According to recent reports, Everton are being linked to talented Rubin Kazan striker Sardar Azmoun. The Iranian has been dubbed as a big star for his country already. People in Iran have compared him to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and there is certainly some huge talent in this 23-year-old striker.
Everton, who were looking for a breakthrough season this year, started off poorly, which led to their highly rated manager, Ronald Koeman, being sacked. The Toffees acquired some big money signings in the summer as they went ‘all in’ in the transfer market to acquire the likes of Jordan Pickford, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Davy Klaassen etc. The season started poorly for them and they were hovering in the relegation zone.
They brought in the experienced Sam Allardyce to stop the slide and he has done well as he has pretty much secured Everton’s spot in the top half of the table. However, it is uncertain that Allardyce will be retained for next season as the Merseyside club is looking to push hard to become one of the heavyweights of the Premier League.
Everton’s new owners have brought in the much needed financial power to the club and as a result, they have been splashing the cash in the transfer market. Even in the January transfer window, they signed the highly rated Turkish striker Cenk Tosun.
Azmoun is currently one of the most talked about forwards in the European scenario, still young and has huge potential. He has all the abilities to become a top centre-forward with his predatory instincts in front of goal and can create space for himself in tight situations. He has decent pace and can also dribble his way out of trouble. The striker’s link-up play is also up to the mark as he featured as a no.10 in few matches for his club.
Everton fans and board need to be patient as signing big money players doesn’t guarantee success straightaway. Azmoun has huge potential and can be a good buy for them. Given the fact that the Iranian has already racked up 23 goals for his national team at such a young age but at this point in time, Everton seems to be stocked in the forward department as Cenk Tosun has done well for them in the short time. The Merseyside club also has good options in Dominic Calvert Lewin and Oumar Niasse, so it will be uncharacteristic of Everton to go out and get another striker. The Iranian striker is also on the radar of other top clubs and he will certainly not come in cheap. The Toffees will better be using that money to strengthen in other departments that are lacking depth instead of splashing it on yet another attacker.