According to reports by Dutch media outlet AD, Everton have joined the likes of Newcastle United and Sevilla in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost during the summer transfer window.
The powerful striker has scored 70 goals in 89 appearances for the Portuguese club having joined them from Wolfsburg two years ago, but his future with Sporting is in severe doubt after he was one of the players attacked by supporters while he was training last month.
But how would signing the Netherlands international truly impact the Toffees? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of a summer swoop for the 29-year-old.
Sam Allardyce used a number of different formations during his six months in charge of Everton last season, including 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3 and 3-4-3 systems, and it remains to be seen what Silva, who is keen to sign another powerful forward who bossed Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane in 2018, will decide to do next term.
However, the addition of Dost to his squad may force his hand a little, with the Netherlands international having all of the attributes to be a strong centre-forward in the Premier League, but his lack of mobility and primarily being a penalty box striker meaning that he needs his teammates to be close to him.
That would certainly be more likely to happen with a 4-3-3 formation over a 4-2-3-1 one and it would also be the system that would ensure the Goodison Park faithful are finally entertained following a frustrating 2017/18 campaign.
The former Crystal Palace winger returned from around a year on the sidelines at the end of December following a serious cruciate ligament injury, but despite being something of a regular in the starting XI on the left flank he failed to rediscover the form he once showed for the Toffees and the Eagles.
The 29-year-old ended the season with one assist in 17 Premier League outings, and he will know that he needs to do better if he is be a key player under Silva.
He will certainly be helped by having a tall centre-forward in Dost who will hold the ball up and bring him into play, while he will have more opportunity to pick up assists with such a big target to aim at in the penalty area.
While the arrival of a proven goalscorer in Dost at Goodison Park would be great news for the club and the supporters, it wouldn’t be met particularly well by Calvert-Lewin.
The 21-year-old attacker was something of a regular in the starting XI in the first-half of the 2017/18 campaign, but his opportunities under Allardyce dried up following Cenk Tosun’s arrival in January.
The Turkey international and Dost would be fighting it out for the centre-forward spot next term if the Dutchman signs, and that would limit Calvert-Lewin’s opportunities and likely see him leave before the transfer window closes on August 9 – almost definitely on loan.
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