Benitez can find his new Morientes if Everton sign "phenomenal" 30-goal monster – opinion
If you focus on Everton’s options in an offensive area, they only really have Dominic Calvert-Lewin of note when it comes to strikers.
The English forward was supreme last term, scoring the highest number of goals in his career to date by beating the goalkeeper on 21 occasions.
Not since Romelu Lukaku have the Toffees had such a ruthless player inside the penalty area.
However, if Everton are to secure a place back in European football, they will need to find more individuals capable of scoring goals.
One attacking player who could be on the move within the Premier League is Tammy Abraham. Everton were interested in the Chelsea star earlier this year but there are a number of team chasing his signature.
Described as a “phenomenal” player by Alex McLeish, the tall attacker could bring similar qualities to Merseyside that Calvert-Lewin has shown.
He is quick, hard-working, good in the air and a wonderful finisher. Analysis from Smarterscout reads: “He’s above average in aerial duels in open play and close to average on the dribble. He’s also a very good finisher with both his feet and his head in open play; he’s outperforming his expected goals, but he’s good value for it.”
This sounds similar to a player Rafa Benitez has enjoyed the pleasure of managing in the past; Fernando Morientes.
Benitez brought the Spanish gem to Liverpool back in 2005. He’d played a major hand in getting Monaco to a Champions League final and was ready to take the Premier League by storm.
However, he only managed 12 goals in 61 outings under the new Everton boss.
That said, his style of play is comparable to Abraham in a few ways. Former Real Madrid man Radomir Antic once said of Morientes: “He’s a versatile striker in that he can score goals in the box, but also outside it.
“He can hold up the ball, he’s exceptional in the air “
Meanwhile, the Madrid website has the following review: “At home in the penalty area, and fabulous in aerial play, he became the perfect ‘9’ to finish off his team’s forward thrusts.”
Abraham might not be a master of his craft quite yet like Morientes was but he’s just as clinical in front of goal.
He’s scored 30 times in 82 games for Chelsea and is excellent at holding the ball up, similar to how the bullish Spanish forward was.
It would take a sizeable offer to lure him away from other suitors but there’s no denying he’d be an excellent acquisition.
Source: Football – Football Fan Cast