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PSV’s Hirving Lozano would be fantastic upgrade to Yannick Bolasie for Everton

The Mexican international would be an exciting prospect at Goodison Park.

Max Cohen

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Reports in the Sunday Mirror (April 22nd, page 64), confirmed that PSV Director of Football Marcel Brands will be at Everton next season, an impressive acquisition that will also grease the chains for PSV players to replicate his move to Goodison Park.

Chief among these Eredivisie stars is Mexican international Hirving Lozano, a prolific winger that would slot in seamlessly at Everton.

At just 22 years of age, Lozano is enjoying a dream season at PSV, leading many to wonder if it is time to make the step up to the Premier League.

The winger has scored a stunning 16 goals and provided eight assists to date this season, making him second-top scorer in the division. Lozano’s unparalleled offensive contribution has led PSV to the Eredivisie title.

Even more impressive, Lozano’s remarkable season has come in his debut year in Europe. He signed for the Dutch club from Mexican side Pachuca in June 2017 and has taken Holland by storm in his first year abroad.

(during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and VVV Venlo held at Philips Stadion on March 17, 2018 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

This knack for adapting to a new, unfamiliar environment is what makes the Mexican international a perfect fit for a move to Everton. The winger has shown he is not phased by a change of scenery and will be tipped to hit the ground running at Goodison Park.

Lozano is deadly when stationed on the left side of a front three, constantly cutting inside on his preferred right foot and unleashing unerring finishes past despairing goalkeepers.

His trademark acceleration and devastating dribbling skills are Lozano’s best features and will provide constant headaches for Premier League backlines.

With Brands set to be announced as Everton’s new Director of Football, the Merseyside will benefit from a distinct advantage in the continental race to sign Hirving Lozano.

The Mexican star would prove to be a famous signing for the Toffees, offering a superior alternative to the maddeningly inconsistent Yannick Bolasie on the left wing.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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Wilmar Barrios would be best joining Everton this summer

The Colombian stood out at the World Cup but Tottenham are also keen.

Mathew Nash

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Everton are the latest club being linked with a move for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios. The 24-year-old, who is also being courted by Tottenham Hotspur, has just come off the back of an excellent World Cup. TyC Sport are now suggesting that Everton would like to snap him up.

Barrios has a release clause of €18 million (£15.9m) and Everton are seemingly ready to test his resolve to remain in Argentina until the new year.

He showed at the tournament in Russia that he is ready for a move to Europe. Landing a headbutt on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will surely only help him win over fans at Goodison Park should he make the move.

But Tottenham’s interest has been in the pipeline for much longer. Everton will likely have a fight on trying to convince Barrios to head their way and ignore the interest from North London.

However, Barrios might be better off heading to Everton.

Why?

He is far more likely to get regular football at Everton. Central midfield is a problem area for the Toffees.

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Morgan Schneiderlin is universally unpopular with the Everton fans. James McCarthy is injured. Mo Besic, it seems, is up for grabs. The options in midfield for Everton are not as plentiful as they once were. Some youngsters, such as Tom Davies and Callum Connolly are coming through, but Everton still need to improve the middle of the park and Barrios partnered with Idrissa Gana Gueye could prove formidable.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have the likes of Victor Wanyama, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks all vying for the midfield places.

Barrios would be better off at Everton where he can get his feet down and running as soon as possible.

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Jordan Pickford must bring his superb World Cup form back to Goodison Park

The 24-year-old was a stand-out performer in Russia.

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After winning out on the battle to be England’s number one at the World Cup, Jordan Pickford lit up England’s World Cup run with stunning saves and match-winning performances.

Now, the 24-year-old faces a critical campaign at Everton and must continue his bright form in the Premier League. 

Undoubtedly the Tofees’ best performer last year, Pickford can make a case to become one of the best keepers in the world under the management of Marco Silva.

Signed from Sunderland in 2017, he  became the most expensive English goalkeeper ever, but at times struggled to fulfil his sky-high potential at Goodison Park.

Although Pickford was constantly one of Everton’s brightest stars, offering consistency in a troubled season, he was occasionally prone to rash decisions.

But, in Russia, the Englishman truly brought his career to the next level with superb outings on the world’s biggest stage. The Colombia match will long live in the memory, with his penalty shootout heroics preceded by an excellent stop in the dying minutes of normal time.

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The 24-year-old’s heroics drew the plaudits of England’s 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, who tipped Pickford to be England’s number one for the foreseeable future.

“I thought he played really well. I was quite surprised, when you think he is quite young. I am sure the manager will pick him for the next few games. If he keeps playing as he has done he will stay with that job, definitely.”

All together, his tournament led to impassioned calls for him to be awarded the Golden Glove, and rightfully so.

Jordan Pickford can now be considered one of the best young goalkeepers in the world, and under Marco Silva he must bring his exquisite England form to the domestic front.

With a world-class goalkeeper between the sticks, the Toffees’ chances of making a push for the European places suddenly look a lot more realistic.

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Everton news round-up: Zaha stays, Klaassen to Besiktas unlikely and Lascelles not interested

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Zaha not for sale

Everton have been linked with a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha recently, along with a host of other clubs.

The Ivorian has recently rejected a new deal at Selhurst Park which sparked an apparent increase in the interest.

But his manager Roy Hodgson has made it clear, no deal will be going ahead.

The Eagles boss says Zaha is simply not for sale. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the £70 million player will stay with Palace ‘for the next four years’, the length of his current contract.

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Tosun on Klaassen

Davy Klaassen has been linked with an Everton exit all summer, after a poor debut campaign at Goodison Park.

The Dutchman, who joined for £23.6 million last summer, has struggled on Merseyside.

One team who have been heavily linked with a move for the player are Turkish side Besiktas. But current Everton striker Cenk Tosun has made it clear that deal won’t happen.

He told Sabah that Klaassen was not keen on a move to the Turkish Super Lig.

Lascelles no-go

Everton have recently been linked with a move for Jamaal Lascelles but that now seems to be a no-go. The £25m-rated defender has no interest in leaving his current club.

According to The Times, the 24-year-old is happy at St James’ Park and settled in the area. He enjoys playing for Rafa Benitez and captaining the side.

Everton, along with West Ham United, will, therefore, need to identify a new centre-back target.

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