Everton should not turn their noses up at Webster’s £30m price tag

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Everton target Adam Webster has been slapped with a massive £30m price tag, but his impressive form last season suggests he could be worth every penny.

What’s the story?

According to The Bristol Post, the Robins will demand £30m for Webster this summer amidst interest from Aston Villa, Everton and Newcastle.

The report comes after claims the Toffees had jumped in the race to sign the defender along with the Magpies and newly-promoted Villans.

And while the £30m asking price seems steep, Webster could be an upgrade on Michael Keane, who himself cost the club £30m, including add-ons.

Adam Webster and Michael Keane

Keane had a horrific start to life on Merseyside, but the ex-Burnley man improved massively last season, boasting a 7.13 overall performance rating across 33 Premier League showings.

Webster tops that at 7.30 though, and it’s not hard to see why when you delve deeper into the stats.

Across 44 Championship games, 43 of which he started, the 6ft 3in beast won 6.4 aerial duels per game, a slight advantage over Keane, who won 5.8.

The Bristol City man also leads the way in both tackles and interceptions, although he makes slightly less clearances. A difference of 2.1 interceptions to just 1.3 is pretty telling though, indicating he reads the game far better than the older Keane.

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The one area he will need to improve to flourish under Marco Silva is his passing, as the Portuguese boss likes his defenders to be able to play out from the back.

Webster is an old school centre back who will throw his body on the line, win everything in the air and physically dominate opposing strikers. He could well be the perfect replacement for the departing Phil Jagielka, and perhaps even an upgrade on the ever-improving Keane.

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