As they continue to improve, their recruitment will have to look towards finding a marquee signing that will not only improve the quality of Everton’s squad but also improve the morale in the dressing room.
This scout report provides a tactical analysis of players that could potentially thrive at Everton and fit into Ancelotti’s tactics. Our analysis is based on statistical comparisons, market value and the likelihood of the transfer happening.
1. Jeremy Doku (Rennes)
Jeremy Doku is one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe and has had an excellent season at Rennes. 5.30 out of the 9 dribbles Doku averages per 90 are successful. This is complemented by his impressive off the ball movement of 4.08 Progressive runs per 90.
At Ancelotti’s Everton, Doku would thrive at playing Alex Iwobi’s current role. Iwobi has shone for the Blues due to his well-balanced use of passing and his pace. And Doku is statistically similar to Iwobi.
Despite a slightly higher shot on target percentage and xA in Iwobi’s favour, both players share a strikingly similar mould. Moreover, Doku’s ceiling is top-end and could develop handsomely under Ancelotti.
2. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
This is a centre-back that needs to introduction. Koulibaly is simply one of the best centre-backs out there. There is speculation that he’d be open to a move away from Napoli, and Everton has been promised a substantial transfer this summer. Having shown legitimate interest in the centre-back, this move would be the ultimate message to the Blues’ rivals that Everton is a force to be reckoned with.
Having an excellent forward pass accuracy of 86.96%, Koulibaly averages 8.77 passes into the final third. As shown in the above radar chart comparison, this is far higher than that of Yerry Mina.
Conversely, Mina records a higher output in confrontational defending. This can be visualized in the following comparison.
The above image highlights Mina’s dominance in the air. However, it is noteworthy that Koulibaly would come in as a partner to the Colombian. Their respective styles would complement each other quite well and add a much-needed balance to Everton’s defensive and offensive tactics.
3. Max Aarons (Norwich City)
Max Aarons is a talent with a high ceiling and has attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Everton has reportedly shown serious interest in the youngster lately. Aarons averages an impressive 3.4 dribbles per 90 with a success rate of 89%. Conversely, his passing statistics leave some room for improvement in his game.
Interestingly, the English youngster records a promising defensive output for a team that plays free-flowing football. He would the ideal man to replace the beloved yet ageing Seamus Coleman.
Aarons’ radar chart shares a similar output in interceptions and disciplined compared to Coleman. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that he engages in significantly higher defensive duels per 90, presumably due to the gaps Norwich leave behind on the break. At Everton, he would receive more defensive solidity and apply his natural talent to their build-up.
All in all, the players above would help with the long-term tactical evolution of the club.