After Romelu Lukaku’s £75 million sale to Manchester United, it’s no secret that the Toffees are in the market for another striker. Despite the signing of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga and the emergence of young star Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Koeman still feels that the squad is a little bit light up top and is targeting more signings before the end of the season.
Everton have found goals hard to come by as of late and their recent 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge once again highlighted a lack of firepower in front of goal. One man that could perhaps revive the Toffees’ fortunes in front of goal is wantaway Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who has failed to return to Stamford Bridge after the summer on account of him trying to force through a move back to his former club Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid are currently serving a transfer ban, which would mean that Costa wouldn’t be able to play until January even if he signed for the Spanish club, and Everton boss Ronaldo Koeman has recently declared an interest in taking the player on loan, stating that “there’s always a warm welcome for a good player” and that there would be room to accommodate Costa should he fancy donning a different royal blue shirt for a short spell. Of course, with a player of Costa’s undoubted quality, there would surely be many clubs queuing up to take him off Chelsea’s hands but Everton have already signalled their intent to finish in the top six this season with a plethora of big-money signings and the signature of Costa would represent a real coup for the club.
Despite the loss to Chelsea, the Toffees have enjoyed a decent start to the season and are have already secured their place in the Europa League group stages. The defeat at Stamford Bridge was their defeat in eleven games in all competitions and the club earned an excellent point in their last Premier League fixture at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium as successfully tipped by Oddschecker. There have also been numerous encouraging signs that the new arrivals are getting use to working alongside one another, with Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring what can already be considered one of the goals of the season on his debut against Croatian side Hadjuk Split during the midweek, as well as Wayne Rooney and Jordan Pickford putting in impressive performances in the games they have been involved in so far.
It remains to be seen whether Diego Costa would fancy a move to Merseyside, but there’s no doubt that wherever he ends up, the man will score goals and plenty of them. Despite his volatile nature, the player is one of the last of a dying breed of centre forward with a no-holds barred attitude and an eye for goal and it is this combative nature which makes Costa a perfect fit for the Premier League. Much will depend on whether Costa gets his wish and is allowed to move to Spain, but if the deal goes through, don’t be surprised to see him loaned back out to the Toffees until January in a bid to prove Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wrong and inflict damage on what would be his former club when the two teams meet at Goodison Park on December 23.
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