Everton: Dia ‘doesn’t score enough goals’


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Everton target Boulaye Dia “doesn’t score enough goals” to make it to the Premier League, according to journalist Ed Aarons.

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The Senegalese star has recently been at the World Cup after representing Aliou Cisse’s nation, where he scored a goal in four starts before being knocked out in the last 16 by England.

The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Salernitana from Villarreal but has been linked with a move to Goodison Park once his spell ends, with a £17m fee to secure his services.

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The latest: comments from Aarons

Speaking to GiveMeSport, however, Aarons claimed that Dia has not been prolific enough in the final third to prove himself as a centre-forward, regardless of other areas of his game being strong.

“Dia has been good at deepening and connecting the play a little more. It links well, it’s pretty strong.

“He’s a bit of a threat in front of goal, but he doesn’t score enough goals. In his career he has not scored enough, this is something he can improve. But his link-up play has been very impressive.”

The verdict: A bit harsh?

The Everton target has been dubbed by journalist Dean Jones as a “knob” for defenders, and looking at his numbers, claims that he is ineffective in the final third may be a bit harsh.

Oyonnax already has eight contributions to his name this season (six goals and two assists) in just 14 games (Transfermarkt).

The Toffees have collectively scored just 11 times this campaign, which shows the significant impact Dia could have up top, so while he might not have the most prolific record of his career, he would certainly be an upgrade from fighter Neal Maupay.


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