Earlier in January, the Sun reported that Everton were very keen on making La Liga star Borja Iglesias one of their own. The Toffees were looking for a reliable front-man to keep them relevant and give Marco Silva a chance to prove himself in the league. Silva, who had arrived in the summer, spent the money at his disposal very smartly.
He added the right players in the right positions, which has proven to be a brilliant move six months into the season. The likes of Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Andre Gomes and even Bernard have all done relatively well this season.
Even Yerry Mina, despite all his issues with injuries this season, has done well, with Kurt Zouma stepping in when required. However, one player that the Portuguese manager failed to add over the summer was a new striker.
While he does have both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun at his disposal, neither of the two is a reliable goalscorer.
Sure, Calvert-Lewin is a workaholic who has done relatively well this season but the Englishman has managed only six goals. Tosun, on the other hand, has struggled since a move to Everton last January, only doing well in the first six months.
After that, the burly centre-forward has failed to integrate himself into Marco Silva’s plans and it shows why the club should reignite a move for Borja Iglesias. As mentioned earlier, the Toffees were linked with a move for the 26-year-old in January but nothing materialised.
Everton went their way and Iglesias stayed at Espanyol, continuing to bang in goals on a regular basis in the La Liga. So far, he has 15 goals across two competitions, averaging a goal every two games for Espanyol. That is at a much better rate than any Everton player.
Richarlison has averaged one every 190 minutes and Sigurdsson one every 220 minutes. What does make him perfect for the Premier League is his 6’2” frame. That combined with his intelligence and strength makes him a great centre-forward.
Iglesias loves shooting at goal, always ready to threaten a goalkeeper from range. It adds to his clinical nature, averaging 2.4 shots per game and 1.2 key passes.
The statistics showcase just how good he is and more importantly, how good Borja Iglesias can become for Everton. At the age of 26, he’s hit his prime and the Toffees would get few strikers as willing or hard working as he is.
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Everton are in the running for a Europa League qualification spot but the Toffees have it in them to challenge for so much more. In Marco Silva, they have a manager who can play aesthetically pleasing yet effective football but they need a reliable frontman.
In Borja Iglesias, they’ll get exactly that next summer, especially if they do reignite a move for the 26 year old.
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