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Everton could swoop for Swedish international striker

| 09/08/2022 42comments  |  Jump to last

Everton are rumoured to be in talks with Coventry City striker Viktor Gyökeres regarding a move to Goodison Park.

According to the @eplpodden Twitter account, the 24-year-old prospect is negotiating with the Toffees and looks set to leave the Championship side before the deadline, a suggestion lent more credence by Alan Myers of Sky Sports who confirmed that Gyökeres is one of the attacking options the club are looking at.

Gyökeres was originally brought to Engand from IF Brommapojkarna in his native Sweden by Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018 who loaned him out to St Pauli in Germany and both Swansea and Coventry before the Sky Blues snapped him up in a permanent deal a year ago.

He played 46 times, had his most productive season yet, notching 18 goals and, if there is any truth to this report, has caught the eye of Everton's scouts. He has also been capped seven times by his country and has two goals to his name for their senior side.

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Coventry are said to value Gyökeres at around £10m.

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Jay Harris
1 Posted 09/08/2022 at 19:46:48
Lets hope he is a budding Abramovic. Anyone seen him play?
Alex Parr
2 Posted 09/08/2022 at 19:55:14
Guess you mean Ibrahimovic? Haha!

Unless you want him to pop over in his Russian blood money yacht and lend us a few quid


Michael Burke
3 Posted 09/08/2022 at 19:57:13
I'd personally rather have a budding Henrik Larsson, Jay.
Jack Convery
4 Posted 09/08/2022 at 20:07:06
Seems like a late bloomer. His stats for last season in the Championship are good. He scored 18 in 47 appearances all as the centre-forward. He also had 5 assists. Before that he appears not to have done much.

He's 24 and 1.87m in height (6 ft-1in). Excellent fitness record. No injuries last season or in 20-21. As the third choice, he looks a good bet. Still need a second choice to back up Calvert-Lewin.

Hugh Jenkins
5 Posted 09/08/2022 at 20:22:46
Jack (4) - Unfortunately, the way DCL's injury record is shaping up, we are looking for a replacement main striker- not a back-up
Robert Tressell
6 Posted 09/08/2022 at 20:41:57
Gyorekes and Piroe (Swansea) both had very good seasons last year.

The Championship is a very high standard too. So you'd expect him to do okay – and he has the physical attributes to at least be a handful.

I expect we're looking a dozens of strikers right now.

Robert Tressell
7 Posted 09/08/2022 at 21:03:11
Although, as I reflect on this, I do wonder is he genuinely better than Simms?

To my mind, Simms needs this season with Sunderland as part of his development.

But it would be daft to buy a player for c £15M from the Championship who is no better than the striker we have loaned out to the Championship.

Danny Baily
8 Posted 09/08/2022 at 22:15:24
Great option if he's available for less than £5M or so.
Jamie Crowley
9 Posted 09/08/2022 at 22:19:47
YouTube, but, this kid celebrates with fervor. Love it. Intense fella it would appear.

Robert excellent point. We shouldn't buy to buy, or panic buy. This striker we bring in, if we do, needs to be a damn good prospect and certifiably better than what we have.

I'll leave that to Thelwell.

Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 09/08/2022 at 22:21:25
No idea if this has legs, but the Coventry fans seem aghast at the prospect of losing him, which is a positive sign.
Paul Hewitt
11 Posted 09/08/2022 at 22:23:52
Great signing if we get him.
Brian Murray
12 Posted 09/08/2022 at 22:41:28
Robert @ 7.

Okay, different level, I know, but I still doubt Rondon could even get in them positions never mind finish them from what’s on YouTube of the Coventry lad.

Simms seems to have been written off by some but this season could be the making of him until he comes back.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 09/08/2022 at 22:55:34
This one is out of the blue, from reading this scouting report, I can see why the interest could well be genuine.

Just turned 24 in June so young enough to improve further. A gamble, and a test of Thelwell’s discretion. Signing Saša Kalajdžić would generate more excitement, but the new recruitment team seem to know what they are doing so I’ll trust their judgement.

Best young footballers: Viktor Gyokeres

Ian Bennett
15 Posted 09/08/2022 at 23:12:10
No idea of his level, but with 9 subs you need 2 strikers and not 2 keepers on the bench.
Jason Broome
16 Posted 10/08/2022 at 01:04:44
If we were ballsy we should try for Endrick. At 16 he's as good as Rooney at the same age.
Jamie Sweet
17 Posted 10/08/2022 at 02:32:21
I've done my YouTube scouting on the lad. Not sure he's likely to be the answer to our shortage of goals if I'm honest.

Of the 18 he scored, I would say 10 are getting saved by a Premier League goalkeeper.

He also missed 19 of what the stats gurus like to refer to as "big chances" (or absolute sitters, as I know them as).

Positives are that he works hard by all accounts, decent on the ball, good attitude and fitness record.

So perhaps decent back-up, but I think we should be looking for another more Premier League ready number 9 too. Broja the most likely I'm guessing.

Jamie Sweet
18 Posted 10/08/2022 at 02:38:56
On second viewing, perhaps I'm being a bit harsh regarding the quality of some of his strikes.

Judge for yourself:

Sean Roe
19 Posted 10/08/2022 at 04:18:11
I mentioned him on another thread the other day. Decent player if the price is right.
Jay Harris
20 Posted 10/08/2022 at 04:22:16
Alex 2, lol.

One is worth billions the other would cost us billions.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 10/08/2022 at 06:12:35
I still want the 6-foot-7 guy. Never seen him, I just still remember how much fun it was to see Fellaini play as an emergency striker years ago.
Emma Day
22 Posted 10/08/2022 at 06:54:14
Think of this possible signing from another angle.

If we loaned Simms last season to Coventry, and he got 18 goals and 5 assists, we would all be very pleased and say he’s ready for the first team.

Jim Lloyd
23 Posted 10/08/2022 at 07:04:07
Robert (7),

I find your post incisive (as usual!). If Ellis is rated that good by you, then he'll show it with Sunderland (he's already started!).

I really hope we've got our own homegrown, goalscorer who's going to be in our first team next season. If Calvert-Lewin is going to be fit in a month or so, then we have two men in the middle, Calvert-Lewin and Rondon.

So maybe it's not such a major problem that needs fixing right now. I suppose it depends on how much money we've got and, as Robert has said, in a year's time, we might have our own lad (Simms) as our main scorer.

Should we spend millions on an average player? I think if we could get someone on loan for a season, that would give Ellis a chance to show his worth this season.

Martin Reppion
26 Posted 10/08/2022 at 08:38:34
I saw this player recently and thought he'd be worth looking at. I just watched the YouTube of all his goals last season and he is definitely a player for now. Providing he doesn't demand daft money he will offer us something we don't currently have.

I would still like us to go for another striker such as the Austrian beanpole. Along with Calvert-Lewin, and to a lesser extent Rondon, that would give us genuine options and the ability to switch to 2 up front. On the basis we need two players for each position, 4 strikers is the ideal.

Simms coming back next year would be great and allow us to either cash in on Calvert-Lewinor move on whoever is surplus.

But hang on, this is just paper talk so far!

Brian Williams
28 Posted 10/08/2022 at 08:57:11
Had a look at his YouTube highlights as per Jamie's @18 recommendation and to me the lad looks like a natural goalscorer and finisher.

They're the type that can usually adapt to a higher level quickly. He's a good age at 24 so he could theoretically have 4 or 5 years at or very near his peak, a peak he may not have even reached yet.

He seems quite rapid and takes up good positions.

If clubs turned their noses up at signings from a lower league half the very good or great players would never have played at the top level.

One to be considered for sure.

Kim Vivian
30 Posted 10/08/2022 at 09:23:12
How about Broja (loan) and Karadjzic (buy)?

That'd do me, thank you.

Tommy Carter
31 Posted 10/08/2022 at 09:49:53
This is an interesting one.

Gyokeres certainly has quality. And unlike the majority of our squad, he is not somebody afraid of pulling the trigger. He’s also capable of creating a chance for himself.

However, my concern is this. He doesn’t give you much off the ball at all. Maybe Lampard will account for this with other forwards pressing. Alternatively, Lampard will demand this from Gyokeres. It’s not natural for him and will be a big change in his game.

Although physical, he only seems to use his physicality when it suits him and not necessarily the team. He’ll do it to create himself a chance but not to be an outlet for the team during a difficult game. At Premier League level, you will nearly always have games where you are under the cosh for a decent spell. And against the Top 6, we will be under the cosh for most of all of those games.

I guess Lampard and Thelwell have identified a player here they can develop as he’s by no means a finished article or able to yet play a lone central striker role in the Premier League with no loss in performance and in scoring goals.

Geoff Lambert
32 Posted 10/08/2022 at 10:40:07
Have you watched him play then, Tommy?
Tommy Carter
33 Posted 10/08/2022 at 10:46:00
@ Geoff

Once in the flesh and about a dozen games on TV.

Steve Shave
34 Posted 10/08/2022 at 11:09:27
Tommy usually seems to have his eye on the lower leagues so I was interested to read his comments on this.

Seems like a risk to me, if he can't cope with the Premier League, it's a waste of money. If it pays off, we will sing Thelwell's name.

Other clubs can pick up bargains from the Championship so why not us? I know nothing about him, his highlights really didn't change that for me. Interesting times.

Tommy Carter
35 Posted 10/08/2022 at 11:33:01
@ Steve

If we had a fully fit and always available Calvert-Lewin, then this is a very good deal.

But we don’t and therefore the expectation is that his joining means he comes in as the main man playing a lone central striker role.

In my opinion, he’s not capable of this yet. But he is capable of getting goals at Premier League level.

So it may be that if we sign him; Lampard sets his team up to cope with Gyokeres’s shortcomings in the hope he will bag a few goals.

James Marshall
36 Posted 10/08/2022 at 12:14:34
Tommy - our team is already set up to cope with Calvert-Lewin's shortcomings.

In fact, aren't all teams set up based around the attributes & abilities of their players? They at least should be.

Gyokeres is just one in a long list of strikers the Internet tells us we're looking at anyway, so until we see one of them actually signed, I wouldn't read too much into any of it.

We've been 'interested' in Broja all summer for example. Then there was Sasa Wotshisname, now Gyokeres - the list goes on.

Chris Donnelly
37 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:31:51
Gabriel Barbosa, or Gabigol — this bloke is an animal!! He is quick, strong and has a great eye for goal!!!

He is a better player than Diego Costa was, and hopefully Seamus won’t wind him up too much!! Bit left field but, it won’t cost too much and he is a Brazilian, maybe Richarlison could have a word in his ear!!!

Anyway, pleased to see things moving now, it was a nervous few weeks, but it seems like everything is being thought about properly!!

If the Everton family can stick together the whole season, I believe we have a shot at top half and an awesome cup run!!

Love to all my fellow blues!!!

Jay Harris
38 Posted 10/08/2022 at 16:11:23
Jamie #18,

Thanks for that. It was very insightful. I was beginning to wonder what he would be like with his head because all the goals were on the ground then the last goal came up and he really twisted his neck to get that one and put it in the onion bag.

It is always a risk taking a player from the lower leagues but that is why we have the likes of Kevin Thelwell and Frank Lampard to make that judgement call and don't the majority of players come from lower leagues anyway seeing as the Premier League is such a high standard.

Derek Taylor
39 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:28:25
Frank beginning to look like another Everton manager who likes young players – as long as they play for some other team!

My Sky Blue mate tells me he's decidedly average and by no means the best they've got. "Why him?" he said! "But Robins can always spot a sucker."

Jack Convery
40 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:35:20
Here's an idea – ask Spurs if we can loan Richarlison!! He'll want to play as often as possible with the World Cup coming up.

Hardly likely at Spurs unless one of Kane, Son or Kuleveski gets injured early doors.

Jack Convery
41 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:39:45
Just checked the Coventry squad – they have 7 centre-forwards!! No wonder they might be up to letting one of them go.
Tommy Carter
42 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:42:14
I’ve said it enough times.

Mikkel Damsgaard is an opportunity missed for us. A big one.

Rob Jones
43 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:51:07
"Why aren't we looking at players in the Championship?", people ask. Now we are, people are still bloody moaning.

Let's just be happy we're not looking at Top 6 castoffs, or some bloody mercenary looking for one last big wage packet.

Is he better than what we currently have? Yes.

His scoring record last season was solid, and again, like most of our other signings this summer, he played pretty much every game he was available for.

Lee Jackson
44 Posted 11/08/2022 at 01:10:24
Jack (#43) - and Perisic
Alan J Thompson
45 Posted 11/08/2022 at 05:11:55
Wow, somebody said that maybe Thelwell and Lampard see him as someone they can develop. So, errmm, who will he be loaned out to for this to be achieved?

46 Posted 11/08/2022 at 10:47:28
Well said, Rob 46.
Tommy Carter
47 Posted 11/08/2022 at 13:14:19

Many people going on about Kulusevski.

They will drop him deeper and their preferred starting XI will include Richarlison in a front 3 along with Son and Kane. A frightening proposition.

If anybody honestly thinks that Richarlison will not be going straight into their first team and an automatic pick for their starting XI, they have no clue about the game.

This is a really top player. And he will be even better with good players around him.

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