Rafael Leao: Is this Everton’s new Lukaku?


Last weekend Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin walked into a very exclusive club in Goodison Park.

Accumulating 20 goals in all competitions, the striker is now only the third player for the Toffees in the Premier League era to reach that tally.

Romelu Lukaku has done it a few times, while Yakubu is the only other to hit such eye-catching numbers.

Both are incredibly powerful players, using brute force to sideline their marker before finding a devastating and clinical finish in front of the goalkeeper.

Lukaku was a key figure for Everton and in 166 outings for the Merseyside side he has found the net 87 times. It would be hard to suggest he’s a Toffees legend, but he certainly grabbed the attention of the crowd.

Everton are fortunate not to miss it. Calvert-Lewin has become a force to be reckoned with but plays in a different way; hold the ball rather than always using your pace to fall behind.

Should Everton sign Rafael Leao?

Absolutely

Certainly not

Certainly not

Carlo Ancelotti could, however, make great strides in properly replacing Lukaku’s influence this summer.

This is because they have been linked with a £ 45million transfer for Milan striker Rafael Leao.

The 21-year-old has yet to find the net at regular intervals, but that hasn’t stopped him from contributing 12 strikes throughout the current season.

You don’t have to worry about his finishing abilities as he is a player who loves Lukaku, can use brute strength and speed to terrify defense.

Nicknamed the “Portuguese Mbappe” by Lille President Gérard Lopez, he has also been compared to Brazilian Ronaldo: “I would say he reminds me of“ Fenomeno ”Ronaldo for his rhythm, his technique and the quality of his finishes”, Tiago Fernandes , said one of his former youth coaches.

Like Lukaku, Leao was a sensation at a young age, dominating players throughout his youth career. Former striker Rolando Bianchi once commented: “I saw him at the U20 World Cup with Portugal and he made spectacular games. He has great speed, he has a touch of the ball.

Combine his extraordinary pace with his striking technique and it adds a feeling of finesse to his playing that Lukaku has so often brought to Goodison.

The Belgian could make his way past the defenders, but then open the goal enticingly, passing the ball past the goalkeeper with all the confidence in the world.

Leao has a long way to go before she finds the net with the same consistency, but her qualities are enough to get a lot out of it. Imagine what he could do under Ancelotti too.

AND in other news Everton could sign Gomes upgrade in an ‘incredible’ £ 17million beast, he’s ‘extremely strong’ …



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