Frank Lampard’s Everton faces the prospect of another frustrating season at Goodison Park as the Toffees have started poorly out of the blocks in the 2022-23 Premier League campaign, with familiar issues already cropping up in losses to Tottenham and Aston Villa, and a draw against promoted Nottingham Forest.
The summer sale of Richarlison and the continued absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin have already come home to roost as Everton has struggled in the wake of a lack of depth in both the goalscoring and creativity departments but may turn to Tyneside for a potential late window solution in the vein of Paraguayan international Miguel Almirón.
Guardian Sport writer Ed Aarons reported earlier this evening that Everton has begun to show interest in the 28-year-old attacking midfielder as youngster Anthony Gordon continues to push for a move away from the blue half of Merseyside before the conclusion of the transfer window, with the academy product now demanding to leave for Chelsea this summer.
Interest in Almirón may materialize in the wake of Everton lodging interest in Ghanaian international and ajax attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus, with manager Alfred Schreuder reluctant to let the 22-year-old former FC Nordsjælland starlet leave Amsterdam this summer.
As such, the Toffees are now eyeing alternative options in tactically flexible player profiles that seemingly are capable of being deployed on the flank but also centrally in an 8/10 role under Lampard, with Almirón fitting the bill.
But prizing the Asunción native away from St. James’ Park this summer may not come easily for Everton after Almirón has taken to life under Eddie Howe quite well since the tail-end of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign.
The former Atlanta United standout has already scored this season in a very good performance against Premier League holders Manchester City last weekend in a scintillating 3-3 draw in front of a raucous Geordie crowd, putting Everton in a difficult position to convince the club - or the player - to part ways with the northeast of England.