There are rumblings out there that Everton Football Club might be chasing another attacking midfielder. Dear reader, please understand: Everton Football Club do not need another attacking midfielder.
The player is Hoffenheim’s star talisman Kerem Demirbay, who is admittedly pretty good. Demirbay has recently moved into the picture for the German national team, and registered six goals and ten assists in the Bundesliga last season. His underlying numbers bear out his effectiveness for Julian Nagelsmann’s side, too.
The trouble is twofold. One, Everton’s problem is not necessarily creating chances - indeed, they out-chanced Manchester United yesterday - it’s finishing them.
Secondly, there are too many players in the attacking midfield for Sam Allardyce to properly make sense of it all. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney are rightly two of the first names on the team sheet. Ross Barkley will be back any minute and who on earth knows what will happen with his situation, while Tom Davies likes to get forward, too.
Yannick Bolasie’s creative abilities have returned, and Davy Klaassen still exists, somewhere, if only in our hearts and minds. Kieran Dowell will, at some point, come home from Nottingham Forest.
We’ve said in this space before, and will continue to say that there’s nothing inherently wrong with adding talented players, especially young ones. However, the Blues would do well to focus on areas of more importance - namely, centre forward and left-sided defense.
Data visualization courtesy of Ted Knutson