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Everton Identify This Burnley Defender As A Target: What Will He Add To Lampard’s Side?

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In a recent report, iNews stated that Everton have identified Burnley defender James Tarkowski as a target. It has been mentioned that Toffees are eyeing a move for the English centre-back as they look to strengthen their squad in the summer.

Tarkowski’s Recent Form At Turf Moor

Tarkowski has managed to put in a handful of solid displays as one of Burnley’s primary centre-backs but has struggled to help his team pick up results in the Premier League during this campaign. The 29-year-old has found the back of the net once and secured two assists in the process across all competitions.

The Manchester-born talent has been a solid presence for the Clarets on the defensive end of the pitch based on his average of 1.9 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 5.5 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League. However, he has often gone long when playing his way out from the back after completing 67.1% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

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Chelsea’s German midfielder Kai Havertz (L) fights for the ball with Burnley’s English defender James Tarkowski during the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Chelsea at Turf Moor in Burnley, northwest England on March 5, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Tarkowski Add To Everton Boss Frank Lampard’s Side?

Tarkowski has been a solid presence at the heart of Burnley’s defence as he usually senses the danger quickly to earn possession back inside his half. The Manchester-born talent is a dominant presence in the air and can win his fair share of aerial duels at both ends of the field.

However, he can sometimes be inaccurate with his passing which is something he needs to rectify if he wants to be a success story at a club like Everton.

Still, the pros outweigh the cons of signing Tarkowski, so Frank Lampard should think about moving in for the English defensive ace during this summer transfer period. At 29, the Burnley star has still got a few good years left in him to play at a high level.

We can expect Tarkowski to add a lot of quality to the Toffees‘ backline and could even help them push for a top-half finish in the Premier League next season. Plus, he would serve as an ideal replacement for Michael Keane, who has been guilty of being inconsistent at Goodison Park this season.

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