Why Everton, not Liverpool should go all out to sign Domagoj Vida
According to reports, both Liverpool and Everton have shown their interest in signing Besiktas’ Croatian international centre-back, Domagoj Vida. However, recent developments suggest that the Reds have cooled their interest in the 29-year-old as Jurgen Klopp is happy with the current options.
In any case, it must be the Blue side of Merseyside which should be more indulged in this deal. New manager Marco Silva may need a new centre-back to bolster his defensive department after Everton were quite badly exposed last season, conceding goals for fun.
Vida is a terrific player who would certainly start for the Toffees, if bought. The Croat has the qualities and tenacity to be a good addition not only to the Everton squad but also to the Premier League.
Here’s why Everton must go all out for him:
Player Analysis – Domagoj Vida
Vida is a rugged blend of no-nonsense defending and physical domination. In spite of his rather slightly lesser height when compared to most centre-backs, the 29-year-old shows determination to win aerial duels and command his backline by dwarfing the centre-forwards with ease. He has an aerial duel success rate of 2.6 per game in the Turkish league.
The Croatian international is a very competitive character who doesn’t like to lose challenges against the opposition. In addition, he tends to perform his role to his maximum ability and force the ones around him to do their jobs in accordance to the plan. In short, he is a natural leader at the back for any team he plays for.
Vida was exceptional for his country in the recently concluded World Cup in Russia. Scoring against hosts from a corner epitomised his strength from set-pieces, which is generally a deadly weapon for several Premier League teams.
Vida is a high-class defender who can work wonders in the English top-flight. The 29-year-old has the propensities to make a massive difference in the Evertonian backline which was brittle last season.
Marco Silva must go all out for him because getting the “base of his team” right must be his initial priority before looking to add attackers. The club must make sure they do not leak goals like last season, otherwise, the same old story will repeat. For that reason, getting a level player like Vida is a must for them.
Stats Courtesy – Who Scored.com