According to TuttoMercatoWeb, Everton are chasing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa. West Ham United are also interested in the Japanese playmaker and he could make a return to the Premier League at the end of the season, as per The Sun.
Kagawa was one of the most impressive rising talents in Europe when he joined Manchester United from Dortmund back in 2012, having inspired the German side to the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal titles. However, the midfielder failed to make an impact during his two-season stay at Old Trafford and eventually returned back to Dortmund in 2014.
Since re-joining the German club in 2014, Kagawa has done extremely well, netting 31 goals in 139 games. This season, however, things have not gone according to plans and the playmaker has started just 12 games in the Bundesliga, having been injured for the most part of this campaign.
Given the fact that Kagawa is no more a regular starter at Dortmund, Everton are tracking his situation. However, will Kagawa prove to be a valuable signing for Everton after failing to make a mark at Manchester United?
It is evident that the Japan international has performed really well since re-joining Dortmund a few years ago. He did fail to cope with the physicality and pace of the Premier League and was deemed as a flop.
In fairness, perhaps Kagawa was not fully ready for the high-intensity demands of playing in England. However, Kagawa has now matured as a player and his resurgence in form has attracted the interest of Everton.
Currently at Everton, there are a plethora of midfielders – both defensive and attacking ones. The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and other offensive midfielders have the creativity to open up defences but lack the pace. This is where Kagawa would come handy, as the playmaker would offer both creativity and the pace that is needed.
Sam Allardyce’s Everton has a good squad but it lacks an energetic midfielder. A player like Kagawa would provide that by operating in an advanced position but effectively dropping deep as the game wears on.
Up front, Kagawa can link up with players like Rooney, Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun to create more chances. Kagawa is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Bundesliga today. He is underrated and is currently being overlooked at Dortmund, but his quality is undeniable.
The Japanese has greatly benefited from Dortmund’s quick passing game and would be a smash hit at Goodison Park.