Everton beating Crystal Palace to sign this Ligue 1 star would solve their right-back woes permanently

Everton FC Opinion – Everton should beat Crystal Palace to sign Ruben Aguilar

According to a report in Calciomercato, Premier League duo of Everton and Crystal Palace are interested in signing Montpellier right-back Ruben Aguilar. The French club have been one of the surprise packages this season in the Ligue 1. They are currently sixth in the table, just two points behind fourth-placed Marseille, with a game in hand.

As a part of a resurgent team, Aguilar has had a decent year at right-back/right wing-back, having started 21 out of the 24 league games thus far. His versatility of operating as a right-back or as a wing-back or even as a right-sided midfielder is pretty vital for the team. The 25-year-old can also be used at left-back if required.

In terms of his performance levels this season, he has made tackles at a rate of three per game, which just goes to show he is a high-quality one-on-one defender in wide areas. The interception average of 1.2 epitomises his propensity to snuff out dangers before they are built.

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Ruben Aguilar

The Frenchman has been dribbled past at a mere rate of 0.9 per game, which is impressive, to say the least. Going forward, he can deliver good balls into the box and play key passes for the forward runners, at an average of 1.3. (Whoscored.com)

At the moment, his contract runs out at the end of next season, hence, he will be in his last 12 months of contract come the summer window. Here’s why Everton should beat Crystal Palace in signature of this player:

Everton’s need is far more apparent

If we look at the Everton squad, there are few areas in which they have to improve to become a much better unit under Marco Silva. One of those areas is the right-back. Seamus Coleman hasn’t been the same player since his return from a leg-breaking injury, and Jonjoe Kenny is still a young player who is learning his trade.

Marco Silva

On the other hand, Palace have one of the best right-backs in the league – Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Hence, their need for a right-back is far less apparent as compared to the Toffees.

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Therefore, in terms of which team can really do well by signing Ruben Aguilar – it is Everton. The 25-year-old is a high-quality fullback whose peak years are around the corner, when he can be in his best shape for the next three to four years. Marco Silva’s men getting his services for most of that time would be a real bonus for the team.

Written by Mizgan Masani

A football enthusiast, who loves to analyse the game in depth. Following various leagues and knowing about the playing styles of different managers intrigues me to the core.
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