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6 minutes ago, Matt said:

Would he come to play back up?

First choice left mid. That’s where he’s been playing in a Bournemouth 4-4-2. Constant threat to us on the final day but that’s not saying much.

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2 minutes ago, c1982 said:

First choice left mid. That’s where he’s been playing in a Bournemouth 4-4-2. Constant threat to us on the final day but that’s not saying much.

If we’re talking about a massive upgrade on our midfield, I’d want better than him. 

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2 minutes ago, BedfordBlue said:

Very average 

I actually think he’s decent - bit of a late developer. I think he’s come on a lot over the past few seasons. More suited to the left mid role that anyone we currently have. He wouldn’t be my first choice but is better than many of the wingers we currently have.

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This deal actually makes a lot of sense to me. DCL, Richarlison, Kean and King as 4 striking options but Richarlison and King would have the versatility to play as wingers. It would give us very good options and at a reasonable price so we can focus on more pressing issues e.g. central midfield and right back.

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17 minutes ago, c1982 said:

This deal actually makes a lot of sense to me. DCL, Richarlison, Kean and King as 4 striking options but Richarlison and King would have the versatility to play as wingers. It would give us very good options and at a reasonable price so we can focus on more pressing issues e.g. central midfield and right back.

In that sense I agree, but that’s why I made my first post; would he come to play backup? 

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6 minutes ago, Matt said:

In that sense I agree, but that’s why I made my first post; would he come to play backup? 

His versatility would probably mean that he’d start most games (with this current squad) - just not necessarily as a striker. Say we had signed him In January - he’d have started every game from left mid as he’s better suited to that position than Bernard and Iwobi in a 4-4-2.

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Put in simple terms - we don’t really NEED a striker currently as we have 3 potentially top, top young strikers in Dom, Richarlison and Kean but if a more experienced striker who already knows the league and is better than what we have currently in other positions (left mid) at a relatively low fee then it’s a no brainier to me.

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6 minutes ago, c1982 said:

His versatility would probably mean that he’d start most games (with this current squad) - just not necessarily as a striker. Say we had signed him In January - he’d have started every game from left mid as he’s better suited to that position than Bernard and Iwobi in a 4-4-2.

For £15m I think he’d be a good signing but I’m not convinced he’d come without being a guaranteed starter. Maybe he would’ve been had he joined in January but that’s more a reflection of poor form and not justification 

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2 hours ago, Bailey said:

Always liked him, I'm just not sure he really fits into our system. Its another rumour where I think this isn't the position we need to strengthen right now.

He’s played in a 4-4-2 under Howe as a left mid or centre forward for the past however many years.

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45 minutes ago, c1982 said:

He’s played in a 4-4-2 under Howe as a left mid or centre forward for the past however many years.

He has prodimantly played as the second striker, linking the midfield to attack whilst Wilson has been leading the line or at least he has when I have watched.

He has played some games from the left, like he did against us but against us he played more like a winger than a between the lines player. He must have been one of the most advanced players on the pitch. 

If I was going to bring him to Everton I would want him in the advanced positions. He defends like an attacker (ie crap) so you aren't going to get the best out of him if you stick him in one the wide roles we use where they are expected to do more than their fair share of defending. There is a big difference in that position between Howe and Ancelotti IMO.

I do think he would fit the second striker, advanced midfielder role or whatever you want to call it, but that is essentially Richarlison's position or if we play with an attacking midfielder it will be Siggurdson's position. Its also likely to be Gordon's best position and Iwobi's. Now we can all have our view on who we would prefer there but its a role that should be well down the priority list for me.

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