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Everton’s £30m target Nicolas Pepe performing better than Neymar this season

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Everton’s £30m target Nicolas Pepe performing better than Neymar this season

Everton are being linked with a move for the Lille winger this month.

Everton are currently being linked with a move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe. The Toffees, along with a host of clubs, are believed to be keen on the talented attacker.

Indeed, as reported by the Daily Mail, Everton sent chief scout Martyn Glover to check out the attacker recently. The game in question was against Amiens and Pepe scored a hat-trick.

So it is no surprise that Everton are keen on the player valued at £30 million.

His record this season has been outstanding. The Ivory Coast wide-man has scored five and assisted five goals in his eight games so far this season.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar is seen during a training session on the eve of the team’s Champions League football match against Belgrad (Crvena zvezda) on October 2, 2018 at the Camp des Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Laye near Paris. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Such figures alone should have Everton fans convinced he is worth a punt.

However, how about saying he is better than Neymar for the clincher?

 

Week by week the French paper L’Equipe runs a player rating system. It takes the average rating from each game to highlight the best performing player in Ligue 1 at present.

As reported by Sport Witness this week, Pepe currently tops that table. The man he has pushed into second place? The world record-breaking £197 million Neymar.

Of course, Pepe has a long time to go before he can actually be classified as better than Neymar. In fact, it is unlikely he will ever achieve such a feat.

But at just 23-years-old he seems to have the world at his feet. Everton are right to be monitoring his situation.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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