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Darren Bent has spoken of his surprise at not seeing Everton make a move for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, as reported by Football Insider.
The Colombian striker has been in incredible scoring form this season, already getting 22 goals across the SPFL, Scottish Cup and Europa League from just 19 starts and 7 substitute appearances.
It is arguably his record in Europe that has been most eye-catching, as he already has 11 goals and 4 assists from 10 starts and 2 substitute appearances, a tally that includes 2 goals and an assist in two games against Porto.
Speaking of the Colombian striker, Bent told Football Insider: “I’m surprised Everton don’t try to go and sign him, he’s a bit temperamental, but he can score goals.
“He’s got the great ability and to be fair to Rangers if they can go and get a load of money for him, let’s say £20m+ for him, they’ve still got Jermain Defoe, who gets goals week-in-week-out.”
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It is difficult to go against Bent’s way of thinking, as a move for Morelos would make sense from an Everton point of view.
This comment comes shortly after it was reported that the Toffees are looking to sign Goncalo Paciencia from Eintracht Frankfurt.
While the Portugal international could certainly be a good addition to Marco Silva’s side, Morelos is someone who has been in and amongst the goals this season, having also bagged 30 across all competitions term.
Everton haven’t had a player who has scored 15 goals in all competitions across a season since Romelu Lukaku left, so they should be looking to sign a player such as Morelos, who has shown how prolific he can be.
It would be easy to say that his goals are worth less because they came in Scotland, but his European return should dispel that argument.
His disciplinary record has also been questionable in the past, but there are even signs that is improving, as he is yet to be sent off this season, picking up five yellow cards so far.