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Everton Planning To Step Up Their Efforts To Land This Gifted Centre-Back: Good Choice For Rafa?

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In a recent report, The Sun revealed that Everton are planning to step up their efforts to land Stoke City centre-back Harry Souttar. It is understood that the Toffees have identified the Australian defender as an ideal replacement for Yerry Mina who is hoping to seal a move to Italy at the end of this campaign.

Souttar’s Excellent Form At The bet365 Stadium

Souttar has been a rock at the back for the Potters after performing at a high level for them on the defensive end of the field. The Aberdeen-born talent has participated in 13 matches for Stoke City this season, scoring one goal in the process across all fronts.

The 23-year-old has been a consistent performer at the heart of Michael O’Neill’s defence as he is averaging 2.0 tackles, 1.9 interceptions and 5.8 clearances per game in the EFL Championship. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 82.8% in the English second division (stats via whoscored).

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STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND – AUGUST 21: Harry Souttar of Stoke City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Nottingham Forest at Bet365 Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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Is Souttar A Good Choice For Everton?

Souttar can use his strong 2.01m frame to dominate the opposition in the air and win some important headers for his team. He is a man-mountain at the back and can also play his way out from defence when needed.

The Australian sensation can get stuck in with a few solid tackles to make life difficult for the opposition attackers. He can even sense the danger quickly to earn possession back for his side and doesn’t mind clearing his lines when in danger of being caught out at the back.

A player of Souttar’s skillset could be a shrewd choice for Everton to consider next year as long as he can maintain his good standards in Premier League football. At 23, the future is quite bright for the Aussie centre-half, so the Toffees can expect to make the most of his talents in the coming seasons if they end up bringing him to Goodison Park this January. Furthermore, Souttar will be a perfect successor to Yerry Mina at the Merseyside club if the Colombian decides to leave in the not-too-distant future.

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