Everton’s struggle in the Premier League has been one of the most talked about events so far this season. Following a summer spending spree, where the Toffees spent an astonishing €158m, Everton are dawdling on the bottom end of the table.
Romelu Lukaku’s departure has hit them hard in the offensive department while the lack of quality wingers has also been one the reason behind their demise so far this season. Even the defence has been a cause for concern for head coach Ronald Koeman.
In this article, we will take a look at three Bundesliga players Everton should buy in January in order to get rid of their problems this season.
Benjamin Hubner – Center Back – TSG Hoffenheim
The defence has definitely been one of the weak points for the Toffees this season. Everton needs an upgrade to veteran centre-back Ashley Williams, and Benjamin Hubner fits the bill no other. The Hoffenheim centre-back is one of the most fearless defenders in the Premier League.
Packed with charisma and aggression, Hubner’s work rate in both defence and offence is remarkable. The 28-year-old has prevailed as one of Bundesliga’s top defenders under the leadership of young coach Julian Nagelsmann. This season, Hubner has been even more impressed with his increased significance following the departure of star man Niklas Sule.
Hubner is also a skilful and clever centre-back, who’s ball playing abilities are very good. The TSG defender can thrive under Ronald Koeman, whilst giving them an advantage thanks to his buildup qualities from the back.
Karim Bellarabi – Winger – Bayer 04 Leverkusen
The lack of a proper winger has been evident for Everton this season. Yannick Bolasie has remained injured while Kevin Mirallas hasn’t helped them a great deal either. Therefore, Everton should definitely go after Karim Bellarabi in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Bayer Leverkusen winger has long been rumoured to leave the Bay-Arena but clubs have failed to make any real move for the 27-year-old.
Pace is by far Bellarabi’s best weapon. In fact, the German International is the fastest player, playing in the Bundesliga, overtaking the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic. Bellarabi has also looked in great touch this season.
Karim Bellarabi can inject the pace in the final third that is missing from Everton at the moment. A move for Karim Bellarabi in January could be relatively easy, as Leverkusen plan to get rid of some of their players.
Sandro Wagner – Striker – TSG Hoffenheim
Last but not the least, Everton could definitely use the services of Sandro Wagner. After largely being written off, Sandro Wagner made his comeback in the Bundesliga with Darmstadt two seasons ago, where he played a starring role in helping the club to survive relegation.
A move to Hoffenheim followed, and Wagner now looks brighter than ever. Formerly, a prodigy of FC Bayern youth academy, Wagner is a tall and physically built striker, who can use his physicality and aerial abilities to score goals.
Wagner is somewhat of a reminiscent of Romelu Lukaku, except for the fact that he isn’t as mobile nor as good on the ball. However, Wagner does what he does perfectly.
Since the start of 2015/16 season, Sandro Wagner has scored an impressive 31 goals, which helped him regain his spot in the German national team. And following the slump of Thomas Muller, Sandro Wagner might as well lead the German attack in the World Cup next year.
Wagner might not be good in other aspects of the game, but he is perfectly suited to the English game. Everton has two of the most accurate crossers in the shape of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines, and the Toffees could definitely use their crossing abilities to help create chances for Sandro Wanger inside the box.