Everton must jump into the race to sign £10m Bayern Munich ace being targeted by Leeds United

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Everton, Marc Roca
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Marc Roca was one of the best holding midfielders in Spain during his time at Espanyol

In 2019-20 season, Roca averaged 4.67 progressive carries and 5.67 progressive passes. Espanyol suffered relegation in 2019-20 season but Roca managed to put in fantastic individual performances. He ranked seventh in most progressive passes in the La Liga in 2019-20 and ranked 5th for most passes in the final third in the entire league. There’s no doubt that he is an efficient ball carrier and a neat passer.

Defensively too, Roca doesn’t let his team down. The player scans the area in front of him well and sits tight defensively. He won 1.83 tackles per game with Espanyol and featured in the top five of La Liga in that category. The Bayern Munich midfielder records 24.85 pressures per 90 minutes, putting him in the top seven per cent of midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues. (stats via FBref)

He should be an ideal candidate to be considered for the holding midfield role. At 25, he has ample time to develop and become a more complete player than he is today. Roca is heavily underrated and Everton shouldn’t be missing out on such an opportunity, especially for such a less financial risk.

For less than £10 million, Roca is the best option that could be available to Everton. So far there are no links to Everton but he is a glorious market opportunity that cannot be missed.

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Should the Royal Blues consider Marc Roca?