Opinion: Everton must help Richarlison by signing MLS sensation Josef Martinez

Everton are crying out for another natural goalscorer to take some of the pressure off Richarlison, and Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez could be perfect for Marco Silva’s high-tempo system.

What’s the word?

Everton were heavily criticised for splashing out a potential £50m on Richarlison this summer, but there’s no question the Brazilian international is going to be worth every penny.

However, the 21 year-old is bound to go through some dry patches, just like he did at Watford last season, and the Toffees need another goalscorer to help him out.

Martinez has just broken the record for goals in a single MLS season, and the electric Venezuelan international is ready for the big step up to one of Europe’s top leagues.

Fans will always have reservations about signing a player from MLS, but Martinez’s record for Atlanta United is quite simply breathtaking.

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A goalscoring machine

The 25 year-old has scored 50 league goals in 54 appearances for the new franchise in Atlanta, who will play in the MLS Cup final at the beginning of December.

The 46-cap Venezuelan international has 34 goals and five assists in 38 games this season, an incredible conversion rate considering he is only taking an average of 2.7 shots per game.

Martinez is just 5 ft 7 in tall, but his low centre of gravity, agility and strength actually makes him almost impossible to tackle.

His link-up play isn’t bad either, boasting an 80 per cent pass completion rate and averaging 1.1 key passes per game.

It will be a gamble buying a player who has struggled in Europe before (seven goals in 58 Serie A games for Torino), but every transfer is a gamble, and Martinez is statistically the hottest striker on the planet right now.

So, Everton fans, would you back a move for Martinez? Could he form a devastating partnership with Richarlison? Let us know your thought by voting in the poll below…

Article title: Opinion: Everton must help Richarlison by signing MLS sensation Josef Martinez

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