Why Yussuf Poulsen would be a smart addition to Everton ranks
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton manager Marco Silva has ordered his scouts to make another round of extensive checks on RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen.
Yussuf Poulsen, 25, has spent the last six years playing in the Bundesliga and managed a career-best 19 goals in 44 appearances for Leipzig during the 2018-19 campaign. He has only managed one goal in six outings this term, although he has contributed six assists during an impressive start to the season.
The Denmark international is one of the exciting forwards in the Bundesliga and Leipzig know that they could be battling to keep hold of him. But Everton could face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle United, who also have a long-standing interest in him, the report adds.
Everton signed Moise Kean from Juventus over the summer, but the Italy international is yet to find the back of the net for his new club, while Cenk Tosun is seemingly deemed surplus to requirements at Goodison Park and there’s every chance of him leaving the club in the January transfer window.
Should Tosun leave, Marco Silva will be left with Moise Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the only striking options, although Richarlison can play through the middle as well.
The Toffees do need a prolific goalscorer to overcome the slow start they have made this season. Silva’s side are currently 14th in the Premier League table having suffered back-to-back defeats to Bournemouth and Sheffield United. Silva must quickly turn things around at the club if he is to avoid the sack.
Would Yussuf Poulsen solve Everton’s goalscoring woes? Certainly, he has the potential to do so. Standing at 6ft 4in tall, the Dane is able to play up top and out wide. He is a selfless player, willing to create opportunities and play the physical game that allows others the opportunity to take advantage.
The 25-year-old combines his physical strength with movement to find room to offer himself for a pass, and at the same time open up spaces for his fellow teammates to make the run in the final third.
Despite possessing a towering frame, Poulsen is no slouch in a footrace and backs his ability to beat the marker with his burst of acceleration and dribbling skills. He is the kind of striker that’ll not only add energy, pace and power to the Everton attack but also goal threat.
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With attackers like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moise Kean, Bernard and Richarlison around him, the Denmark international could thrive at Everton.
Silva must bring in a clinical striker to solve his team’s goalscoring woes, and Poulsen certainly does fit into that category.