Everton Plotting A January Move For This Ligue 1 Defender: The Right Choice For The Toffees?

Paris Saint-Germain's defender Colin Dagba prior to the French L1 football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on August 18, 2019, at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, northwestern France. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

According to a recent report by Paris United (translated by the Sun), Everton are lining up a move to secure the signature of Colin Dagba from Paris Saint-Germain when the transfer window reopens in January. The same source has also revealed that the Toffees have identified the Ligue 1 rising star as their top target during the winter transfer period despite the player penning a new deal to stay at Parc Des Princes until the summer of 2024.

Dagba’s Excellent Rise In The French Top-Flight

Since joining from Boulogne in the summer of 2016, the Bethune-born talent managed to work his way up the youth ranks of PSG before finally breaking out as a first-team starter last season.

The 21-year-old has featured in a total of 26 matches for the French champions and has put in some commanding displays for them thus far. Dagba has made an average of 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions and 0.6 clearances per game for PSG (stats via whoscored).

The French defensive ace primarily operates in the right-back position but can also fill in as a left-back if required. He has already shown some glimpses of his incredible potential but needs to work on improving his productivity going forward. Dagba is currently a vital member of the French Under-21 side having played in six matches for them so far. However, he is yet to earn his first international cap for his nation.

What Are The French Prospect’s Strengths And Weaknesses?

Dagba is quick and agile enough to be a decent outlet for PSG down the wide areas. He can use his pace to get to the by-line, which helps open up space for others around him. Even though he is comfortable playing routine passes from the back, he lacks the creativity to deliver a killer pass in the final third. Furthermore, the Ligue 1 rising star is still quite inexperienced and would need to build up a stronger frame if he intends to succeed in the Premier League.

Is Dagba The Right Choice For Silva?

The Toffees are in dire need of proven players if they are to turn things around under Marco Silva’s tutelage at Goodison Park. They have made a disastrous start to this campaign which has been down to poor decisions made by the recruitment department. The likes of Djibril Sidibé and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have failed to live up to the high expectations surrounding their arrival at the Merseyside club earlier this summer.

Hence, the Blues cannot afford to take any more risks on young talents and should instead concentrate on bringing in quality, proven reinforcements this winter. 

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