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Everton Eager To Recruit This La Liga Midfielder: What Will He Bring To Goodison Park?

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In a recent report, Fichajes stated that Everton are eager to recruit RCD Mallorca midfielder, Iddrisu Baba. It has been mentioned that the Toffees boss Rafael Benitez wants to secure the services of the Ghana international, who is keen on making a switch to the Premier League.

Baba’s Solid Run Of Form In Spanish Football This Season

Baba has made a solid start to this campaign and has been responsible for putting in some dominant displays at the heart of Mallorca’s midfield. The 25-year-old has taken part in 11 matches for the Spanish side this season, netting one goal in the process across multiple competitions.

The Accra-born talent has been a consistent performer for his current club at the centre of the park as he is averaging 2.8 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 1.4 clearances, 1.0 shots and 0.9 dribbles per game in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing the ball from midfield after making 80.6% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 22: Rodrygo Goes (L) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Iddrisu Baba (R) of RCD Mallorca during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid CF and RCD Mallorca at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 22, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)  The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

What Will Baba Bring To Everton?

Baba can use his strength and aggression to dominate the midfield battle against the opposition. He is a tough-tackling midfield ace who can time his challenges well to secure the ball back for his side. Currently, Baba is playing at the top of his game and will improve with each season.

The one-time Ghana international doesn’t take any risks when clearing the danger at the back and is usually a tidy passer of the ball. He can even make some decent runs with the ball and is not afraid to have a strike from long range when given time and space by the opposition.

At 25, Baba’s best years are ahead of him, so it makes sense for Everton boss Rafael Benitez to move in for him in the not-too-distant future. The Mallorca star will bring plenty of bite and steel to the Toffees‘ midfield department. Furthermore, Baba has got what it takes to become a future star at Goodison Park. Hence, Benitez should prioritize on sealing a move for him in January or at the end of this campaign.

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