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Everton Urged To Seal A Move For This Liga Bwin Winger: What Will He Add To Rafa’s Team?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, renowned journalist Paul Brown urged Everton to seal a move for FC Porto winger Luis Diaz. When quizzed about his verdict on the Colombian player’s potential move to the Toffees, Brown said,

“I’d certainly love to see him go there.

“I think he’d be really dynamic and give them something completely different. I think he could be a total game-changer.”

Diaz’s Impressive Numbers At The Estádio do Dragão 

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a rich vein of form for the Portuguese outfit this season by putting in some mesmerising displays on the left side of their attack. Diaz has registered 11 goals and grabbed two assists in 16 appearances for FC Porto during this campaign across all fronts.

The Barrancas-born talent has been a consistent performer for Sérgio Conceição’s side in the final third as he is averaging 2.5 shots, 1.5 key passes and 2.8 dribbles per game in Liga Bwin and the UEFA Champions League. He has even been tidy when distributing possession in the opposition half after making 80.1% of his attempted passes in both those competitions (stats via whoscored).

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MILAN, ITALY – NOVEMBER 03: Luis Diaz of FC Porto celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between AC Milan and FC Porto at Giuseppe Meazza Stadium on November 03, 2021 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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What Will Diaz Add To Everton Manager Rafael Benitez’s Side?

Diaz is an intelligent winger who can complete some promising dribbles with the ball out on the wide areas. He has got the ability to generate a yard of space for himself to create a goal-scoring chance for others around him or test the opposition keeper himself with a strike on target. The 29-time Colombia international is also a neat passer of the ball and can contribute by picking up the odd assist from time to time.

We can expect Diaz to add a lot of quality to Rafael Benitez‘s frontline and even increase competition for places within the Spaniard’s match-day squad. At 24, the best is yet to come from the Colombian sensation, so Everton could potentially make the most of his talents over the next few years.

Diaz might help the Toffees clinch a European place in the Premier League and even compete for a major trophy at the highest level. Therefore, Benitez should think about listening to Brown’s advice by orchestrating a move to bring the Porto star to Goodison Park next year.

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