Iglesias has the goals record to be Everton’s main man

Everton have been linked with move for Espanyol forward Borja Iglesias, who scored 20 goals last season.

What’s the story?

According to Estadio Deportivo, Everton have been eyeing a move for the Spanish striker since January.

The report claims Espanyol will discuss Iglesias’ future once he returns from holidays on July 3, and they will expect his €28m (£25m) release clause to be met if he is to leave.

It also claims he is good friends with new West Ham goalkeeper Roberto, who joined the Hammers from Espanyol this summer, and would like to follow him to the Premier League.

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Ball, meet net

Splashing out on strikers is a risky game, and Everton know that more than most. After losing Romelu Lukaku, the Toffees brought in the likes of Sandro Ramirez and Cenk Tosun to grab the goals. Neither player got anywhere close to meeting expectations.

And while fans may well look at Iglesias as just another Sandro, the 26 year-old’s consistency in front of goal suggests his form will carry over to England, unlike the 2017 flop.

This season, Iglesias bagged 17 in La Liga and three in cup competitions. In the 2017-18 season, albeit in the second division, he grabbed 22 goals in 39 league appearances, and the year before that he struck a ridiculous 34 times in 39 Segunda Division outings.

The striker has bagged double-digit league goals in every full professional season he has played in his career, and also has the physicality to thrive in England too, winning 1.8 aerial duels per game last year.

With such a consistent record in front of goal, it seems implausible that Iglesias would suddenly forget how to stick the ball in the net if he moved to the Premier League, so this one is definitely worth the risk for the Toffees.

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