The Chalkboard: Yacine Brahimi offers something different to Bernard

According to Goal, Everton are interested in Porto star Yacine Brahimi on a free transfer. The attacker’s contract with the Portuguese giants expires at the end of the month, and his future is yet to be resolved.

The Algerian international is currently away with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations, and his future will assumingly become much clearer after the tournament has finished.

If he does end up at Goodison Park after the window slams shut, however, where would the 29-year-old fit into Marco Silva’s team?

More efficient than Bernard in the final third

Well, first of all, the Toffees’ left flank is already occupied by a certain diminutive Brazilian in Bernard, who the supporters have taken to after he enjoyed an eye-catching debut campaign in England last term.

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However, Brahimi and Bernard are vastly different players; if the former ended up at Everton, Silva would be blessed with two excellent options on the left.

Where Bernard is much quicker, much better at dribbling and often tends to cut in on his right foot, Brahimi offers a much different outlet out wide.

The numbers that prove it

The 5 ft 9 forward is also right-footed, but tends to collect the ball in more advanced areas than Bernard, whose return of one goal and three assists prove that he is more of a tidy ball player rather than an end product man.

In stark contrast, Brahimi loves to pick the ball up in the final third – his personal return of 13 goals and four assists prove that he prefers to be the man putting the icing on the cake rather than building the spongy base like Bernard does.

Everton can be accused of relying on Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison for their goals last season – both men netting 13 times in the league, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s six strikes the closest behind that.

Silva’s side really could’ve won a lot more points if he had a few more danger men scattered around the side, and Brahimi definitely fits the bill in that regard.

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