Rafa Benitez might not have received the warmest of welcomes from Everton fans in Merseyside but there are no doubting his credentials.
The new Toffees boss has won multiple league crowns and boasts a Champions League title. In the words of Farhad Moshiri; “Rafa is a proven winner with huge experience.”
The 61-year-old must now use that experience to extract the most from the ongoing transfer window.
The Toffees are slightly behind their rivals in pursuit of various targets but there is still plenty of time left to improve the squad.
One player they could sign is a striker currently thriving at Euro 2020; Haris Seferovic.
Reports this week (via Sport Witness) claimed that both Everton and Wolves made approaches to Benfica pre-tournament regarding his availability.
Seferovic’s value was only €15m (£13m) but after his eye-catching performances for Switzerland, Benfica are now searching for a fee of €30m (£26m).
If Everton are in the market for Seferovic then it could mean the end for Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Goodison Park.
Calvert-Lewin enjoyed the best campaign of his career in 2020/21, finding the back of the net on 21 occasions.
He was in tremendous form and used his tall frame to bully defenders. The archetypal target man, the Everton striker won a mighty 4.7 aerial duels per game in the Premier League last season.
However, that’s precisely why it would make little sense for Seferovic to arrive unless Calvert-Lewin headed for pastures new.
It’s wise for Benitez and co to think of contingency plans but they could be playing with fire here.
However, he is a particularly inconsistent player. During Switzerland’s first game of Euro 2020, he was described as “awful” by Swiss football expert Craig King.
Though, in classic Seferovic style, he has defied his doubters. The 29-year-old has scored three times at the tournament, strikes that included a brace against France as Switzerland knocked them out in stunning circumstances.
Another target man, the attacker used his body brilliantly to score two headers by getting between the French central defenders. Ally McCoist waxed lyrical about his qualities on commentary, dubbing him “superb” for the way he rose the highest for the opener on Monday evening.
Heading into the transfer window, Benitez doesn’t particularly need another striker. Though, the landscape will completely change if Calvert-Lewin has his head turned.
Seferovic needs to be on standby in case that eventuality occurs. He isn’t as imperious in the air as the Everton star but his 2.1 aerial duels won per match showcase he can lead the line with authority and purpose.