Everton’s Stunning Late Move For An England Regular

By timgarrett IN Premier League,Transfers - 19:15 Aug 7th 2018

There’s rarely a dull moment at Goodison Park and, since Farhad Moshiri became Everton’s part-owner in 2016, this has continued to be the case. Big money has been spent, managers have come and gone and, if nothing else, intrigue levels have increased exponentially.

As latest boss Marco Silva prepares to kick off his first season in charge on Saturday evening, his squad appears far from settled. Rumours continue to swirl, suggesting that arrivals and departures could yet be imminent, and few could accurately predict his opening starting XI.

While Silva himself insists that a central defender “must” be brought in before Thursday’s transfer deadline, all of the movement currently appears to be occurring in the attacking third. The Brazilian Bernard may soon arrive on a free transfer, and now it appears that he could be joined by an England international.

Danny Welbeck has reportedly been informed by new Arsenal manager Unai Emery that he will not be first choice this season and, as such, the club will be listening to offers for him. Everton are intrigued and are said to be preparing a bid.

While by no means an unknown quantity to fans of the Premier League, some will undoubtedly question what Welbeck can offer to Everton’s squad that they don’t already have?

Danny
Welbeck
VYannick
Bolasie
ArsenalEverton
FWD   27Y 8M   6FT 1INFWD   29Y 2M   6FT 2IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
WELBECK
BOLASIE
Starts
12
11
Minutes played
1185
855
Goals
5
1
Assists
2
Opening goals
1
Winning goals
2
Home goals
5
1
Away goals
0
Goals with feet
3
1
Goals with head
2
Minutes per goal
237
855
TOTAL
10

Should he remain at Everton and Welbeck sign, Yannick Bolasie would be a major rival for a starting spot on the left of attack. Given a similar number of starts last season, however, he was unable to match Welbeck’s return.

A record of 5 goals and 2 assists from 12 starts is actually very strong and, considering that most of those came during Arsène Wenger’s turbulent final months at the club, Welbeck performed admirably.

Danny
Welbeck
VTheo
Walcott
ArsenalEverton, Arsenal
FWD   27Y 8M   6FT 1INFWD   29Y 4M   5FT 7IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
WELBECK
WALCOTT
Starts
12
13
Minutes played
1185
1216
Goals
5
3
Assists
2
3
Opening goals
1
2
Winning goals
2
2
Home goals
5
3
Away goals
0
Goals with feet
3
3
Goals with head
2
Minutes per goal
237
405
TOTAL
4
4

Theo Walcott made the switch from Arsenal to Everton in January of this year and, in time-honoured tradition, started brightly before fading off. His record of 3 goals and 3 assists in 13 starts was marginally worse than Welbeck’s with Arsenal, and his minutes per goal ratio far weaker.

Danny
Welbeck
VDominic
Calvert-Lewin
ArsenalEverton
FWD   27Y 8M   6FT 1INFWD   21Y 4M   5FT 9IN
Jun 2017 - Jun 2018
WELBECK
CALVERT-LEWIN
Starts
12
18
Minutes played
1185
1876
Goals
5
4
Assists
2
6
Opening goals
1
Winning goals
2
Home goals
5
3
Away goals
0
1
Goals with feet
3
2
Goals with head
2
2
Minutes per goal
237
469
TOTAL
6
4

A lot of faith was shown in youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and he rewarded the Toffees faithful with 4 goals and 6 assists in 18 Premier League starts.

In terms of minutes per goal/assist ratios, Welbeck was therefore ahead of Calvert-Lewin, but the age difference between the players must be taken into consideration.

While Welbeck certainly has his critics, the likes of Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson have previously seen him as a vital player. He’s rated highly enough within the England camp to warrant selection on a regular basis, and at 27-years-old he still has plenty of years ahead of him.

Some may scoff if Everton sign Welbeck, but this would be an acute acquisition. Fellow new boys Bernard and Richarlison lack Premier League experience, while the former Manchester United man has a wealth of it, and over the course of a gruelling season that could be invaluable.

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