Everton scouts have reportedly ‘watched’ Spartak Moscow midfielder, Alex Kral, and could make a transfer swoop, according to Club Call.
In a report published on Monday morning, the British football information service revealed that Marco Silva’s scouts had watched the 21-year-old alongside two other Premier League clubs’ scouts – which were not disclosed.
The scouts reportedly attended Spartak’s derby match with local rivals Lokomotiv Moscow on Sunday, during which the Czech Republic defensive midfielder was awarded a 6.81/10 performance (via Whoscored).
England fans will be familiar with Kral after the recent match between Gareth Southgate’s side and the Czech Republic in which the midfielder delivered a sturdy performance during their 2-1 triumph (via BBC).
The tricky part about the move
Unfortunately for Silva, if the Portuguese manager was weighing up a possible January move, the 21-year-old will not be a sensible purchase until at least the summer of 2020.
As Kral began the season with SK Slavia Prague and played six times in the Fortuna Liga, before making the £10.8 million switch to Spartak Moscow – he would be unable to play for Everton until next season.
Under the current laws of FIFA, a player is able to be registered to three clubs in a season – therefore Everton could sign the 21-year-old – but the player can only play for two of the three clubs – so could not play until next season (as per InBrief).
Therefore, a move for the Czech would not make sense until next summer – unless the Toffees secured their man and loaned him back to Spartak for the remainder of the season.
TiF Tactics – Is Kral better than what Silva already has?
The Ivorian 24-year-old, Gbamin, is currently ruled out through injury – however, he has earned a respectable average rating of 6.76/10 this season (via Whoscored).
Meanwhile, Schneiderlin has tallied a weak 6.07/10 in his 476 minutes for Everton this season, with the Frenchman supposedly currently in his peak years as a 29-year-old.
The Czech Republic international averages 2.8 tackles per game, as well as 1.6 clearances (as per Whoscored), which is already better than what Gbamin and Schneiderlin can offer (2 & 1.7 for tackles, 0.5 & 1.3 for interceptions), so perhaps he would actually be an upgrade if his stats are anything to go by.
With the 21-year-old outperforming both of Everton’s defensive midfield options this season, Schneiderlin not getting any younger and at least a season of progression ahead for Kral before he could don Everton blue – the Czech could be worth a revisit for Marco Silva next summer.