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Everton Have Set Their Sights On This Talented Striker: Good Choice For The Toffees?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, journalist Sacha Tavolieri revealed that Everton have set their sights on Royale Union Saint-Gilloise striker Victor Boniface. However, it is understood that the Toffees are yet to make an offer to sign the Nigerian centre-forward this summer.

Boniface’s Impressive Numbers In European Football Last Season

Boniface enjoyed a prolific season at the Belgian club as he produced a lot of productive displays for them in front of the opponent’s goal. The 22-year-old registered 22 goals and 12 assists in 55 matches for his current employers in the previous campaign across various competitions.

The Akure-born forward led the line well for Union SG in Europe based on his average of 2.5 shots, 0.5 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per 90 minutes in the UEFA Europa League. However, he needs to work on improving his link-up play up top, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 70% in European football (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the Belgian club will expire in the summer of 2026. Hence, the Toffees will have to make a decent offer if they want to lure him to Goodison Park in this off-season.

Victor Boniface
Union’s Victor Boniface celebrates after scoring during a soccer match between Club Brugge and Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Saturday 06 May 2023 in Brugge, on day 2 of the Champions’ play-offs of the 2022-2023 ‘Jupiler Pro League’ first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO DAVID PINTENS (Photo by DAVID PINTENS / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by DAVID PINTENS/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Is Boniface A Good Choice For Everton?

Boniface can engineer a yard of space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He proved his worth as a decent finisher in front of the opponent’s goal last season.

The Nigerian sensation has also got the vision to create some meaningful openings for his teammates in and around the opposition penalty box. He can even time his runs well in the final third but needs to work on improving his link-up play up top.

Only time will tell whether Boniface can maintain his good record in the Premier League if Everton manage to get him on board this summer. At 22, he has got the potential to become a world-class forward someday.

The Nigerian striker will inject more firepower into Sean Dyche’s frontline. He is good enough to rival Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a regular starting spot at Goodison Park next season. Therefore, Boniface will be a decent choice for the Merseyside club to consider before the start of the new campaign.

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