Everton have been in advanced talks in recent months to sign El Bilal Toure from Almeria but faces stern competition from Atalanta for the 21-year-old.
The Toffees had an underwhelming campaign last season in the Premier League, merely escaping relegation by a whisker.
One of the positions that have been a cause for concern for Sean Dyche is the centre forward department.
Since Richarlison moved to Tottenham, the Toffees have found it difficult to find a striker to replicate the kind of form and work rate the Brazilian portrayed while at Goodison Park.
Everton signed Neil Maupay from Brighton, a move that is widely seen as a disappointment due to the striker’s futile effort to hit the ground running at Goodison.
On the other hand, there were high hopes for Dominic Calvert-Lewin since his breakthrough season in 2020/2021 where he scored 21 goals in all competitions for the Toffees, with Sports Buffer and other sports news publications predicting a move to a Champions League club in the near future.
Since then, the 26-year-old has been struggling with a series of injuries and has been unable to retain his place as Everton’s point man.
The likes of Elis Simms, Lewis Dobbin and Tom Cannon are exciting prospects, but probably not good enough to challenge for the starting role.
Hence, Everton must do everything they can to have a reliable focal point in attack next season and this has made Everton earmark Bilal Toure as the perfect target man for Dyche’s system.
Why Everton must do everything to sign Bilal Toure
The Mali international had a remarkable campaign in his debut season scoring seven goals in Laliga.
The 21-year-old is a deep-lying centre forward who possesses all the elements that perfectly suit Seam Dyche’s system.
With the addition of Arnaut Danjuma from Villarreal, Toure will offer Dyche the chance to implement his famous two-striker system that thrived while he was at Burnley.
What will excite Dyche about Toure is his unrelenting work rate in the opposing half of the pitch. His ability to counter press on every occasion as well as his vision on the ball will be an important asset for Dyche’s team.
He has an impeccable turn of pace, dominant in the air, and has exquisite finishing that is similar to that of Harvey Barnes who excelled under Dyche’s stewardship.
His equalizer against Atlético Madrid and his winner against Barcelona show Toure’s ability to be the man for the big occasion,
The Premier League’s pace and physicality are the perfect stage for Toure who possesses all the prerequisites to thrive in the League.
Adding Toure to Everton’s ranks will solve the most glaring problem of consistency and goalscoring which Everton have lacked up front for the past few seasons.
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