Since the addition of their new manager, things have been looking up for Everton. (As long as they can get him a permit to work in the EU.) The latest whisper to watch tracks Kamil Grosicki’s proposed move to Everton from French side Stade Rennes. Let’s check out the move in-depth.
Manager Ronald Koeman is said to be a long-time admirer of the Polish international winger, whom he tried to sign while he was the manager at Southampton. It seems like he’s renewed his interest with an updated bid.
Could Everton be about to make a move for the player? An index score of 3.1 shows that nothing is set in stone so far, while they do have rivals for his signature across Europe.
The rumours stem from a report from the French website Letelegramme, which claims that the French club has received a ‘fairly substantial offer’ for the 28 year old. (It’s thought to be in double figures, which would be great profit for a player that only cost Rennes £500,000 back in 2014.
He’s known for his lightning quick pace, dribbling ability, as well as being able to pick out a pass. If that sounds like the perfect package, he also has a decent shot!
Here’s a video showing off some of his best strikes for Rennes:
He made 36 appearances across all competitions last season, where he scored nine goals and provided four assists. He’s an exciting footballer, and he should be entering the prime of his career.
The player made his debut for the Poland team in 2008, and he’s become an ever-present part of their squad. He’s currently on duty for Euro 2016, and he’s featured in the tournament twice so far.
42 appearances and 8 strikes is a decent return in international football, and he would have no issues securing a permit to work in Europe. (A couple of his goals did come against Gibraltar during qualification for Euro 2016.)
Romelu Lukaku is the focal point of the Everton team, and it makes sense to ensure they have wingers who can get the ball to him as frequently as possible. Grosicki would be the perfect foil, and it’s obviously an area that the manager wants to improve in.
Luis Nani is another target for the Toffee’s, if rumours are to be believed that they’ve lodged a bid for the former Manchester United winger. It could be the start of a new-look Everton attack, that has the pace and trickery on both sides of the field.
Signings of a decent calibre are to be expected when a manager like Koeman joins a team, and they do need to start progressing if they want to achieve their aims this season.
Everton need to shake off the cobwebs following a disappointing season and this could be one of the best ways to do so. They’ll be desperate to hold onto Manchester City are tabling a bid for the former Chelsea target.
If Koeman can settle the ship this season, there’s no doubt that he’ll start to build a team that can challenge for silverware in the coming years. (It’s what he’s famous for as a manager.) As long as they can attract the right personnel, there’s no reason why they can’t fulfil those aims over the next few years.
They obviously want to contend with the larger teams in the league, and Nani and Grosicki would be a couple of great wide options to provide assistance to Lukaku in the Everton attack. They’re also keen to add Tim Krul between the sticks, while Juan Mata, Yaya Toure and Kasper Schmeichel are some of the bigger names that have been linked with the club over the past few weeks.
It’s clear that securing signings is the most important aspect for now, and Grosicki would be a great way to show that the club is on the same page as the manager, who expects instant results.
Here’s what Koeman had to say upon signing for Everton:
“I think, in general, Everton had a strong squad last season. Of course, there will be some changes in the squad, but that is the same for every team ahead of a new season. I will talk to people at the club to make a plan over the next couple of weeks, then start pre-season and make sure we have a really strong team that can fight for a high position in the table.”
It’s clear that he’s already getting to work behind the scenes, which can only be good for Everton in future.
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