This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
According to L’Equipe (via Get French Football News), Everton are amongst a number of clubs interested in signing Monaco’s Rony Lopes, with the Ligue 1 side believed to be ready to sell for a fee in the region of €25m – €30m (£23m – £27.6m).
The former Manchester City attacker is believed to be of interest to Sevilla, Valencia, Newcastle and West Ham along with the Toffees – it remains to be seen who he joins with just a couple of days until the transfer deadline.
The 23-year-old is a diminutive attacking midfielder with a low centre of gravity, similar to a player already in the Toffees’ ranks – Bernard.
Interestingly, the Brazil international also plays primarily in the same position as Lopes does out in a left attacking midfield position, so let’s take a look at how the pair weigh up against each other.
As you can see, it looks as if the Portugal international is a much larger goal threat than the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.
Additionally, the 23-year-old Lopes records 0.8 more key passes per game than the 26-year-old Brazilian, suggesting that he is a far more creative presence behind the striker than Bernard is.
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The 5 foot 9 Monaco man just appears to be a more direct player in comparison to Bernard, who averages the same amount of dribbles as Lopes but doesn’t appear to do as much with the ball in the final third as the Portuguese ace.
It should be noted that Lopes played on the left, right and as a central attacking midfielder, as well as a striker, last term, whilst Bernard featured in the middle and on the right too, so Marco Silva could well deploy the pair together if he felt like it.
In terms of the cold, hard numbers however, Lopes does appear to be the more likely to threaten opposition goalmouths.