The completion of a medical is allegedly all that stands between Yannick Bolasie joining Everton.
The Toffees are paying anything up to £30m for the Democratic Republic of Congo winger depending on who your sports news provider is, with Ronald Koeman looking to add some speed to his new frontline.
Bolasie certainly has that, but his consistency and end product quite rightly raise questions over his astronomical transfer fee.
Last season he found the net five times in the Premier League, creating a further three goals for teammates.
Focusing strictly on top-tier output, Bolasie was on target just once in the second half of the previous campaign, yet it represented his most prolific in the final third.
Everton are going to be disappointed if they’ve bought him for his goals and a string of other stats provide further cause for alarm.
Despite making five fewer league appearances last term, Bolasie’s total crosses of 138 fell just shy of the 151 Jason Puncheon managed as the Eagles’ most frequent crosser.
In terms of quantity, their tallies are comparable, but that’s where the similarities end. Puncheon’s balls into the box found a teammate 49 times, for a success rate of 32.5%, whereas his costlier colleague was accurate on 25 occasions, or just 18.1% of the time.
Bolasie’s 506 passes made was significantly less than Puncheon’s 1240, while the former’s completion percentage in the final third of 72.8% was some way worse than his counterpart’s 80.8%.
Chances created is another field where the lesser lauded Eagles midfielder comprehensively comes out on top, fashioning 59 opportunities as opposed to 23.
With 1.4 and 2.5 minutes per touch and passes received respectively, Puncheon tends to be much more involved than Bolasie too, who averages 1.8 and 2.5 in these fields.
The Toffees’ target may have outscored his teammate, but the Englishman’s two-goal haul last time around represents his worst season in front of goal in four years, so is clearly capable of better.
Koeman’s troops are 13/10 to do the business against West Bromwich Albion next week and, based on these stats, Puncheon would be of greater use than Bolasie in their bid to snare the spoils.