Everton Opinion: Why the Toffees should go all out to sign Gregoire Defrel?
According to a report from Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, Everton have been linked with AS Roma forward Gregoire Defrel. (h/t ECHO)
The Frenchman, 27, spent the last season on loan at Sampdoria, scoring 11 goals in 36 appearances. He managed just one goal in 20 appearances for Roma in the 2017/18 campaign but his temporary spell with Sampdoria has caught the attention of Everton, who are certainly in the summer transfer market for attacking reinforcements.
The Toffees boss Marco Silva will be desperate to add a proven goalscorer to his ranks at Goodison Park this summer, as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging for the top six next season. The Merseysiders struggled for goals this season despite Silva trying different tactics in his first season at the club.
Cenk Tosun was expected to be Silva’s premium striker but the Turkey international endured a disappointing 2018/19 which yielded just three goals in 25 league games. Dominic Calvert-Lewin worked really hard but six goals in 35 appearances isn’t exactly an ideal return, even if he started just half of those games.
That saw the likes of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson shoulder the goalscoring responsibility for Everton and while they did their bit, the Royal Blues need someone to constantly come up goals and assists. To that end, Gregoire Defrel could be the answer to the Toffees’ problems next term.
Defrel had a good season in the Serie A and would certainly take Everton’s attack to the next level. The Frenchman possesses pace in abundance, is a deadly finisher in front of goal and can stretch defences with lung-bursting runs into the channels. He has a sweet left foot with which he can hit the ball fiercely and test goalkeepers from long-range.
The 27-year-old is clearly a talented forward and will offer plenty of versatility to Silva. The Portuguese manager can use Defrel in different attacking positions, potentially helping his team form a deadly attack alongside the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
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The Frenchman could thrive under Silva at the Goodison Park when given extra responsibility and thought of as a key player.
At 27, Defrel is entering the prime years of his career and Silva must do all he can to bring the 5ft 11in Frenchman to Goodison Park this summer. If Everton manages to sign the forward from AS Roma it could turn out to be a signing of real significance.
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