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Everton Showing Strong Interest In Recruiting This French Midfielder: Right Fit For Ancelotti?

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In a recent print edition, Tuttosport has mentioned that Everton are showing strong interest in recruiting Adrian Rabiot from Juventus this summer. It has been reported that the Toffees are planning to make a concrete move to secure the services of the French midfielder at the end of this campaign (transcripted and translated by Sport Witness).

Rabiot’s Solid Season In Italian Football So Far

Rabiot has been a regular feature at the heart of the Juve midfield and has put in some solid displays in Serie A this season. He has participated in 35 matches for the Italian outfit this term, netting three goals and grabbed two assists in all competitions.

The French sensation has served as a decent holding midfielder for the Turin giants as he is averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 0.8 shots and 1.0 dribbles per game in the Italian top tier. Rabiot has distributed the ball relatively well after completing 90.4% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The former Paris Saint-Germain talent is still under contract at the Allianz Stadium until the summer of 2023, so it won’t be easy for the Toffees to convince Juventus into selling their prized asset this summer.

Everton showing strong interest in recruiting Rabiot who is seen in the picture
Photo LaPresse – Fabio Ferrari March 09, 2021 Turin, Italy soccer Juventus Fc vs Porto – Uefa Champions League 2020/2021 -round of 8 – match 2/2 – Allianz Stadium In the pic:Adrien Rabiot Juventus F.C. PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxITAxFRAxCHN Copyright: xFabioxFerrari/LaPressex

What Will The French Midfield Ace Bring To The Table?

Rabiot is a moderately paced midfielder who usually doesn’t mind producing a tireless shift at the centre of the park. He can disrupt the opposition’s flow in the game and is a tidy passer of the ball. The 11-time France international can also sense the danger quickly that allows him to pull off a few crucial clearances for his side. Rabiot can time his tackles well to secure possession back in midfield. He is also proficient at striking the ball purely and with a lot of power which makes him a goal-threat from long range.

Is Rabiot The Right Fit For The Toffees?

Rabiot has what it takes to play a valuable role at a club like Everton as he will be guaranteed regular playing minutes under the stewardship of Carlo Ancelotti. The French workhorse will add some much-needed quality to the Toffees’ starting XI that might help them maintain their top-four push in the Premier League in the coming seasons.

At 25, Rabiot is only going to get better over the next few years, so he will be a good fit for the Merseyside outfit this summer. Plus, he will be an upgrade over Tom Davies who has struggled to find consistency with his performances this season. All in all, Ancelotti would be wise to get someone of Rabiot’s skillset on board before the start of the new campaign.

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