Everton In Hot Pursuit To Land This Ligue 1 Goalscorer: A Brilliant Fit For Marco Silva?

Everton have had a decent start to their campaign in the 2018/19 Premier League season and are currently placed in the 6th position in the league table. Marco Silva’s tutelage has brought a new sense of tenacity and never say die attitude into the side, and they are looking to reach greater heights as the season progresses.

Though their defence and midfield have dished out some brilliant performances this season so far, their attack has let them down on a number of occasions. The Toffees are in real need of a player who can add firepower to their squad. One such forward, whom the Merseyside club are keeping an eye on, is the Ivorian ace, Nicolas Pepe.

According to the Sunday Mirror (30/09; page 65), the Toffees are in the hunt to land the winger following his hat-trick against Amiens for his club Lille. Reportedly, they also sent scout Martyn Glover to watch the player in action for the Ligue 1 club, and it is assumed that a move is in line to bring in the 23-year-old forward at the Merseyside.

The Toffees have been in need of a man to lead their line and score goals for them on a regular basis this season. Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse have been disappointing with the former notching up only a couple of goals in 12 appearances for his side and the latter being unable to open his account this season so far.

Richarlison has done well in his new role as a striker, but he needs someone to share the pressure of scoring goals for the Toffees and Pepe could just be the right option.

With Pepe coming into the side, Marco Silva can also step up his strategy to play more aggressively, switching to a 4-3-3 formation rather than the usual 4-2-3-1. The Ivorian has the ability to play both as a winger and as a striker, giving the Everton manager room for experimentation with his frontline. The 23-year-old has already notched up ten goals for Lille in 17 appearances this season, and it is going to be a brilliant signing if the Merseyside club can land him in January.

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