Everton could be about to fall into the same trap if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath, the Toffees have made an enquiry for Valencia striker Maxi Gomez as Carlo Ancelotti looks to bolster his frontline this summer.
The 24-year-old is one of several stars free to leave the cash-strapped La Liga outfit ahead of early October’s transfer deadline.
He cost Valencia £13m from league rivals Celta Vigo last summer, but they may have to take a loss on their investment as they are desperate to cut costs.
Transfermarkt value him at a whopping £28.8m, so perhaps Everton would be getting a bargain.
The young Uruguayan striker would be an interesting choice for Ancelotti given his current first-choice duo of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both bagged 13 goals apiece last term.
Gomez has netted at least ten goals in all three of his seasons in the Spanish top-flight, the lowest of which came this campaign.
In 33 appearances, the forward averaged just 1.2 shots, 0.2 dribbles and 2.7 aerials won per game, via WhoScored.
And in the Champions League, he struggled to make an impact, failing to score whilst his performances against Chelsea are hardly much encouragement towards his chances of being an instant hit in the Premier League. Perhaps, he’s shades of Sandro Ramirez.
South American football expert Tim Vickery describes Gomez as traditional number nine that’s “fearsomely strong” and that’s backed up by former PL striker David Connolly compared him to the legendary Alan Shearer by calling him a “massive tank”.
Similarly, Sandro arrived at Goodison Park on the back of a successful spell at Malaga having come through the famed La Masia academy yet he’s gone out on loan three times at the Toffees and has scored just once in 16 appearances.
The Merseysiders record with strikers from La Liga isn’t fantastic and you’d have to wonder if he’d even be able to make much of an impact with DCL and Richarlison in such great form.
Marcel Brands must steer clear of this one, especially when there’s tried and tested options out there like Joshua King.
AND in other news, Everton must sanction FLOP’s exit amid reported transfer interest…