Axel Witsel to Everton is just a sign of how the Premier League is changing financially. A player who has previously been linked with moves to some of Europe’s biggest names is set to move to a club that can hardly even break the window in to the top half of the Premier League.
The Belgian has featured regularly at the European Championships and, despite spending several seasons there, the Zenit man looks set to have a move to the Premier League pencilled in for this summer.
Everton would obviously be ecstatic if they could pull off such a notable coup this summer and would be willing to shatter their transfer record for the privilege.
However, a player of this class is highly-desired around Europe. On that note, Premier League clubs are, on the whole, absolutely desperate for central midfielders.
There aren’t too many better than Witsel, so here are FIVE reasons that other Premier League clubs mustn’t let Everton complete this signing…
In the golden generations of Belgians, Axel Witsel seems to be one of the few players who is not lauded in the same way as others.
His quality in midfield is without doubt, but it is perhaps due to his lack of top-five league experience which means he is often overlooked. Without a question, Witsel is up to the standard of Champions League football and this must be the calibre of clubs that target him.
Playing for the Belgian national team these days is no small feat. Witsel is an integral part of the squad and it shows his adaptability.
Having also played in both Russia and Portugal, there is a resilience there that could surely be tapped in to by Premier League clubs. He has previously impressed in both leagues and is due his chance in England.
The central-midfield market seems quite hectic at the moment. It’s an area that many Premier League teams seem desperate to strengthen and demand is far exceeding supply.
As a result of this, players, like Witsel, are seeing their transfer fees soar and many clubs will pay far too much for players nowhere near as good as Axel Witsel.
With the figures being touted for other players, competing with Everton for Witsel is a must for many Premier League clubs.
Few midfielders can play as many roles as well as Witsel.
If needed as a regista, deep-lying playmaker of box-to-box midfielder, Witsel will deliver a quality performance. As a result, he is a great asset in a number of different formations.
So many midfielders seem to need certain systems and tactical blueprints to fit in to the team, Witsel does not offer such issues.
As mentioned earlier, many players of Witsel’s ilk will cost far, far more than the Belgian.
The argument against Witsel will largely be about his lack of experience in the perceived ‘top’ leagues. Yes, this could be an issue, but his price relative to many others of his class should make him a certain target.
He oozes quality, has a complete midfield game and is available for what can only be considered a ‘reasonable’ price in the modern game.