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Hirving Lozano would be a “good signing” for Everton but they will still need to sign more help in the goal-scoring department says Kevin Campbell.
The 59 cap Mexican international winger’s Napoli contract expires in 2024 but with the emergence of Georgian senseation Khvicha Kvaratskhelia his game time has suffered, and as a result his intermediary Alessandro Monfrecola has named the Toffees and Manchester United as potential destinations for a summer move [Radio CRC, via Gonfialarete, 7 October].
Sky Sports pundit Campbell accepts that the 27-year-old would be a useful addition to Frank Lampard’s squad, but believes there is a greater need for more help at striker so Everton would also need to bring in another signing at the same time.
Speaking exclusively to Goodison News he said of Lozano: “Very direct player, skilful, but he’s not a goalscorer.
“He’s a winger. You need somebody in the middle who can finish, that’s the key.
“It’s not as if Everton don’t create chances. Everton create chances, but they need to take them.
“So would it be a good signing? Yes, it would be, but you’re still going to need a striker.”
The return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin from injury has eased the pressure up front, and his excellent performance in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday (22 October) had shades of him before all the injury issues.
But behind him Neal Maupay is a solid but not spectacular deputy and Salomon Rondon simply doesn’t carry the goal threat he did earlier in his career.
The wide positions have a good deal of quality in Anthony Gordon, Demarai Gray and Dwight McNeil, but end product can be an issue, and Lozano’s goal return isn’t awful.
In Italy it’s just below one in four, while his spell at PSV saw a very impressive one in two, so if he is already being lined up for a move he could certainly chip in, but Calvert-Lewin could use some extra support to finish chances in the middle still.