3 – Pierluigi Gollini
Pierluigi Gollini will certainly be in demand this summer, with a bidding war expected for the talented goalkeeper. Although his team finished bottom of Serie A he still managed to prove his potential at times and this has caught the eye of Everton who are interested in bringing the highly rated Verona goalkeeper to Merseyside this summer.
Everton will certainly look to sign a shot-stopper this summer as veteran 37-year-old Tim Howard will be leaving the club after nine years with a move to America expected.
According to Italian based website TG Gialloblu, Everton are very interested in Gollini. Gollini actually started his career with Manchester United where he played for a few years before finally sealing a move to Italy with Verona in 2014.
At just 21-years old Gollini will only build on his potential and may look for a move to a top club to reach the level required. Gollini managed just 0.08 clean sheets per 90 minutes this season compared to Everton’s Tim Howard who managed 0.28. Howard also comes out on top for saves with a very impressive 2.88 which is slightly more appealing than Gollini’s 2.33. Distribution accuracy is key for goalkeepers; they can start a counter attack after dealing with pressure. The veteran goalkeeper scores a very impressive 68% which ones again put him on top. Gollini manages 55% which is still above average. A clear strength for Gollini is punching, for goalkeepers this has become crucial. They need to command their box and be strong enough to bolster through defenders and make sure they’re first to the ball. Gollini manages to pip Howard on this one with 0.43 which is just ahead of Howard 0.36. Although Gollini is more superior with punches, Howard once again comes out on top with catches. The Premier League star manages 3.56 per 90 minutes which is just ahead of Gollini who also scores a very majestic 2.48.
The major worry for Everton is the fear of Napoli perusing their interest; Everton will struggle to compete with the competitions at offer. Napoli can offer Gollini Champions League football which he will not taste next season if he does move to the Toffees. Gollini will be aware he could play second fiddle to Pepe Reina who has been explicit this season. Everton could offer first team football, but is the 21-year-old good enough to start for Everton at this point? That is up for debate.