Everton would be taking a huge risk on Mahmoud Trezeguet if they signed him

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 Turkish outlet Fanatik, Everton are interested in signing Egypt international Mahmoud Trezeguet.

The left-sided forward enjoyed an impressive 2018/19 campaign with Super Lig outfit Kasimpasa, who he notched nine goals and nine assists for in 34 appearances – not bad at all.

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Trezeguet is also putting his name on the map at the Africa Cup of Nations this summer with Egypt alongside Liverpool man Mohamed Salah. The 24-year-old has already grabbed a goal and an assist in three outings for his country at the tournament.

However, despite those encouraging signs, bringing Trezeguet to Goodison Park would represent a major risk for the Toffees given the attacker’s lack of pedigree in leagues outside of Turkey.

Despite having a world class namesake in former France hero David, the 5 foot 11 Super Lig star has never done anything of note outside of the Turkish top-flight – in fact, he has only ever played in his native Egypt and Belgium, where he didn’t pull up any trees due to a total of 14 goals in 126 appearances.

Furthermore, how many players come from the Turkish league and prove to be hits in the Premier League?

The Toffees’ own Cenk Tosun hasn’t, scoring just nine goals in 43 outings and finding starts hard to come by – 15 of his 25 Premier League appearances last term came from the substitutes’ bench.

If he had been banging in 30 goals and recording 20 assists a season over there, maybe it would be a a risk worth taking for Marcel Brands and Marco Silva, but nine goals and nine assists doesn’t represent anything too special given the quality of the opposition.

As shown by the graphic above, Trezeguet isn’t afraid of shooting – he takes a whopping 4 shots per game on average.

With shooting numbers like that, it would be a crime if the 24-year-old didn’t get at least nine goals over the course of the season.

His dribbling numbers of 3.3 completed per game are a bit more impressive, but nevertheless, this would be a major risk for the Merseysiders.

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