Everton Opinion: Toffees should beat Arsenal to the signing of Leandro Trossard
The Daily Star also understands that the 24-year-old is rated at £25million by Genk, though the player’s agent has stated that the Belgian giants will consider offers above £17million to part ways with their influential skipper.
The same report claims that Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Trossard last summer but a move to the Emirates never really materialized for the 24-year-old former Belgian youth international.
Interestingly, Everton manager Marco Silva has now set his sights on the left-winger in a bid to bolster his ranks in the summer. The Belgian has enjoyed a wonderful run in the Belgian top flight this season, accumulating an impressive 22 goals and 10 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions for Genk.
Quite understandably, his red-hot form has put him on the radar of some of the bigger clubs in Europe, with the Daily Star reporting that Everton would need to fend off interest from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg if they are to get their hands on the Belgian this summer.
Trossard has 28 caps for Belgium at all youth levels comprised from U16 to U21 but he is yet to make his senior international bow for his nation, despite being called up by coach Roberto Martinez on numerous occasions over the last year and a half.
A youth product of Genk, Trossard had some loan spells at Lommel United, Westerlo and OH Leuven before establishing himself as a regular at his boyhood club. All in all, he boasts of an impressive tally for Genk, having accumulated 39 goals and 20 assists from 117 appearances for his club in all competitions till date.
To put things into perspective, Everton should not hesitate to table a bid for Leandro Trossard in the summer in order to add more depth and firepower to their attacking ranks. The Toffees seem to have hit top gear late in their first season under Marco Silva and a few fresh arrivals in the summer would certainly help them reach greater heights in the Premier League next term, as they look to close the gap on the big-six and make a return to the European stage.
While an out-and-out centre-forward as a replacement for Cenk Tosun should be high on the manager’s wishlist for the summer, Everton also need to bring in reinforcements to add more depth to their wide options.
Richarlison has been rotated between his preferred left-wing and centre-forward role but the arrival of a new striker would see the Brazilian start on the left-hand side of the attack more often than not.
However, the Toffees have every reason to be concerned about the lacklustre performances of Bernard, who arrived at Goodison Park on a free transfer last summer.
The Brazilian has put in a lot of effort but things just haven’t fallen into place for him in his first season in English football. Maybe, Everton should look to bring in Leandro Trossard to increase competition for places, and given that the Belgian has hit great heights in his homeland, he might prove to be an upgrade on Bernard in due course of time.
Essentially a right-footed inverted winger operating down the left, Trossard is noted for his low centre-of-gravity, good close-control, sudden bursts of pace, quick feet, sharpness on the ball and dribbling skills.
He likes to use his pace and acceleration to cut inside from the flanks, allowing himself to create space and have a shot on goal from range. Known for his accurate crossing and intelligent link-up play, the Belgian tends to move the ball around quickly in the final third and creates chances with his incisive passing.
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Everton might have fallen short of Wolves in their pursuit of European football this time around but they have plenty of positives to take from their Premier League campaign.
It has been quite apparent all throughout the season that they need more depth in their attacking options and there is no reason why Trossard cannot be the man to answer their prayers, though there is always an element of risk involved in signing players from lower leagues.