Everton are closing in on a club record deal worth up to £35m to sign Yacine Brahimi from FC Porto as per reports from The Guardian. It also claims that Everton’s move for Napoli forward Manolo Gabbiadini has hit a snag at the moment but could be back on anytime soon. After a relatively slow approach to the summer transfer window, Everton shattering their club record for a player like Brahimi will be a massive statement of intent from the Toffees.
So far this summer, Everton had made four signings in the form of Yannick Bolasie, Idrissa Gueye, Ashley Williams and Maarten Stekelenburg. It was always expected to be a busy deadline day at Goodison Park and if Everton manage to sign both Brahimi and Gabbiadini, it will be a fruitful day as well and perhaps landmark day in the club’s history.
A special player
Every club needs a player who stands out from the rest courtesy to his exceptional abilities, a bit of flamboyance. Eden Hazard of Chelsea, Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool, Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal- are all examples of that special player you need. Someone who can win you games when the team is having a bad day at the office.
Brahimi’s dribbling skills are pure magic, a treat to the eyes of the neutrals. The Algerian international is unplayable on his day. Although his most preferred position is on the left flank, the 26-year-old can also feature on the right or centrally just behind the striker. He likes to drift inside like most modern-day inverted wingers and can forge a brilliant partnership with Romelu Lukaku.
Brahimi, Lukaku and Bolasie will be a deadly trio to look out for and can lead the Toffees to their golden era, something the fans are craving for a long time. The arrival of Brahimi is likely to push the likes of Mirallas, Deulofeu and Lennon to the bench but the depth in the squad will be a real asset for Koeman.
Brahimi has his downsides, though. The most gifted players are often individualistic and can be frustrating sometimes. Not everyone is Lionel Messi! Brahimi needs to work on his decision making and can certainly improve on that under a manager like Koeman. Brahimi is entering his peak years and under the stewardship of Koeman, he can be one of the best players in the Premier League.