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Everton reportedly want £17m star but he’s not the right player this summer

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Everton reportedly want £17m star but he’s not the right player this summer

Everton overcame a seriously sticky period in their 2018/19 campaign to secure a respectable ninth place finish in the Premier League.

Marco Silva found the going tough at times but oversaw a mini-revival towards the end of the season. His team defeated Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United during the closing stages of 2018/19.

The challenge for the Portuguese boss next season will be to lead the Toffees back into European competition with a top-six finish.

In order to achieve that goal, some new recruits will need to be added and several areas could do with bolstering following last season.

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One particular area that perhaps needs shaking up is up front. Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the line last season but as a youngster, he could do some experienced competition.

The Telegraph last week linked Everton with a move for Red Bull Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin. The 21-year-old is available for £17.5 million and has caught Leicester’s eye as well.

 

Right player, wrong time

Quite simply, the move makes very little sense from an Everton perspective.

The striker is around the same age as Calvert-Lewin for starters, so he doesn’t tick the box of providing Calvert-Lewin with experience to learn from.

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The two had almost identical records last season too. Augustin netted eight goals and registered two assists for Leipzig, whilst the England Under-21 performer scored the same amount of goals and contributed one extra assist.

At £17.5 million the French forward might represent some value for money given the potential he possesses, but then Calvert-Lewin will improve too.

If Everton are going to fork out that sort of money on a striker then it needs to be someone different to Augustin. He quite simply represents too much of a risk for the Toffees and Silva can’t afford any flops in the transfer market this summer.

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