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Can Everton afford to ignore Artem Dzyuba after stunning recent form?

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Can Everton afford to ignore Artem Dzyuba after stunning recent form?

Everton have had some trouble scoring goals this season.

In the Premier League, they’ve managed just 13 in 12 games, with new signing Moise Kean yet to get off the mark for his new club.

Cenk Tosun started at the weekend but has struggled to be prolific since joining the club in January 2018, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin still has plenty of developing to do.

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Marco Silva has at times used Richarlison through the middle, but the Brazilian still has plenty to learn about the role having started out as a natural winger.

There is a case to be made for getting a new striker in at Goodison Park, and one reported summer target has been absolutely flourishing of late.

Artem Dzyuba has been in very impressive form for Champions League outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg, scoring 10 goals and making 11 assists so far in all competitions in 2019/20.

 

He also has nine goals and five assists for Russia this calendar year.

TBR’s view – something different for Everton?

Dzyuba will be out of contract next summer, meaning a cheap January transfer would not be out of the question for him.

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Everton were linked in January (RT), and reportedly (raifan.ru) watched him for Russia against Scotland in September.

There appears to be some interest there, and maybe Everton director of football Marcel Brands should consider going against his usual policy of signing younger players with high potential sell-on value.

31-year-old Dzyuba is an absolute warrior for Russia and Zenit, and could be the man to increase productivity in the final third at Goodison Park.

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