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Everton Eyeing A January Move For This Serie A Striker: Is He A Good Option For The Toffees?

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In a recent report, Tuttomercatoweb has stated that Everton are eyeing a January move for Napoli centre-forward Arkadiusz Milik. However, it is believed that the Toffees would face fierce competition from Tottenham Hotspur in pursuit of the Polish striker when the transfer window reopens in January (via Tuttomercatoweb).

Milik’s Impressive Numbers In Italian Football Last Season

The 26-year-old’s current contract with the Naples club is set to expire at the end of this campaign, so Gennaro Gattuso will have no choice but to cash in on him during the January transfer window or risk losing him on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.

Despite struggling with multiple injuries, Milik managed to give a good account of himself at the Stadio San Paolo last season when he banged in 14 goals in 35 matches across all competitions. The Tychy-born attacker proved his worth in the final third by averaging 2.6 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the previous Serie A campaign. He was a neat distributor of the ball as evident from his pass success rate of 82.3% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

The Polish striker can profit by earning more game time if he decides to seal a move to a foreign club in January, so Goodison Park could be an ideal destination for him if he is willing to test himself in the Premier League in the coming seasons.

Everton eyeing a January move for Arkadiusz Milik who is in action in the photo
Arkadiusz Milik of SSC Napoli reacts during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio San Paolo on January 18, 2020 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

What Does The Polish Marksman Bring To The Table?

Standing at 1.86m, Milik has got the strength to hold the ball up inside the opposition penalty box and has transformed himself into an unforgiving finisher in the final third. He is proficient at getting shots in on-target and can get himself into some good positions in the offensive end of the field. The 51-time Polish international is also a potent goal-threat from long range and can find the back of the net from set-pieces as well. However, his lack of pace can sometimes make him a burden on the pitch, especially when his team is dominating the game.

Is Milik A Decent Option For The Toffees?

At the moment, the Everton fans are experiencing Dominic Calvert-Lewin at his absolute best after his incredible start to this campaign. The Sheffield-born striker has already registered nine goals in six matches for the Toffees and seems to be enjoying his football under Carlo Ancelotti’s masterful guidance.

However, the Merseyside club does not have a suitable back-up for the English forward with both Cenk Tosun and Anthony Gordon struggling to find confidence with their performances on the pitch. Hence, Milik fits the bill perfectly as he will bring plenty of goals to the Merseyside club. Plus, he could potentially strike up a lethal attacking partnership with Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and James Rodriguez at Goodison Park in the coming seasons. All in all, the Polish international will be a decent option for the Toffees to consider during the January transfer window.

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