Journalist Josh Bunting has praised Everton transfer target Mohammed Kudus after his superb recent display at the World Cup.
As tends to be the way of all major international tournaments, a collection of players will truly introduce themselves on the global stage and soon be targeted by some of the best clubs in the world.
And while it looks like Ajax and Ghana star Kudus could be one such player, in fairness to Everton, they seem to have been keeping tabs on the player for some time, with Fabrizio Romano claiming a deal was in the works back in August – and talk remains over their apparent interest in him.
Indeed, the man himself even admitted that the Toffees tried to sign him in the summer. He told NOS (via Sport Witness): “Everton seemed like a good option at the time.”
No deal materialised, but after scoring a double to help Ghana win their World Cup group game against South Korea, he has earned the sort of praise that may yet see transfer interest renewed in the winter.
Indeed, Bunting took to Twitter to explain just how important the Ajax man has been for his country in Qatar, writing: “Mohammed Kudus makes this Ghana team tick, he was quality against Portugal. Key to the press and is a goal threat.
“Lovely header from the Ajax man to make it 2-0. Ghana playing some aggressive football in this tournament. Creating problems with their pressures.”
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That tweet was even written before Kudus went on to show his quality again. Indeed, after South Korea had come from two goals down to level the scores, he kept his cool to net a winner in the 68th minute.
According to Sofascore, he played well enough during the defeat against Portugal to earn a 7.4 match rating, before backing it up with this 8.2 display most recently.
Clearly, this shows his ability to do it at the highest level. And with 10 goals to his name at Ajax this term, he’s also doing the business domestically, too.
The Everton scouting department certainly deserves praise for identifying Kudus in the summer. However, they may be kicking themselves now for not getting a deal done as he will likely be worth an awful lot more after this tournament.