Marco Silva will be seeking some serious reinforcements at Everton this summer, so should he swoop for Croatia’s versatile star in the making?
There have been plenty of impressive performances already at this summer’s World Cup, but one player that has flown slightly under the radar is Ante Rebic.
The 24 year-old Croatian was wonderful down the left flank in their 2-0 win over Nigeria, and would be an excellent addition for Silva and Everton.
Links to the likes of Richarlison and Hirving Lozano suggest the Portuguese tactician is after a left sided winger this summer, and Rebic’s versatility would make him a really smart signing if bigger clubs swoop in for the likes of Lozano.
Able to play anywhere down the left flank or as a secondary striker, the young attacker scored nine times and added two assists for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, where he was on loan from parent club Fiorentina.
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The German club are expected to make the move permanent this summer when his contract with Fiorentina runs out, but it seems hard to believe he wouldn’t dump that move if a Premier League club came calling with a bigger offer.
Averaging one key pass, 1.5 dribbles, 1.8 shots and 1.5 tackles per game last season, the 17-cap attacker can do a little bit of everything, and he showed that in the win over Nigeria.
With four crosses, Rebic was the main supply line to the towering Croatian front men, and completing two dribbles and one key pass in such a cagey affair shows his ability to make something out of nothing.
Silva will expect whoever plays on that left hand side to work incredibly hard as well, and Rebic’s five aerial wins, two interceptions and five fouls show he’s certainly not afraid to get stuck in.
Rebic would bring pace, creativity and a bit of steel to Everton’s attack, and picking him up for free when his contract runs out would be one hell of a coup. The Toffees should absolutely try to hijack Frankfurt’s move for the £9m-rated attacker.
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