In Focus: Everton should avoid Boakye if they think he could be another transfer flop

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton could face competition from Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion in the race to sign Red Star Belgrade striker Richmond Boakye, who has scored 22 goals this season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Daily Mail says that a Baggies scout is going to watch the 24-year-old in action in his side’s Europa League clash against Cologne on Thursday night, with the report saying that the Toffees and Chelsea have also watched the Ghana international closely this season.

The striker has been in prolific form for the Serbian outfit this term after failing to make it with Juventus before enduring a number of uninspiring loan spells, but his current record in front of goal could see him secure a move to the Premier League.

How has Boakye done this season?

He has been brilliant.

The 24-year-old has scored 22 goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for Red Star, providing a further three assists, but only one of those has come in the group stages of the Europa League despite the fact the Ghanaian has started all five of their matches.

He has 37 in 45 outings in total since joining the club in January, while he also has five goals in 13 caps for his country.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

There is certainly no faulting his recent goal record, but his rate before his move to Red Star Belgrade may be a concern.

The 24-year-old certainly has the presence and physical stature to be an effective centre-forward, but his rather lacklustre displays against Arsenal in the Europa League could be a concern considering that is an example of the types of defences he will come up against if he completes a move to the Premier League.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, if the Everton scouts believe he can be a success in the Premier League then they should make a move for the 24-year-old as they look to finally secure a Romelu Lukaku replacement, but if they are unsure then they are better off letting him join West Brom considering some of their transfer market failings during the summer.


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