£20m player who would keep Everton away from another relegation battle

Everton narrowly escaped relegation last season, highlighting the need for significant improvements. As reports the 3AddedMinutes, Years of questionable transfer investments and poor decision-making in the management have led them away from the days when they were regular contenders for European qualification under David Moyes.

To regain their previous form under Sean Dyche, Everton must address several areas in their squad. While their defense, particularly the center-back position, has potential talent to develop into a solid unit, their attacking department is a major concern that requires immediate attention.

With just 34 league goals last season, only Wolves scored fewer than Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin struggled to regain his form after sustaining multiple injuries, Neal Maupay fell short of his best form at Brighton, and Ellis Simms is still in the early stages of his career. The team lacks a reliable number nine, and Demarai Gray, who often played in that role last season, is not a suitable solution. Everton must either ensure that Calvert-Lewin has fully recovered or seek to purchase a new striker. The logical choice would be the latter.

Several forwards have been linked with Everton, but most of them lack natural goal-scoring ability. One exception is Italian international Mateo Retegui, who was previously linked with a move to Goodison Park in April. Retegui, currently on loan at Club Atlético Tigre from Boca Juniors, has garnered attention after his surprise call-up for the European Championship Qualifiers, where he scored on his debut against England and added another goal against Malta.

Retegui impressed during his loan spell at Tigre, scoring 19 goals in 27 games in his first season and adding 10 goals in 18 games this year, despite his team’s struggles. He possesses speed, strength, and aerial ability. While he may not excel in dropping deep to link up play, he thrives as a powerful presence on counter-attacks. In essence, Retegui is a direct player who prioritizes scoring goals and has a proven track record of performing well even in lower-ranked teams. Such attributes make him an ideal fit for Dyche’s Everton.

Retegui’s strengths lie in the penalty box, as he excels at evading markers and finding space to score, which has been sorely lacking in Everton’s attacking options. He is also adept at exploiting gaps left by opposing defenses, making him a valuable asset in the age of high-pressing tactics. His playing style aligns well with the demands of the modern game.

However, one drawback is that Retegui is not known for his creativity, and Everton currently lacks quality service to their forwards. Players like Alex Iwobi and Dwight McNeil showed flashes of form last season but were inconsistent. While Retegui alone cannot solve all of Everton’s attacking issues, he would represent a significant step in the right direction.

Boca Juniors has reached out to multiple teams, including AC Milan, Atalanta, La Liga clubs, and Ligue 1 teams, regarding Retegui’s availability. The reported asking price of up to £20 million is reasonable for a genuine goal scorer. Everton would be wise to explore this opportunity and do their best to meet Retegui’s demands if given the chance.

The question remains regarding Calvert-Lewin’s role if a new number nine is brought in. Considering his history of injuries, there is no guarantee that he will return to his lethal form when he scored 16 goals in the 2020/21 season. However, it is possible for Retegui to form a partnership with Calvert-Lewin, with the latter dropping deeper to provide creativity. Doubling up on the number nine position could provide Everton with more tactical options and a stronger attacking threat.