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Everton To Rival Newcastle United For This Napoli Midfielder: What Will He Add To Lampard’s Side?

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In a recent report, Gonfialarete has stated that Everton are set to rival Newcastle United for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz. It is understood that the Toffees are monitoring the Spanish midfield ace’s situation with the Naples outfit set to hold crunch talks with the player over his future.

Ruiz’s Impressive Run Of Form At The Diego Armando Maradona Stadium

Ruiz is experiencing a solid campaign in Italian football after putting in a handful of productive performances at the heart of Napoli’s midfield. The 26-year-old has featured in 33 matches for the Italian club this season, netting six goals and picking up four assists in the process across all fronts.

The Spanish sensation has made an impact at both ends of the field based on his average of 1.6 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 1.0 clearances, 1.3 shots and 1.1 key passes per game in Serie A. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after completing 90.7% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Napoli’s Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz (R) works around Udinese’s Argentine midfielder Roberto Pereyra during the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Udinese on March 19, 2022 at the Diego-Maradona stadium in Naples. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP via Getty Images)
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What Will Ruiz Add To Everton Head Coach Frank Lampard’s Team?

Ruiz is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to secure the ball back for his side. He usually clears the danger when needed and remains one of the most accurate passers in Serie A football.

The 15-time Spain international has contributed by scoring and creating his fair share of goals in the final third. Standing at 1.89m, Ruiz is a powerful presence in the air. Hence, he will be a massive coup for the Toffees if they can find a way to bring him to Goodison Park during the summer transfer window.

At 26, Ruiz has his best years ahead of him, so Frank Lampard could potentially unlock the best out of him over the next few seasons. The Spanish talent will add a lot of quality to Everton’s midfield and could help them challenge for a top-half finish in the upcoming Premier League campaign. At the very least, he will be an upgrade over Allan who has been far from convincing with his performances at Merseyside over the past year.

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