Former Chelsea winger could have everything Everton and Carlo Ancelotti need #PremierLeague

Former Chelsea winger could have everything Everton and Carlo Ancelotti need




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There is no doubt that Carlo Ancelotti has plenty of work to do during the summer transfer window.

Everton faltered towards the end of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, capped off by a 3-1 final-day home defeat to relegated Bournemouth.

A combination of poor form and injuries saw the Toffees finish in 12th place, and improving on that next season will be the bare minimum for the Everton manager.

Reshaping his current squad will be the Italian’s first task, with new arrivals hopefully in place well before the big 2020/21 kick-off on September 12.

Everton supporters have seen some signs of improvement in the seven months that Ancelotti has been at the club, but it is clear signings will have to be made – and the manager’s brilliant reputation will no doubt see the club linked with plenty of big names.

However, one name that has already cropped is unheralded former Chelsea winger Jeremie Boga. He reportedly caught the eye of Ancelotti when he was Napoli manager and Sky Sports claim the interest has been retained at Everton.

The Blues are likely to face stiff competition for his signature, with the likes of Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund also said to be interested. Nevertheless, it is worth looking at why Ancelotti holds Boga, 23, in such high regard.

An obvious place to start is his goal-scoring record, which has improved year-on-year in the senior game.

After scoring just seven league goals in the four seasons before 2019/20, the France-born winger netted 11 times for Sassuolo in Serie A this term.

Naturally, such a record means there are question marks over whether his improved marksmanship is sustainable or just a freakish vein of form.

According to the website Wyscout, his 11 goals have come alongside an expected goals (xG) value of just 4.78, which means Boga has scored six goals more than he was predicted to do this season.

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While that may be seen as a positive, it is also a strong indication that we could see a fall in his goal numbers as his career progresses, but there are other aspects of his game that need scrutiny too.

Given that Boga has only had a couple of full seasons playing in a top European league, using xG to measure his true quality is too focused, especially considering he is a winger.

In fact, it is his impressive ball-carrying ability that best shows how he could be a useful player in Ancelotti’s preferred 4-2-2-2 (or 4-4-2) system.

Playing in a wide attacking midfield role would see him tasked with progressing down the pitch when in possession and supplying the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Boga is ranked first in Serie A this season for attempted dribbles – 10.48 per 90 minutes – and third for progressive runs at a rate of 5.48.

Registering high numbers in those categories suggests he would be a valuable asset in an Ancelotti team that looks to progress the ball in wide areas.



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