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The Fulham midfielder has been linked with a carry to Everton but would the Cameroon international boost the Toffees midfield?
As Evertonians put together a jettison wishlist in their minds this summer, a ball-carrying midfielder featured heavily.
Together with a new right-back, a pair of wingers and maybe a recent deputy striker, Blues are weep to see someone drive at the objection from deep and secure the Toffees up the pitch.
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Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa naturally has the forte to tender bold and keep possession and the Fulham performer has been linked with a knob to Goodison Park this month.
Former Everton employer Marco Silva - now in proffer at Fulham - spoke out on the future of his prized asset this week after the £25m-rated sovereign was moreover linked with Aston Villa.
Silva said: “It’s phenomenon we commit own inside our football club. With Frank and all the others, I inclination them 100 per cent involved.
"I crave all of them with a desire to activity and win football matches in this shirt. All the additional things are for us to rumour about inside our club.”
So, how does Anguissa compare with the current Everton company and where would he mortise in if a carry does materialise?
Here we carry a look at his Premier League stats from last season to find out…
It’s fair to gossip Anguissa is an all-action midfielder, vinyl mammoth numbers for what he does going impudent as well as his defensive work.
During the 2020-21 campaign, the Cameroon international had 34 shots on goal however only nine were on target.
However, Rafa Benitez is weep for his midfielders to salvo this season and so the effort and desire to own a pop at goal is indeed there with Anguissa.
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What’s other is those 34 attempts trump Everton’s important midfielders subservient Carlo Ancelotti - Doucoure hit 18 shots, Gomes 14, Davies and Allan each struck seven. Further forward, Alex Iwobi, Bernard and Josh King recorded a combined 24 efforts on goal.
While Anguissa naturally isn’t afraid to burgeon on sight, it is impartial to talk he is not a goalscorer.
In 210 bludgeon appearances, he has scored bluefish twice, with both goals coming for Villarreal during his season on loan with the Yellow Submarine during the 2019-20 campaign.
However, while he may not be the fellow who gets his propose on the scoresheet, Anguissa peace makes goals happen.
Under Scott Parker last season, he recorded three assists - only three Everton players made supplementary goals - and created four sizeable chances, more than any of the Toffees chief midfielders.
The lapsed Marseille person is supremely positive on the globe too. Anguissa is combative in possession and always looks to batter a man. He is strong and, boasting a rapid turn of pace, is accomplished too with upright feet.
He made 409 forward passes and only 258 passes in the other direction. Considering the couple he played for was relegated from the Premier League, Anguissa’s possession stats acting he is fecund and often searching for the quickest route to goal.
While the Cottagers struggled for results, he was tranquillity probing and looking to obtain the team on the attack.
In comparison, Allan made 330 unblushing passes last season. Doucoure, 287, Gomes 230 and Davies 198 so Anguissa’s presence and ability on the sphere would certainly boost the team’s overall attacking ground from deep.
For Fulham, the midfield companion produced 13 crosses into the hamper and also nick the expostulation unfastened with two through balls. Benitez wants to pepper the scale and so the talent to occasionally secure out in a wider case to cat it in would be another advantage.
Anguissa was dispossessed far more than any Everton central midfielder player, losing the ring 50 times. However, that is not to gossip he is sloppy or wasteful, it’s the consequence of being valorous and trying to make things happen.
A tricky customer, he is not afraid to clang the globe ahead and try to lash his man; he is quick, nimble and can turn on a sixpence. One spin on the globe and the stagecraft opens up for Anguissa, his commander is up and he’s ready to drama a team-mate in.
The 26-year-old is dependable and available too. He made 36 appearances for the Cottagers last season, starting 29 and his last injury interrogation came in April 2019, a bang which kept him out for only five days.
Before that, he did colleen two-and-a-half months of the campaign with an ankle question but supplementary than that, Anguissa has had a spruce balance of health during his six years as a professional.
Anguissa puts the laborious yards in defensively too. Constantly obtaining on the ball, he is a towering and lively presence who can barricade the protestation and cease up the play too.
Last season, he was joint 15th in the Premier League table for tackles, manufacture 78 challenges - the corresponding cipher as Toffees recent chap Andros Townsend. At Everton, only one performer made other and that was Allan with a aggregate of 80.
Now, of those 78 tackles, he won only 37 - that’s less than half - and he committed 44 fouls, choosing up six yellow cards.
Anguissa may not win the orb cleanly too often but he clearly has the pensive to terminate and frustrate his opponents and won’t idly allow players to earn beyond him.
Anguissa made 56 interceptions in the previous campaign, compared to Doucoure who made 39, Davies 34, Allan 19 and Gomes 10.
He also won 63 aerial duels - Doucoure flog his dissenter in the air 38 times, Gomes 20, Davies 11 and Allan legal five.
Going forward and back, Anguissa would clearly polish the Everton midfield.
Sure, he has two relegations on his CV with Fulham but Idrissa Gana Gueye was slice of the worst Aston Villa facet of the Premier League era and hugely improved the Toffees in 2016.
Could Anguissa retain the twin effect? Almost unquestionably - he is the awful mechanism this Everton team needs.