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Lucas Ocampos might be the one that got away for Everton

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Lucas Ocampos might be the one that got away for Everton

Everton appear to be in the market for a new winger this summer.

Last term, the Toffees struggled to supply Richarlison from wide areas, and it is clear there is a need to invest.

Theo Walcott and Bernard have their moments but ultimately do not contribute enough goals and assists.

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Between them in 2019/20, they managed just five goals between them in all competitions and six assists.

Everton, at the moment, are in danger of becoming too reliant upon Richarlison, and need goal contributions to come consistently from other attacking players.

It is, perhaps, a shame that Everton were unable to complete the signing of Lucas Ocampos from Marseille ahead of the 2019/20 season.

 

According to Calciomercato, the Toffees had been keeping tabs on the player in the run-up to the 2019 summer window, but the interest in the then £13.4 million-valued player (Le10 Sport) was not followed up.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Sevilla - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final

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Ocampos eventually completed a move to Sevilla, and is set to finish the 2019/20 season with at least 23 goal contributions (17 goals, five assists) to Bernard and Walcott’s 11.

TBR’s View – The one that got away?

Ocampos dazzled for Sevilla against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League quarter-final on Tuesday night.

The three-cap Argentina international was a constant threat for the Spanish outfit, and scored the winner on 88 minutes to set up a last-four clash with Manchester United.

According to Squawka he made the most ball recoveries (6), had the most shots (4)and completed even more take-ons than Adama Traore (5).

Whatever the reason was that Everton didn’t move, it sure looks to be the wrong decision now – and perhaps his form is worth keeping a closer eye on going forwards.

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