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Everton Have Set Their Sights On This Bundesliga Striker: What Will He Bring To Merseyside?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, SportBILD stated that Everton have set their sights on Werder Bremen striker Niclas Fullkrug. It has been claimed that the Toffees are among several clubs hoping to land the German forward.

Fullkrug’s Impressive Form In German Football This Season

Fullkrug is enjoying a fine campaign at the German club as he has managed to produce a run of impressive performances as the spearhead of their attack. The German talent has participated in 16 matches for his current employers this season, finding the back of the net on ten occasions and grabbing three assists in various competitions.

The Hannover-born sensation deserves a lot of credit for averaging 1.2 clearances, 3.3 shots, 1.4 key passes and 0.7 dribbles per game in Bundesliga. However, he lacks quality when interchanging possession with his teammates in the final third, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 62.5% in the German first division (stats via whoscored).

The 29-year-old’s contract at Werder Bremen will expire in the summer of 2025. Therefore, the Toffees will have to make a sizable offer if they are serious about landing Fullkrug this month.


What Will Fullkrug Bring To Everton?

Fullkrug is proficient at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal. He can set up some good chances for his teammates to find the back of the net. The German centre-forward has proven his worth as a prolific presence in front of the opposition goal at times this season and can use his powerful 1.89m frame to win his fair share of aerial duels in the final third. However, as mentioned earlier, he has to find a way to improve his link-up play in and around the opponent’s penalty box.

We can expect to bring more goals and physicality to Everton‘s attack. He could even help the Toffees get out of relegation trouble in the Premier League if the Merseyside club can somehow manage to get a deal done for him before the end of this January transfer window. Still, there are some concerns over whether Fullkrug can cope with the high intensity of English football.

At 29, the four-time German international is playing his best football at the moment and is well-equipped to become a success story at Goodison Park in the short term. Thus, Everton should try everything they can to secure the services of the German attack this month as long as they can get him for a fair price.

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