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Campbell Urges Everton To Move In For This La Liga Playmaker: Should Rafa Snap Him Up?

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In a recent interview with Goodison News, ex-England footballer Kevin Campbell urged his former club Everton to move in for Real Betis playmaker Nabil Fekir. Campbell said,

“I would like him at Arsenal if I am honest with you.

“I tell you something if Everton get him, he is a fine player. He’s a really good player; he’s tough; he’s a leftie, and not only can he score, he can create as well.

“He’s a handful. He nearly went to Liverpool; it didn’t quite work out because of a failed medical. If Everton could get hold of him, that could set some fires on Merseyside.”

Fekir’s Outstanding Form At Andalusia This Season

The France international has been playing some of the best football of his playing career of late and has already produced a series of productive displays for Real Betis before this intentional break. Hence, it is no surprise that Campbell is urging his old club, Everton to move in for him.

Fekir participated in ten matches for the French outfit this season, netting two goals and grabbing two assists in all competitions. The 28-year-old has been consistent with his offensive contributions at Betis as he is averaging 3.3 shots, 3.4 key passes, 2.4 crosses and 3.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been tidy when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third after making 86.8% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – SEPTEMBER 30: Nabil Fekir of Real Betis competes for the ball with Aissa Laidouni of Ferencvarosi TC during the UEFA Europa League group G match between Ferencvarosi TC and Real Betis at Ferencvaros Stadium on September 30, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi/Getty Images)
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Should The Toffees Snap Fekir Up This Season?

Fekir has proven himself to be an excellent playmaker in the opponent’s half and seems to be enjoying his role as a free-flowing attacking midfielder at the Benito Villamarín Stadium. He is an excellent crosser of the ball as well and doesn’t mind having a shot at goal because he can strike the ball with venom and accuracy from outside the opposition penalty box.

The 25-time Frane international can be a delight to watch when he is dribbling at full swing in the attacking end of the field. However, Fekir has been a bit injury-prone in recent years, so there are some question marks over whether he would be able to stay healthy and prove his worth in English football where he will be tested physically week in week out. Even then, Fekir is currently playing at his prime, so the Toffees supporters can expect to see the best out of him if he can be convinced to make a switch to Goodison Park.

At the moment, Everton boss Rafael Benitez needs to add some flair and creativity to his attack so that the Spanish head coach can get the best out of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the coming seasons. Thus, it is only logical for the Merseyside outfit to make an attempt to snap Fekir up in January or next summer.

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