A player reportedly on the radar of Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti has been described as one of the “main architects” of his team’s title race.
Lazio forward Felipe Caicedo has been in impressive form for his side, registering eight goals and four assists in Serie A as the Biancocelesti sit second in the table, just a point behind Juventus.
The Ecuador international was linked with Everton at the start of March, Equagol claiming the Toffees and Premier League rivals Newcastle United are both keen on the former Manchester City man’s services.
This week, Italian site La Lazio Siamo Noi spoke to Gustavo Quinteros, who previously managed Caicedo at international level and is now head coach of Mexican club Club Tijuana.
Quinteros told the outlet: “I’ve never had any doubts on Caicedo, he is a technical striker and scores crucial goals. I’ve seen few like him.
“He’s helping Lazio reach the highest heights, one of the main architects of the Scudetto race.
“He’s a positive player, helps his teammates, is also important off the pitch. He’ll help Lazio reach their goals and I hope he can win the title with Lazio.”
With a new era ushered in at Everton courtesy of Ancelotti, it’s not surprising that his native Italy appears to be the Toffees’ main scouting ground.
While Caicedo may have not done particularly well at Man City, this was right at the start of his career, making the move in January 2008 when he was just 19.
Now 31 years old and with numerous seasons under his belt, he is a strong player with physical strength, great hold-up play and who, crucially, grabs “gol pesanti” (crucial goals), as mentioned both by Quinteros and the official Lazio site.
Having joined Lazio for just €2.5million (around £2.2million) in 2017 and now boasting a contract which runs until 2022, it remains to be seen how much Lazio would quote the Goodison Park side for his services.
That is, if they even choose to entertain selling a man who, by the end of the season – whenever this may be – could have helped his side win a first Italian title since 2000.