Why Everton must consider signing Stanislav Lobotka in January
Everton have made a fairly decent start to their campaign after a bunch of favourable results to begin the season with. However, there is fragile confidence to some of their performances as it could be said that they’ve been a little fortunate with their results and we’ll only know over time if they’re the real deal this season.
Marco Silva is a man under pressure and there’s a case to be made that they looked slightly better in their last game with Fabian Delph in the side as other midfielders were really struggling in previous games.
The Toffees lost their best midfielder in the summer in Idrissa Gueye and they’re going to lack the legs and the game-reading abilities with the departure of the Senegalese international.
One player who could’ve helped that transition by offering something different and who has been linked with a move in the summer is Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka.
The Slovakian is one of the most underrated midfielders in the La Liga, as he’s not someone who scores a lot of goals or rack up assists, however, he is a true dictator in the midfield.
He’s a fantastic dribbler and extremely good in tight spaces, often driving from defence to midfield. His small stature allows him to get about the pitch and win fouls but he also provides fantastic defensive contributions, which would help him adapt to the Premier League.
Everton have already got the likes of Andre Gomes, who was a massive success at Goodison Park last season, Fabian Delph, and new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
Everton are clearly looking to move into a more attack-oriented unit under Marco Silva but it was quite clear last season that he didn’t have the tools to do that, having often depended on the individual brilliance of Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson
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With teams often pressing opponents a lot more in the Premier League with a lot of intensity, someone like Lobotko is a fantastic player to have in your side as he’s extremely press-resistant due to his low centre of gravity.
Everton still look a little weak in the midfield department and they should’ve done more to get a player like Lobotko into the side. They must consider the option of moving for the player when the transfer window reopens in January.