Brands in danger of recruiting another Davies as Everton eye “tenacious” PL player – opinion
After scoring a dream winner against Manchester United earlier in the season, Matty Longstaff was no doubt the player on everybody’s lips.
Newcastle’s hometown hero had blown the roof off the place at St James’ Park, and pundits like Graeme Souness and Gary Neville waxed lyrical about him after the match. Jamie Redknapp in particular lauded him as being “tenacious“, and hailed his midfield partnership with brother Sean.
At that point, a big-money move was easily in sight, but following a pretty average few months since then, teams should perhaps think again about making a move. But according to TEAMtalk, Everton are amongst a bunch of teams who have expressed an interest in signing him amid suggestions he is contemplating leaving the Magpies this summer.
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Whilst Longstaff enjoyed a memorable occasion against United, that wonder goal still remains his one true highlight this season. It’s a situation that is arguably eerily similar to the one being endured by Tom Davies, who is still perhaps best known for his solo run and strike against Manchester City a few seasons ago.
The duo are also fairly similar in respects to their styles of player, with neither goal-scoring or ball-winning midfielders. Longstaff has managed just three strikes this season, whilst Davies has fared worse with just two to his name. Both also average less than 1.2 tackles per game, whilst they also win less than 50% of their total duels too.
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These aren’t players at the top of their games, and their influence on matches has been rather non-existent. How much of the interest in Longstaff is still based on his exploits against United a few months ago? The Toffees would do well to do some more work in terms of scouting before splashing the cash on a potential unknown.
Marcel Brands is at risk of recruiting yet another Davies in signing Longstaff, and that would go down as a complete waste of money at Goodison Park.