Kenneth Zohore linked to Everton and Brighton - what would he offer?
Kenneth Zohore has played a key role in Cardiff City’s perfect start to the new season and his performance have attracted Premier League interest. ESPN report that Everton and Brighton are set to go head-to-head for the 23-year-old’s signature. The latter have already had two bids rejected, but are ready to launch an improved offer. Meanwhile, the Toffees have joined the race as they try to sign a new striker before the transfer deadline.
The Danish striker has been one of the leading Championship players since the arrival of Neil Warnock as Cardiff manager. The Englishman is still regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound managers in the division and his management of Zohore has shown why.
Last season, the 23-year-old scored 12 goals and finished as the club’s top scorer. During the five matches of the 2017/18 campaign, he has only scored once, but his overall contribution has been key to the Bluebirds’ success.
What would he offer?
It is obvious that both teams need to add at least one striker before the end of the transfer window. Zohore is a raw talent, but he has improved a lot during the course of 2017. Due to the fact that good strikers are rare in the modern game, he offers an interesting option for Premier League sides. He is a powerful player, capable of playing as a lone forward as he can hold up the ball and bring the midfielders into the game, as shown by his two assists this season.
There is clearly potential, but he would need time to adjust to the top-flight. It could be a little too soon for a Premier League move as he is making steady progress in the Championship. His finishing is improving and he is doing well in his role leading the line for Cardiff. Zohore’s movement is getting better and better with every game. It would be a gamble for either Everton or Brighton, but given the lack of strikers available, it might be one worth taking.
How likely is a move?
Brighton would be a better move for him, as it is a smaller step up from Cardiff and he would be guaranteed minutes. They will be desperate to sign a striker, given the current lack of options in their squad. However, Cardiff will try to convince Zohore that it isn’t a significant step up and he would be better served staying to play a part in their promotion bid.
It would be more difficult to resist a serious offer from Everton and it isn’t completely impossible that they move for Zohore. Steve Walsh, head of recruitment at Goodison Park, keeps a close eye on the lower divisions and the club haven’t been afraid to take a chance on players that impress in them. They have shown a preference for younger talent and might see the 23-year-old as the best attainable striker.
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