Pace Please.

As the start of a new Premier League season draws ever closer, the excitement amongst football fans across the globe is at an all time high. Nothing compares to watching your club battle it out over 9 months to try and bring home the goods.

Even in the close season the footballing world is still in full swing. International duties, Pre-Season friendlies and the transfer window is still there to occupy our time and one team who has been making waves in the transfer market are those on the blue side of Merseyside.GettyImages-624346620

Evertonians found themselves in a state of disbelief and euphoria when they witnessed their club getting down to business early making 5 decent signings, including the return of boyhood blue Wayne Rooney, and it doesn’t look like it will end there as it is only a matter of time before Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson becomes the latest arrival at Goodison Park in a potential £50mil deal.

However, after watching Evertons pre-season campaign which ended in a 2-2 draw with Seville, it is clear what the side lacks. Pace.

Obviously pre-season is all about finding fitness and experimenting with new formations but the lack of pace was glaringly obvious. Defence wise, Everton looked pretty solid and Michael Keane looks to be a brilliant addition to the squad along with Jordan Pickford, but when play progresses into the final third, the attacking threat appears weak. After only playing a limited number of times over the past year, you have to give some leeway to Rooney for him to find form and i’m sure that the introduction of Sigurdsson will fill that playmaking role that is desperately needed, yet the one thing that truly brought the game to life last sunday was the moment that Ademola Lookman was substituted onto the pitch.

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Lookmans lightening fast pace and tricky feet proved a nuisance to the Spanish side’s back line and he found himself creating numerous chances for him and his teammates but ultimately is was a Kevin Mirallas penalty that saw the equalising goal. Even with the consistent links to target men such as Olivier Giroud and Christian Benteke, these types of players don’t bring any sort of speed, and with Derby interested in a season long loan for Lookman, the Blues could seriously be scuppered for any sort of counter attacking play.

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It begs the question – Will Ronald Koeman see the lack of pace in his side and search the market for a speedy striker or will he rely on technical strategy and a bit of magic from his playmakers to create the goals? And who would he go for? Ciro Immobile? Pierre Emerick Aubameyang? (okay, that may be just a dream but you get the point)..

Who do you think would be a good fit for the team? Leave your comments down below.

-Joel

 

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