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Everton Eyeing A Move For This Serie A Goalkeeper: What Will He Add To Ancelotti’s Side?

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According to a recent report by Tuttomercatoweb, Everton are eyeing a move for Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski this summer. The same source has also revealed that the Toffees could face competition from Chelsea and AC Milan in pursuit of the Polish custodian during the summer transfer period. It is believed that the Florence outfit might be tempted to cash in on Dragowski as they have Alban Lafont, who had impressed on loan at Nantes last season, as a ready-made replacement (via Tuttomercatoweb).

Dragowski’s Impressive Form At Florence

The 22-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season at the Stadio Artemio Franchi after producing a series of impressive displays in between the sticks for Giuseppe Iachini’s side so far. Dragowski has conceded 37 goals and has kept seven clean sheets in 27 matches for the Italian outfit this term across all fronts, which highlight how well he has performed throughout this campaign.

The Bialystok-born keeper has averaged 0.6 clearances and 4.4 long balls per game in the Serie A this season but has sometimes lacked precision with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 63.1% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Dragowski has represented Poland at various youth levels but is yet to earn a senior cap for his country. Maybe a summer switch to Merseyside could offer him a more prominent platform to showcase his talents and catch the attention of Poland boss Jerzy Brzęczek ahead of next year’s UEFA European Championship finals following the competition’s postponement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everton eyeing a move for Bartlomiej Dragowski who is seen in the picture
Fiorentina’s Polish goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski (Top) and Inter Milan’s Argentinian forward Lautaro Martinez go for the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Fiorentina vs Inter Milan on December 15, 2019, at the Artemio-Franchi stadium in Florence. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Polish Custodian Add To Carlo Ancelotti’s Team?

Dragowski can position himself well and possesses quick reflexes to pull off a few solid stops at the back. Standing at 1.91m, he can use his strong frame to dominate his own penalty area. However, as mentioned earlier, the Fiorentina shot-stopper needs to improve his ball-distribution if he intends to become a top keeper someday.

At the moment, the Polish goalie is not good enough to beat Jordan Pickford for a starting spot at Goodison Park. However, at 22, Dragowski has the potential to become a future first-team regular for the Toffees if Carlo Ancelotti is willing to be patient with his development in the years to come. He will not only provide more competition for Pickford at Merseyside but also enhance the overall depth of the Everton squad.

The Toffees should only consider orchestrating a move for him this summer if they intend to use him as a back-up for Pickford. Otherwise, Ancelotti should focus his attention on recruiting a more proven goalkeeper before the start of the new campaign.

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