February 24, 2024

Everton has been cautious and perceptive in its transfer market dealings lately, trying to avoid aggravating pre-existing problems.

After all, the Toffees’ historic punishment for exceeding the Premier League’s profit and sustainability standards by a mere £19 million set out a seismic shockwave throughout the football world on Friday, when they were penalized points.

Everton has been cautious and perceptive in its transfer market dealings lately, trying to avoid aggravating pre-existing problems.

After all, the Toffees’ historic punishment for exceeding the Premier League’s profit and sustainability standards by a mere £19 million set out a seismic shockwave throughout the football world on Friday, when they were penalized points.

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Archie Gray of Leeds United is reportedly worth £40 million, but Everton has expressed interest in him earlier in the month. Given the dire need for an Idrissa Gana Gueye successor, this may be the best time to invest in the young midfield player.

How good is Archie Gray?

Gray, who only made his Championship debut this season, is only 17 years old, but he is already playing a lot of mature and composed roles for his boyhood club.

His adaptability adds to the mystery around him, but he really shines in the engine room, where he serves as a busy metronome who can both dictate and disrupt the play.

Even though Gueye, 34, has recently been limited to the bench, they still need to replace him because he has been a top tackler for the Toffees since returning from Paris Saint-Germain, averaging 2.3 tackles and 6.7 ball recoveries per game in the Premier League this season.

Gray, on the other hand, has been Daniel Farke’s constant. According to Sofascore, he has also recorded 2.3 tackles and 5.2 ball recoveries per game while also filling in at right-back. His 81% pass accuracy is outstanding.

Such adaptability is essential in today’s game, and it is all the more remarkable considering his youth and inexperience, which caused journalist Phil Hay to speculate that he was cooking up something truly “special.”

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If he were to follow Jack Harrison’s example and swap Elland Road for Goodison Park, he may lay the groundwork for Merseyside’s success in the coming ten years, eventually taking the place of the small enforcer that so many managers have failed to succeed with.

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