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Marega Could Provide Perfect Tosun Alternative

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Signing players from Portugal can be a mixed bag.

The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho, José Fonte and Cédric Soares have all been triumphs in the Premier League after joining from the Primeira Liga.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Hélder Postiga and Bebé however are warnings that success in Portugal may not translate to England.

The latest name plying his trade in the Primeira Liga to be linked with a move to England’s top flight is Moussa Marega.

The Porto striker has 20 goals in the league this term and ,according to the Daily Mirror, is an Everton transfer target.

West Ham United and Swansea City are also said to have looked at the Mali international, while he was previously on Tottenham Hotspur’s radar.

The 26-year-old has a £35million release clause but would he be worth bringing to Goodison Park for that money?

Sam Allardyce has been criticised for his treatment of Cenk Tosun, who was seemingly frozen out at Everton after his January arrival, before being brought in from the cold in recent weeks.

The Toffees boss has defended how he dealt with the situation: “You know, it’s the usual rubbish you get from outside the football club,” he said. “They say: ‘You pay all that money and don’t play him, why not?’

“That’s because they don’t know. I do, they don’t. We wanted to get him fitter, and more used to the players he was playing with. A lot of the training and extra training he’s done, especially in Dubai, has paid dividends not only for us but for him and long may it continue.”

Despite whether Allardyce is convinced or not by Tosun, there is still talk as to another possible frontman arriving this summer.

Given the only striking options at Goodison at the moment are the Turkish hitman, Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it makes sense to bring someone else in.

But how does Marega compare to the Toffees current strikers? We take a look at the statistics.

Compared to Calvert-Lewin, the Porto man does better in every category bar key passes. He has the best goalscoring rate out of the quartet, but that may be down to him having more shots per 90 minutes.

Niasse may have the most touches in the opposition box, but he doesn’t seem to be able to convert that into a goalscoring threat, with Marega averaging more shots and goals per 90.

Tosun beats Marega in terms of key passes and a better shot accuracy though.

If Everton want to seriously push for Europe once more, having three strikers will be needed. Calvert-Lewin is a hot prospect but he is by nowhere near the finished project, while it has never really felt that Niasse is at the level needed to be a success. Bringing Marega in could give the Toffees an alternative to Tosun who’s more than capable of putting the ball in the back of the net regularly.

He is fast, a decent finisher and confident in the air. His physical strength should see him adapt to the Premier League in no time.

It’s always a gamble signing players from abroad but with 33 goals in 49 league appearances over the last two seasons, it’s certain Marega is a player on form who’d be arriving in England full of confidence.

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