According to a recent report by the Turkish news outlet Futbal Arena (via Sport Witness), Everton are one of the clubs locked in negotiations to sign AS Roma midfielder Steven Nzonzi, who is currently playing on loan at Galatasaray. The same source has also mentioned that the Toffees will face stiff competition from West Ham United in pursuit of the French talent.
Nzonzi’s Struggles In Turkish Football
Nzonzi has endured a frustrating loan spell in Turkey and has struggled to perform at a high level in the SuperLig. He has played in 15 matches for Galatasaray this term and has one assist to his name across all competitions. The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has averaged 0.9 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.2 clearances, 0.5 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game for the Istanbul giants so far (stats via whoscored).
The 31-year-old has a wealth of experience in Europe after playing for clubs like Blackburn Rovers, Stoke City and Sevilla during his playing career. He also lifted the 2018 FIFA World Cup with France and has earned 14 senior caps for his country thus far.
The experienced midfielder could be a clever addition to the Toffees squad as he has the quality and determination to succeed in the Premier League once again. At 31, Nzonzi still has a few years left in him to play at a high level so Carlo Ancelotti could benefit from acquiring his services in the future.
What Does The French Midfield Ace Offer On The Pitch?
Nzonzi is a no-nonsense, tough-tackling midfielder who is quite aggressive in the way he approaches the game. He excels at doing the dirty defensive work in midfield and doesn’t mind running himself to the ground for the benefit of his team. The Frenchman can also interchange passes accurately with others around him.
Is Nzonzi Worth The Fight?
Recruiting a midfielder of Nzonzi’s vast experience and exemplary work ethic will undoubtedly be a massive coup for Ancelotti. The France international can still do a decent job in midfield and wouldn’t mind waiting for his opportunity on the bench.
Therefore, he will be well worth the price of admission so Everton should try their best to fend off competition from the Hammers in the chase to land him this month.
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