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Everton Set Their Sights On This La Liga Defender: Should Lampard Get Him On Board?

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In a recent report, Fichajes revealed that Everton have set their sights on Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet. It is believed that the Toffees are locked in a three-way battle to land the French centre-back during this summer transfer period.

Lenglet’s Unimpressive Season In Spanish Football

The 26-year-old has proven his worth as a decent central defender at the Nou Camp but has struggled to earn regular first-team starts during this campaign. Lenglet has made 24 appearances for the Catalan club this season, picking up one assist in multiple competitions.

The French talent has seen most of his playing time come off the bench which could be why he is only averaging 1.0 tackles, 0.6 interceptions and 0.9 clearances per 90 minutes in La Liga. He has even been accurate when distributing possession from the back, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 90.7% in the top tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

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VALENCIA, SPAIN – APRIL 10: Clement Lenglet of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga Santander match between Levante UD and FC Barcelona at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium on April 10, 2022 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Should Everton Head Coach Frank Lampard Get Lenglet On Board This Summer?

Lenglet can be a rock at the back when he is playing with confidence on the field. He can read the danger well and usually clears the danger when required.

The French defensive ace is a good tackler of the ball and can play his way out from the back. Lenglet has also got a wealth of experience at the highest level which makes him an excellent option for Everton to consider this summer. However, only time will tell whether he can handle the physical nature and high intensity of Premier League football.

At 26, Lenglet’s best years are ahead of him, so he is well-equipped to make an instant impact at Goodison Park as long as he can make a smooth transition to life in England.

The French centre-half would enhance the quality of the Toffees boss Frank Lampard‘s defensive department. Furthermore, he could even help the Merseyside outfit challenge for a European place in the Premier League over the next few seasons. With all things considered, Lampard would be wise to orchestrate a move to bring the Barca outcast to Merseyside ahead of the new campaign.

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