Former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has voiced his desire to witness Everton’s summer signing, Beto, make a more substantial impact in front of goal, writes the Everton.News. Everton secured the services of the towering striker from Udinese during the recent summer transfer window, shelling out a noteworthy £25 million for his acquisition.
While Beto exhibited his goal-scoring prowess by netting his debut goal for the Toffees in an EFL Cup encounter against Doncaster Rovers, the Premier League has proven to be a more challenging terrain for the 6’4″ forward. As of now, Beto is yet to open his Premier League goal-scoring account. Nevertheless, his performances have garnered admiration for attributes such as his physicality, diligent work rate, and adept hold-up play.
In Everton’s recent triumph against Brentford, where Sean Dyche’s side secured their maiden Premier League victory of the season with a 3-1 scoreline, Beto played a pivotal role. The 25-year-old showcased his potential by creating goal-scoring opportunities for himself, albeit without converting them.
Tim Howard, speaking on NBC Sports, pinpointed the facets of Beto’s game that require refinement, emphasizing, “it’s the clinical nature or lack of awareness in front of goal.” Howard, a former Everton shot-stopper, recognizes Beto’s ability to position himself effectively and excel in aerial duels. Still, he believes that enhancing his finishing ability is crucial. Howard also raised the intriguing possibility of Beto and Dominic Calvert-Lewin forming a partnership upfront, saying, “Can they play together? We’ll see.”
Sean Dyche, Everton’s manager, has previously contemplated the idea of deploying both Beto and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a striking duo. Dyche is known for his preference for a two-striker system. However, at present, he has stuck to a formation that deploys a lone striker. Beto appears well-suited for this role, bringing valuable attributes such as his prowess as a target man who can unsettle opposition defenders and lead his team’s offensive efforts.
Nevertheless, the expectations on Beto to contribute regularly to the scoreline remain substantial. During his tenure at Udinese, he never surpassed the mark of eleven goals in a single season. As Everton seeks to secure their status in the top flight of English football, the team may rely heavily on Beto to provide more goal-scoring firepower.
It is essential to acknowledge that Beto’s journey at Everton is still in its early stages. Given the time to acclimatize to life at the Merseyside club and adapt to the rigorous demands of the Premier League, he may well unlock his goal-scoring potential and become a pivotal asset in Everton’s quest for success this season. Only time will reveal the full extent of Beto’s contributions to the Toffees’ campaign.