Everton are reportedly plotting a summer season transfer for Leicester Metropolis outcast Jannik Vestergaard.
It comes as no shock that the Toffees wish to strengthen defensively, having leaked targets all season and stored simply five clean sheets within the Premier League.
What’s the story?
A supply at Everton revealed to Football Insider that Vestergaard is firmly on the radar of Kevin Thelwell, the Merseyside membership’s new director of soccer.
The information comes at a troublesome time for Michael Keane, who has confronted scrutiny over his performances this season. Some consider that his performances this season are a big contributor to the Toffees’ ongoing points on the again, with soccer journalist Richard Buxton labelling the £30m signing from Burnley “a genuine defensive liability”.
While Keane has been labelled a legal responsibility, Vestergaard – regardless of struggling for minutes at Leicester this season – has been recognized as a defensive “monster”.
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Regardless of making simply ten appearances within the Premier League this season, Vestergaard has been capable of display how efficient he’s on the again for the Foxes. Equally to Keane’s team-mate Yerry Mina, the Dae oozes composure when in possession, as evidenced by his common of eight passes under pressure per game, putting him inside the 93rd percentile for this metric, as per FBRef.
On this regard, he’s the entire reverse of Keane, who’s not as sure in possession and is probably a defender who fits a taking part in type through which clearances from the again had been the primary precedence. For passes beneath strain, the Englishman is miles away from Vestergaard, who additionally pips him for tackles within the defensive third, with two per 90.
This can be a metric which emphasises the defensive prowess of the Denmark worldwide and sees him rank within the 97th percentile this season, putting him inside the elite class on this space.
The transfer would give Frank Lampard a genuinely monstrous centre-back pairing and allow him to axe the unreliable Keane for good.
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