as he averaged just 26 minutes per game, but it was during the previous campaign that he excelled. His four goals and three assists in 2020/21, whilst only averaging 47 minutes per match, suggest that even with limited game-time he can produce many moments of magic.
His 91% pass completion rate from 2021/22 suggests that he could also be a creative outlet, and whether operating out wide or off the shoulder of the striker, the £14k-per-week ace could threaten opposition defences.
Having been labelled an “exciting” young talent by journalist Rahman Osman, Kudus has been lauded by many within the footballing community for his potential.
Football Talent Scout detailed his many of his outstanding attributes upon first signing for Ajax, with the most eye-catching claims being his “electric pace”, “superb ball control” and his desperation to find the “vertical option” and drive his team forward.
This is something for which Everton are crying out, as their only goal in their first two Premier League games of the season prior to today’s clash against Nottingham Forest was an own goal.
With bringing in a striker a necessity, this possible boost to their attacking options will be a welcome addition for Lampard, who will likely grow to love the Ajax attacker.
The Toffees have added defensive security and midfield power in the transfer window so far, and this is a step in the right direction towards sorting out their attacking insecurities.