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Everton In The Running To Land This Veteran Forward: What Will He Add To Ancelotti’s Side?

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In Sunday‘s print edition, Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Everton are in the running to land AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko. It is understood that the Toffees are set to rival Manchester City in pursuit of the Bosnia-Herzegovina international, who prefers to stay in Italy but could be tempted by the possibility of working with Carlo Ancelotti (translated by Sport Witness).

Dzeko’s Impressive Form In Italian Football This Season

Dzeko has enjoyed a fruitful season at the Stadio Olimpico as he has been responsible for scoring several important goals for his team in the final third. The 34-year-old has registered eight goals and earned two assists in 20 appearances for the Italian outfit this term across all fronts.

The former Premier League striker has done well to average 2.7 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Serie A this season. However, he needs to be more careful when linking up with others around him deep inside the opposition half after making only 69.7% of his attempted passes in the Italian first division (stats via whoscored).

Dzeko’s current contract at Rome is set to expire in the summer of 2022, but he might benefit from switching clubs this month in search of more success in the coming seasons. Goodison Park could be a perfect home for him as he has still got a few good years left in his locker.

Everton in the running to land Edin Dzeko who is in action in the picture
AS Roma’s Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko (R) fights for the ball with Ghent’s French midfielder Elisha Owusu, during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg football match between AS Roma and KAA Gent on February 20, 2020 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The AS Roma Marksman Add To Carlo Ancelotti’s Team?

Standing at 1.93m, Dzeko can be an intimidating presence inside the opposition penalty box as he can rise above everyone else and win his fair share of aerial duels, which makes him such a potent threat from the offensive set-pieces.

The 112-time Bosnia-Herzegovina international is a composed finisher in the final third and can use his experience well to get into some promising areas up top. Plus, he packs a lot of venom with his strikes at goal. However, Dzeko lacks quickness on the field as father time is catching up with him, so he might find life difficult in England if he decides to make a return to the Premier League this month.

At the moment, Ancelotti has got Dominic Calvert-Lewin as his first-choice centre-forward while Cenk Tosun serves as a back-up option in his squad. However, the Turkish striker’s future at Merseyside is unclear. At 34, Dzeko has still got some years left to play at a high level which makes him a welcome acquisition for any of his potential suitors, including the Merseyside club. The Roma striker is good enough to keep Calvert-Lewin on his toes for a place in Ancelotti’s starting XI. Hence, the Toffees should consider orchestrating a move to land Dzeko before the transfer window comes to a halt at the start of next month.

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