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Everton Join Race For Versatile Czech Midfielder: A Necessity For Ronald Koeman?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Everton continue to monitor Udinese youngster Jakub Jankto. The midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in the European circuit right now and a number of big clubs are vying for his signature. The Toffees did clear their intention by throwing their hat completely in the summer transfer window but failed to land him.

Ronald Koeman went through a complete squad overhaul but despite spending big, the Dutch gaffer has been finding it hard to field the right combination. Everton have lost their last four matches in all competitions and are facing the race against time to get their back season on track. Koeman knows he has to dig deep further in the winter transfer window and Jankto remains his top priority.

The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting talents in the European circuit currently and has only matured in recent times. The Czech Republic international has represented his country at various youth levels and has already burst into the senior team.

He has been with the Italian club since 2014 and with the flow of the time, he has cemented his place in the starting lineup. The central midfielder knows every trait of his game and uses his football brains very maturely. He loves to have the ball on his feet and create chances with it. His versatility can somewhat be the best thing about him as the player can also be stationed on the left flank.

Everton are right now very well stocked in the midfield department but injury has always been a hindrance for the Toffees and Koeman doesn’t want to take a chance this time. Ross Barkley is yet to get fit while the departure of Gareth Barry has left the gaffer in a lurching position.

Jankto could link well with the likes of Sigurdsson and Klaassen and can form a very formidable partnership. The core squad of the Toffees is very young and Jankto will add another feather to Koeman’s cap.

Arsenal and AC Milan are also monitoring the player and might make a move in January. The player is still young but he needs to work on his defending and aerial prowess. Every young player has the dream to play in the English top tier one day and if the opportunity does come, it could be too tempting to reject.

The player has already found the net two times in this season in all competition and a bidding war is expected to be triggered in January. So should Arsenal go all in?

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