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Everton linked with Barcelona target as they move on from Sigurdsson

Honestly, we’re not sure how he’d fit into the team.

SSC Napoli v OGC Nice Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

With the Gylfi Sigurdsson rumor mill potentially, finally, and mercifully perhaps shutting down for good, Everton will need to set its sights elsewhere to bring a creative influence into the side.

The club remains short on wide players, and after watching underwhelming performances from Kevin Mirallas and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in that role yesterday (though Sandro Ramirez was quite good off the bench), you’d expect that to be the position they continue to target.

That Everton has been linked with OGC Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri by Ed Aarons, football editor of the Guardian, then, might come as a bit of a surprise.

Seri is undoubtedly a nice player, but there are serious questions as to how the player would fit in Everton’s side. Last year, Nice used a 5-3-2 formation and Seri sat as a CM. The role prescribed for Sigurdsson has been as a winger with the ability to cut inside. There simply is not a lot of data showing that he would be comfortable spending that much time out wide.

The position that would be the most natural fit for Seri in Everton’s current setup would be the role new man Davy Klaassen excelled so much in during the club’s first competitive match. Double buying in that position simply makes no sense.

A heat map from a recent game for Seri

Nice have asked Arsenal for €35m for his services — at that price, the man better be able to do the job prescribed. These sorts of questions about tactical fit marks are not what you want when you would nearly be breaking a club record for a player.

Another question is whether the 26 year old Seri can actually do what he’s done at a Premier League level. The notion that a player needs to be ‘Premier League Proven’ in order to be worth buying is almost entirely nonsense, but Seri moved to Nice on a €1m transfer in July of 2015.

His two stops before that were Paços Ferreira and ASEC Mimosas (bonus points to you if you had any idea who those clubs were before clicking on this post). Combine that with the notoriously weak nature of the French League and this radar doesn’t soothe all fears:

We’ve discussed other options for creative players extensively here at RBM. I have no interest whatsoever in seeing Seri in an Everton shirt given the questions about his position and his quality.