Newcastle starlet 'more feared than Salah' linked with Everton move

The Liverpool Echo claim that the Blues could move for Newcastle United's teenage forward Yankuba Minteh.
Go Ahead Eagles v Feyenoord - Dutch Eredivisie
Go Ahead Eagles v Feyenoord - Dutch Eredivisie / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Everton desperately need more pace, goals and attacking threat on the flanks and there are a number of players who might be available and could provide that, finances permitting.

Neither Dwight McNeil or Jack Harrison provided enough of that threat consistently last season and the other wide forward player on loan, Arnaut Danjuma, rarely played either.

Today the Echo is reporting that the Toffees could seek a deal for Minteh who has decent stats and according to some numbers actually comes out above several of the best attacking players in the Premier League, such as Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Chelsea star Cole Palmer.

Whether the 19-year-old Dutch-born forward - who represents Gambia - really is more effective than such luminaries as Salah, is obviously debatable.

He spent the last campaign playing on loan in Holland for Feyenoord under Arne Slot, who is of course taking over at Liverpool from next season.

Certainly he seems to have real pace and creativity and appears at his best operating wide on the right hand side, while he netted ten times for the Dutch giants as they went on to win the domestic cup.

While the Eredivisie is not of the same standard as the Premier League, Everton have direct experience in Jarrad Branthwaite of how a player who has been on loan there can step up successfully.

Talking of Branthwaite other sources claim that the Toffees are in talks with the 21-year-old England defender to ensure he will stay at Goodison Park for at least one more year.

It is very important that the Blues do all they can to keep hold of Branthwaite as it will be very difficult to replace such a defensive colossus who has already established himself as one of the Premier League's best centre-backs.

Everton seem ready to sell another of their most attractive young stars in Amadou Onana, and ideally possibly before the 30th June and the end of the financial year.

Perhaps, if they are able to complete such a deal then the club will have enough financial resources to hold onto Branthwaite.