With speculation surrounding the long-term future of Everton loanee Romelu Lukaku intensifying as the season’s end draws ever nearer, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has drawn up a list of cost-effective alternatives should the Belgian prove too expensive.
Sevilla’s Colombian scoring sensation Carlos Bacca is believed to top said shortlist, whom the La Liga wholesale specialists are willing to open negotiations at around the £9m mark.
Scoring 12 Premier League goals as part of an excellent season spearheading the Merseysiders’ attack will likely inflate Lukaku’s price tag to a figure the perennially frugal wad wavers over at Goodison Park will inevitably balk at, even if they land a top-four finish rated at 3/1.
Bacca is attracting the attention of Everton’s presumably Martin Lewis-advised recruitment team and here are three reasons why they’d be right to move for him:
The Barranquilla native has plundered 154 goals in 288 career appearances.
Notching at a barnstorming rate just shy of one goal in every two games across a career spanning eight years, the most prolific stint of Bacca’s career came at Atletico Junior in his homeland, bagging 73 in 130 outings.
He then proved that he could do it in Europe too, scoring 31 in 54 in a year-and-a-half at Club Brugge, before adding a further 14 in his maiden campaign in southern Spain, including a brace to sink Real Madrid recently.
His ravenous goalscoring appetite hasn’t hindered his ability to provide for his teammates.
Bacca has teed up Rojiblancos buddies on five instances to supplement his impressive goal tally (which outstrips Lukaku’s effort in England FYI).
Of his 15 passes made per outing on average, the statistics gurus at whoscored.com consider one key, which suggests he’s got the ability to link up attacks in the same way Everton’s current target man does so well.
The 2012/13 Belgian player of the year’s explosive pace would offer an added element to the Everton frontline.
A slow coach Lukaku is not, but he’s no bullet train either.
Bacca can blitz beyond high lines, while he also has the strength if defenders want to get physical and a penchant for shooting from range means he can threaten foes from afar, unlike the Belgian he may be replacing.