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Everton Are Still Monitoring This Liga Bwin Forward: Should Rafa Intensify His Efforts?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, O Jogo mentioned that Everton are still monitoring FC Porto forward Luis Diaz. It is believed that the Toffees are keeping tabs on his progress after failing to acquire his services last summer.

Diaz’s Outstanding Form For Porto This Season

Diaz has made an excellent start to this campaign as he has been responsible for producing a handful of productive displays for Porto down the left wing. The Barrancas-born wing wizard has banged in 11 goals and secured two assists in 16 appearances for the Portuguese giants this season across all competitions.

The 24-year-old has caught the eye by averaging 2.5 shots, 1.5 key passes and 2.8 dribbles per 90 minutes in Liga Bwin and the UEFA Champions League this season. Diaz has even taken care of the ball when interchanging possession with his teammates, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 80.1% in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA – OCTOBER 14: Luis Diaz of Colombia reacts during a match between Colombia and Ecuador as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Estadio Metropolitano on October 14, 2021 in Barranquilla, Colombia. (Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images)
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Should Everton Intensify Their Efforts To Land Diaz?

Diaz is a quick and agile wide player who can make some well-timed runs in behind the opponent’s backline when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. He usually tests the opposition keeper with his shot attempts and doesn’t mind setting up a chance for his teammate when they are in a more favourable position in the final third. Diaz is primarily a left-sided winger but can even fill in down the right flank if needed.

The Colombian winger has shown this season that he can be a man for the big occasion. Plus, he is a neat passer of the ball which makes him a good fit for Rafael Benitez‘s style of play at Goodison Park. We can expect the Porto star to strike up a fruitful attacking partnership with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the Merseyside club in the coming seasons.

Diaz will inject more goals and creativity into the Toffees‘ attack, so Benitez would be wise to intensity his efforts to bring the Colombian sensation to the blue half of Merseyside in January or at the end of this campaign. At 24, Diaz is in for a very bright future in European football that makes him an ideal signing for the Toffees to consider next year.

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