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Everton Face Stiff Competition For This Talented Winger: What Will He Bring To Merseyside?

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In a recent report, AS mentioned that Everton are facing stiff competition for Adnan Januzaj this summer. It is believed that the Toffees will have to rival West Ham United, Napoli and Sevilla in pursuit of the Belgian wing wizard who is a free agent after being released by Real Sociedad recently.

Januzaj’s Up And Down Season In Spanish Football

The 27-year-old had a difficult campaign at the Reale Arena as he struggled to be consistent with his productivity in the final third. Januzaj banged in five goals and secured three assists in 42 matches for the Spanish club last season across all competitions.

The Brussel-born sensation did well to average 1.3 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga.

He was even careful when distributing possession in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 75.6% in the Spanish top tier (stats via whoscored).

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SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – APRIL 15: Adnan Januzaj of Real Sociedad is challenged by Guido Rodriguez of Real Betis during the LaLiga Santander match between Real Sociedad and Real Betis at Reale Arena on April 15, 2022 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images) The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/)

What Will Januzaj Bring To Everton?

Januzaj remains a decent dribbler with the ball and can create a few promising chances for his teammates in the opponent’s half. He can strike the ball with power and accuracy from long range. Januzaj is primarily a right-sided winger but can also play as a left-sided wide player or as a centre-forward if his manager needs him to do so.

However, the Belgian wing wizard needs to improve his offensive numbers if he wants to be a success story at a club like Everton.

We can expect Januzaj to bring some goals and creativity to Frank Lampard‘s attack at Goodison Park. He would even increase competition for places within the Toffees’ squad.

Hence, it makes a lot of sense for the Merseyside outfit to offer Januzaj a chance to shine in the Premier League where he previously had decent stints with Manchester United and Sunderland. The Belgian talent could even help Everton secure a top-half finish in the English top-flight next season. Therefore, Lampard should focus on trying everything in his power to get him on board before the end of this summer transfer window.

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