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Everton could find new Pienaar in Brekalo

Football FanCast exclusively revealed last month that Everton were targeting a new winger in the upcoming summer transfer window.

The need to strengthen that part of the field has only been heightened with Richarlison’s poor run of form and James Rodriguez’s ongoing injury.

The former has only scored one goal since March while Everton’s Colombian superstar has been ruled out of the Copa America.

With Theo Walcott departing and Bernard potentially heading through the exit door, it means they may well be left quite short on the flanks.

Everton have had a number of targets in mind, however, with the likes of Moussa Diaby and Gareth Bale linked.

Bale seems a bit far-fetched but Diaby remains a realistic target. Possessing a frightening level of pace and the ability to beat a man, those ingredients seem to be at the top of the list of priorities.

Another gem within the Bundesliga that Everton are eyeing a move for is Josip Brekalo.

The 22-year-old enjoyed a fabulous season in the German top-flight with Wolfsburg and has now caught the eye of the Premier League.

Bild (via Sport Witness) report that both Everton and Leeds are interested in signing the winger.

Brekalo would be a shrewd signing from the Toffees and by luring him to Goodison Park, they could find their new Steven Pienaar.

Who would you prefer Everton to sign?

Diaby

Diaby

Brekalo

Brekalo

Their current target has a bit more pace than the South African but in terms of their attacking numbers and fluency, they are very alike.

Pienaar was a menace for Everton down the years, amassing 26 goals and 49 assists in 229 outings.

The winger played in a canny way, using his dribbling ability and slight frame of just 5 foot 7 to engineer his way past defenders and pick up tidy pockets of space.

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Brekalo stands at a similarly petite height of just 5 foot 8. With that in mind, the Croatian sensation could roll back the years with his destructive play style.

Taking to Twitter last year, journalist Ronan Murphy outlined the youngster’s best qualities. He said: “The less said about his off-field antics the better, as he should leave his on-field performances do the talking. Able to unlock defences and strong cutting in to shoot, he will torment defenders everywhere.”

Pienaar had this clever ability to cause chaos for the opposition with his dribbling ability, registering as many as 1.7 successful take-ons per game in the 2010/11 campaign.

On top of that, he produced 2.2 shots per game and 1.6 key passes during the course of that campaign.

Brekalo has amassed similar numbers throughout his career, producing 1.2 key passes per match and 1.3 dribbles per game.

Those are ever so slightly behind Pienaar but given his tender age, there is still plenty of time for those areas to be improved.

After all, he’s already shown a competent streak in front of goal, scoring seven times this term.

A move to Everton could be exactly what he needs to take his game to the next level. Watch out Premier League defences.

AND in other news, Imagine him & Doucoure: Everton must swoop for £35m colossus, he’s shades of Fellaini…

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