Everton target Leander Dendoncker’s Europa League form in numbers

Everton will be on the transfer warpath this summer as Ronald Koeman looks to assemble a squad capable of competing for Champions League qualification whilst fending off interest in the likes of Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.

And according to The Sun, the Toffees are already eyeing up one potential addition in the form of defensive midfielder Leander Dendoncker, who is reportedly tempted by the idea of working under Ronald Koeman.

The Anderlecht prodigy has been in fine form this season but the Belgian top flight is understandably not the best barometer of ability – although the division does have a strong track record of exports proving successful in the Premier League.

Fortunately, however, Anderlecht have also impressed in Europe this season and Dendoncker was a key part of the squad that reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, where they eventually lost in extra time to Manchester United.

Those twelve outings in Europe’s second competition have given us a taste of what to expect from the two-cap Belgium international should he turn up at Goodison Park ahead of 2017/18. As our infographic shows, the 22-year-old is busy defensive midfielder, producing impressive returns for tackles, interceptions, headers and clearances whilst using the ball well with 85% passing accuracy.

With Gareth Barry not getting any younger, Dendoncker represents a natural replacement at the base of Everton’s midfield. So, Toffees fans, would you back a summer swoop for the £12million-rated Anderlecht ace? Let us know by voting below…

 


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