Do Everton really need to sign Porto's Yacine Brahimi?
After a slow start in the transfer market, Everton have made swift progress in the past couple of weeks completing moves for Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie. Throughout the summer they have appeared to favour players with experience in the Premier League, with all signings joining from other British clubs. They appear to want players who don’t need time to adapt to the physicality of the league, but they could be set to bring in a player from abroad before the transfer window closes.
Sky Sports report that Everton are in talks with FC Porto over attacker Yacine Brahimi, who has been linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal this summer. Talks are progressing well between the two clubs, but the player himself will need to be convinced before making the move, as he wants to be playing Champions League football. It looks increasingly likely that he will leave Porto this summer having been left out of their first three matches.
The Algerian international has had an interesting career path, plying his trade in France, Spain and Portugal, but it was only with Porto that he started to emerge as a big name in Europe. He showed his ability at Granada and excited fans with his flair on the ball. In his last season in Spain, his dribbling ability caught the attention of Porto, as he finished with the most successful dribbles (164), which was more than Lionel Messi (143).
Brahimi is a wonderful player to watch and he would provide flair and dynamism to the Everton attack. On his day, he can be unplayable when running with the ball, which is why Everton are looking to sign him. He is most dangerous when given a free role with his tight ball control, intelligent link-up play and quality end product causing problems for defenders.
Last season in the Champions League, the Porto attacker scored five goals and contributed three assists, which emphasises how good he is. He is a player who rises to the occasion and gives his best performances in big matches.
Although he is a great player and would provide Everton with another dangerous option in attack, it would be a questionable move to bring him in. Brahimi is likely to cost a buying club as much as £40 million, which is a huge fee, especially for a club who have just paid £30 million for Yannick Bolasie. They could be about to spend £70 million on two very similar players and there is not a need for both in the squad, even though Brahimi is arguably a much better player than Bolasie.
There are also doubts about the Algerian international’s attitude, as he went missing a lot last season when things were going badly for FC Porto. He can be petulant as he showed when he publicly disrespected the former manager Jose Peseiro after being substituted. Brahimi stormed off the field and threw his training jacket to the floor. This was one of the many actions that caused the attacker to go from fan favourite to being questioned by the Porto supporters.
Furthermore, he can be a liability defensively and may struggle to fit into Ronald Koeman’s system which requires every player to play at high intensity. Brahimi is individualistic and can be selfish on the pitch to the detriment of his team.
Everton are showing ambition by trying to sign Brahimi as he is a Champions League calibre player if he adds consistency to his game. However he isn’t an ideal fit for Everton’s system and would cost a huge amount of money. There are more pressing concerns in the squad that need addressing before the transfer window closes and their money should be spent in these areas. Ideally, they need a goalkeeper, centre back and striker to add both quality and depth. There are no doubts that Brahimi is an excellent player, but Everton should have their sights elsewhere.
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