Ademola Lookman should reunite with Ralph Hsenhuttl at Southampton
According to the Daily Star, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has expressed his interest in Everton youngster Ademola Lookman and the Austrian wants to make the 21-year-old one of his first signings after replacing Mark Hughes at the St. Mary’s.
Hasenhuttl was in charge of RB Leipzig last season when Lookman excelled on his loan spell in the Bundesliga, scoring 5 goals from just 7 league starts. And reports claim that the Austrian is ready to convince the Saints to make a bid for the 21-year-old in January to bolster his attack.
Lookman has only started a single game in the Premier League under Marco Silva this season and the opportunity of working with his former manager at Leipzig might be an appealing proposition for the youngster.
The England U21 international has played a ridiculously low 309 minutes of first-team football in the Premier League over 10 substitute appearances which have mostly been 10 or 15-minute cameos towards the end of the game. However, he scored in Everton’s 2-1 triumph over Lincoln City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
A wide man blessed with a youthful burst of energy and rich and varied skill sets, Lookman is known for his ability to play direct football and run at the opposition’s defence. Despite his tender years, he plays with a positive body language and has an air of confidence about his game, backing himself to rip apart the opposition with his acceleration, dribbling and clever changes of direction.
Lookman is also a good crosser of the ball and is known for his ability to create goals from the wide areas. While he is capable of producing the spectacular with pieces of individual brilliance, Lookman has shown maturity beyond his years in his link-up play and knows exactly how to combine with his teammates in the final third. Furthermore, he can be even more devastating with his pace during counter-attacking situations.
To put things into perspective, he would be an ideal signing for Southampton and a move to the St. Mary’s would be a win-win situation for all parties involved. While the move would provide Lookman with more first-team action to continue his development in the right direction, Southampton would also bag a massive coup by getting their hands on one of the potential future stars of English football.
The Saints have struggled for creativity in the final third all season and even though, they have looked more promising under Hasenhuttl, they still have a lot of work to do in the second half of the season if they are to avoid the drop. Southampton currently sit in the relegation zone with 16 points from 21 games and they need to bag some valuable points if they are to steer themselves to safety.
While Danny Ings has been rather inconsistent this season, Shane Long and Charlie Austin have also struggled to find any sort form in front of goal. Summer recruit Mohamed Elyounoussi and Nathan Redmond have been well below-par, thus contributing to the team’s miseries in the final third.
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According to Sky Sports, Everton demanded a whopping £25million in the summer for Ademola Lookman and Southampton would have to smash their transfer record to get him. However, he is a player with huge potential and the Saints do everything in their power to lure the player away from Merseyside in January
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Everton Opinion: Toffees should make Borja Iglesias a priority this summer
According to claims from Spanish source El Desmarque, Everton are prepared to offer Espanyol striker Borja Iglesias a significant pay rise to lure him to Goodison Park in the summer, with reports suggesting that the Toffees would be happy to quadruple the Spaniard’s wages.
This is not the first time, though, that Everton have been linked with the 26-year-old, with Marca reporting that the Toffees wanted to sign the centre-forward in January, only for the player to turn down the move.
A youth product of Valencia and Villarreal, Iglesias established himself as a prolific goalscorer for Celta Vigo’s reserve team in his earlier days and netted a staggering 22 goals for Real Zaragoza last season in the Segunda Division before making his mark in the La Liga following a summer switch to Espanyol.
The 26-year-old has finally made an impact in his debut season in the top flight, scoring 14 goals from 33 appearances in all competitions.
The Toffees promised a lot after spending a fortune in the transfer window last summer but they have been anything but impressive in their first season under Marco Silva.
Everton were expected to challenge for a top-six finish after bringing in the likes of
Silva will be expected to dip into the transfer market once again this summer to add a few fresh faces and centre-forward is one area which is in dire need of investment.
Cenk Tosun was supposed to be one of the mainstays of Everton’s forward line but the Turk has largely underwhelmed with his performances and the Toffees need to get him off their books at the earliest. Richarlison has done well as a makeshift centre-forward but he is always more dangerous when he plays out wide on the left.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has made a significant impact up front in recent months but the Toffees need to bring in a prolific goalscorer- someone who can score 15-20 goals in a season, to challenge for a European spot.
They have been on the lookout for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku since the Belgian’s departure to Man United, and in Borja Iglesias, they might have finally found the man to answer their prayers.
Standing at 6ft.2 inches with a towering frame, Borja Iglesias is a no-nonsense out-and-out centre-forward who is known for his clinical finishing.
More of an old-school physical centre-forward rather than a modern-day playmaking wide forward, Iglesias uses his height and strength to win plenty of aerial balls inside the box.
Regarded as a fox inside the box, the Spaniard mainly relies on his instincts and awareness to score goals – rising above the defenders to get his head to the ball from crosses and set-pieces, making subtle runs behind the backline and positioning himself perfectly for simple tap-ins.
Although he is not particularly fast, Iglesias can be deceptive with his pace and sharpness and has notable flair on the ball, often turning his marker to have a proper crack on goal. Furthermore, he is a tireless worker who seldom runs out of steam.
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Everton need to aim for better things next season and Iglesias, though a relatively late bloomer at 26, has shown strong signs of excellence at the highest level. That said, the Toffees should go all out in their pursuit of the Spaniard this summer.
Olivier Giroud must forget Chelsea and join any of these 2 PL sides to revive his career – Here is why
Chelsea Opinion: Two ideal Premier League destinations for Olivier Giroud
According to a report from Sky Sports, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud wants to move back to France when his contract expires at the end of the season after growing frustrated by a lack of playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.
The Frenchman, 32, has made just see Premier League starts this season. He has fallen behind the on-loan Gonzalo Higuain in the pecking order after the Argentine’s arrival from Juventus in January.
This has resulted in Olivier Giroud getting very less opportunities in the Premier League, although he has been a regular in Europa League where he is the competition’s top-scorer with nine goals in as many games.
The striker, who won the World Cup with France last summer, may have admitted his desire to move back to France but there could be clubs in the Premier League that could hand Giroud an opportunity to continue his career in England.
With that in mind, here are two ideal Premier League destinations for Giroud.
1. West Ham
According to a report from the Daily Mirror, West Ham wanted to sign Giroud last summer and again in January. But Manuel Pellegrini ended up keeping Marko Arnautovic as a move to China failed to materialise.
But come summer, Pellegrini could face a potential burnout of options in the strike department.
Arnautovic, despite penning a new one-year contract extension, could leave if a bigger club comes calling, while Andy Carroll is out of contract in June. Javier Hernandez may stay put after finding his form of late but Lucas Perez could leave West Ham due to lack of opportunities.
That leaves a big hole in the Hammers’ attack and there won’t be a better time for the Londoners to reignite their interest and sign Giroud. The Frenchman could be an ideal replacement for Carroll, whilst having a better fitness record than the English forward.
Also, the 32-year-old won’t cost a single penny for Pellegrini, meaning the Hammers could be able to use their funds in strengthening other areas of the pitch.
Everton have lacked a clinical goal-scorer since the departure of Romelu Lukaku two years ago. Cenk Tosun has failed to live up to the billing since joining from Besiktas in January 2018, leaving an extra burden of scoring regularly on the young shoulders of Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season.
The Toffees manager, Marco Silva, needs to address this problem ahead of the next season. And signing Giroud from Chelsea this summer would certainly be a step in the right direction for the Royal Blues.
In Giroud, Everton would finally get a focal point to their attack that they have desperately lacked all this campaign. The Frenchman is excellent at link-up play and his ability to hold the ball up would help bring the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Richarlison more into play.
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Not to forget, Everton would not need to break the bank for the former Arsenal man. All in all, the 32-year-old striker’s signing would represent a coup for Silva’s side.
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Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should sign Swansea’s Mike van der Hoorn
Everton have been hugely inconsistent this season under Marco Silva. Despite spending big in the summer transfer window, the Toffees sit 11th in the table and could miss out a place in the Europa League next season.
Silva’s team are unpredictable; they can lose to Newcastle United on one day and defeat Chelsea on the other. That’s how the Merseysiders have been all this season but next summer will prove to be an even bigger test for the Portuguese tactician and he’ll have to be smart in the next transfer window.
There are a few areas that needs addressing if the Toffees are to improve next season. Everton’s defence has been all over the place this campaign, with Silva’s men leaking goals for fun.
That should be Silva’s biggest concern and considering that the likes of Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma won’t be a part of the team in the 2019/20 campaign, the Portuguese manager has some serious planning to do from now on.
Losing Zouma and out of contract Jagielka will be big blows for the Merseyside outfit but it won’t be the end of the world, as with time and confidence, Michael Keane has stepped up and proven himself this season
That being said, the Toffees should make a summer swoop for Swansea City star, Mike van der Hoorn.
The Dutch defender has been a rock at the back for Swansea City in the Championship but the south Wales side are likely to miss out on a play-off spot.
Mike van der Hoorn is out of contract in the summer but his deal is said to contain a one-year extension in the club’s favour; however, the club’s parachute payments are dropping by the year and it may be the Welsh outfit’s best interests to let go off the 26-year-old this summer.
Van der Hoorn has been one of the consistent defenders in the Championship this term, excelling for the Swans with his strength, power, ball-playing abilities and leadership qualities.
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The Toffees would need a leader at the back following Jagielka’s departure. Van der Hoorn will be a fantastic fit at the Goodison Park and on a potentially free transfer, it’s a move Silva has to make especially if Everton are to have any chance of qualifying for Europe.
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