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Everton To Rival Newcastle United For This Serie A Midfielder: Should Rafa Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Goal.com mentioned that Everton are set to rival Newcastle United for Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey. It is understood that the Toffees are one of the clubs showing interest in the Wales international but are yet to launch a formal offer for him.

Ramsey’s Recent Struggles In Italian Football

Ramsey has struggled to give a good account of himself at the Allianz Stadium this season after missing a few games due to injury. The Welsh midfield ace has appeared in just five matches for the Turin outfit so far in this campaign, picking up one yellow card and receiving just 112 minutes of playing time for them across all fronts.

The 30-year-old is only averaging 0.7 key passes per game in Serie A as most of his game time has come as a substitute. Still, he deserves credit for being tidy when interchanging possession from midfield, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 89.4% in the top tier of Italian football (stats via whoscored).

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MONZA, ITALY – JULY 31: Aaron Ramsey of Juventus FC competes for the ball with Jose’ Machin of AC Monza during the AC Monza v Juventus FC – Trofeo Berlusconi at Stadio Brianteo on July 31, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Should Everton Boss Rafael Benitez Get Ramsey On Board?

Ramsey is an energetic presence in central midfield who can pick out a killer pass in the attacking end of the pitch. He can strike the ball accurately from long range but has completely lost his way at Juventus this season. Ramsey is versatile enough to play as an anchorman in midfield or as a free-flowing box-to-box midfielder if needed.

The English workhorse doesn’t mind working hard for his team but needs to figure out a way to add some goals to his game if he wants to re-establish himself as a top player at the highest level. He can also keep the ball moving with ease at the centre of the park.

Still, Everton would be better off opting for a more reliable talent than Ramsey, who is clearly a player on the decline. He will be a risky option for the Toffees to consider next year and might struggle to earn regular playing minutes at Goodison Park. Therefore, Rafael Benitez should rather turn his attention to someone else as Ramsey is far too injury-prone and might struggle to cope with the physical nature and high intensity of English football.

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