By Pranav Shahaney

23rd Sep, 2022 | 10:30am

View: Everton must attempt to sign Ajax ace Mohammed Kudus in January

Everton tried and failed to sign Ajax attacker Mohammed Kudus this summer despite his best efforts to force a move to Goodison Park.

The 22-year-old Ghanian even missed training at the Dutch club in order to get the permission he needed from them to move to Goodison Park.

However, in hindsight, not jumping jump hasn’t been the worst thing in the world for him as he’s gone on to become a revelation in the Netherlands.

Speaking about his failed move, he said, via The Analyst, “Everton offered me a great opportunity and I wanted to try it. No footballer wants to sit on the bench and neither do I.”

He has not been a bench player and if anything, he’s probably been their most lethal goal-scoring threat, especially in the Champions League as he’s scored in both games.

In all competitions combined, the attacker has bagged six goals from just 13 shots – showing just how prolific he’s been in front of goal.

He’s arguably a number 10, but has found his place in his side playing as a false nine and he could revert to his preferred position should Everton sign him.

Against West Ham, Frank Lampard deployed a 4-2-3-1 system and it’s hard to think of a player better than Kudus to play behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Whenever the Englishman drops deep, the Ghana forward can drift into space and be a nightmare for defenders to deal with.

He is lightning quick, sharp and has that composure in front of goal – something that Lampard would relate to from his playing days.

In other Everton news, forward Cody Ebere signs his first professional contract at Goodison Park.