“The freight train has arrived!” Screamed BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce as Denzel Dumfries scored a goal for the Netherlands last week.
Former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku may have caught the eye at Euro 2020 with his goals and Raheem Sterling with his infectious style, but no player could be said to have won more hearts than Dumfries.
The rampant Dutch full-back was knocked out of the tournament after his country lost to the Czech Republic a few days ago, but he has done superbly.
He had a broken lung as he chased the ball down the right side, hit the attacking players in the Qatar 2022 midfield and dominated the defensive lines.
Dumfries will have many suitors after the European Championships and a €15m release clause for PSV Eindhoven (13 million pounds sterlingIt’s sure to attract a lot too.
The Spaniard will find it difficult to win over the part of Goodison Park’s followers who despise him for his loyalties with Liverpool.
Should Benitez bring Dumfries to Everton?
Signs of vile protests have been hung outside the 61-year-old’s home and he will have to go some distance to win them over.
One way he can do that is by acting smart in the transfer market and signing on to the brutal presence of the Dumfries.
He is one of the most striking defenders in European football, combining immense physical strength, defensive solidity and a ruthless attack.
The right-back scored two goals during the competition and earned a lot of plaudits. Journalist James Bing call He was ‘sexy’ while former Hull player, David Mailer, He said Dumfries was “incredible” in every game.
For context only One The full-back in the entire tournament was better in terms of aerial view than the 25-year-old.
Dumfries also produced 1.5 The number of shots per game, while he was fouled 1.8 times per match, which is a great number for a player playing in his position.
A quick look at his heatmap (via sofascore) of the competition tells you how high the playing field is with the vast majority of his touches and runs in the final third.
Benitez will have a lot of goals in mind but he must make sure Dumfries tops the list.
With Seamus Coleman’s contract expiring in a year, the Toffees will need another right-back to play this third of the field anyway.
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