According to reports in The Sun on Sunday (June 3), new Everton manager Marco Silva and owner Farhad Moshiri want to spend £50m to bring West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic to Goodison Park – something the majority of fans don’t agree they should do – to spearhead the club’s attack next season.
The 29-year-old only joined the Irons from Stoke City last summer, but despite being signed as a winger he soon became the first-choice striker under David Moyes in the second-half of the campaign, ending it as the club’s top Premier League goalscorer with 11 goals.
So, how would signing the Austria international truly impact the Toffees? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences of a summer swoop for the 29-year-old.
The fact the new Toffees boss wants Arnautovic to spearhead his attack during the 2018/19 campaign would suggest that he wants to play in the centre-forward role – just like he regularly did with West Ham last term.
The problem is, the former Watford chief will likely be using a formation that only incorporates one striker, and if he brings the Austria international to Goodison Park for a club-record £50m it will surely be him that gets the nod.
Having only joined Everton in January and scored five goals in 14 Premier League appearances – one every 198 minutes in an unfamiliar division – Tosun would be left frustrated if he was second choice behind Arnautovic, and surely it wouldn’t be long before the hot-headed 26-year-old fell out with his manager.
If Everton were signing the left-sided Arnautovic before he impressed in a new role for West Ham it surely would have spelled the end of Lookman’s career with the Merseyside outfit.
However, it seems as though Silva wants the Austrian to play as a centre-forward, which would mean that the England U21 international could stake his claim for a regular spot on the left wing.
Arnautovic’s power, pace and excellent movement would surely help his potential Toffees teammate in terms of goals and assists if he does remain at Goodison Park this summer, and he could replicate the fine form he showed while on loan at RB Leipzig earlier this year in order to help Everton move up the Premier League standings.
While Silva may want Arnautovic, surely the priority for Everton this summer will be strengthen in both midfield and defensive areas, rather than in attack seeing as they already have the likes of Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie, Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin available.
Owner Moshiri has proven that he is willing to spend big in the past, but if he splashes out £50m on the Austria international he may be less willing to spend the same amounts on the areas the Toffees really do need reinforcements in if they are to gatecrash the top-six party in the Premier League next term.
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