Everton summer transfer target Luis Diaz has been backed to emulate Richarlison if he does eventually come to Goodison Park.
Colombian international winger Diaz was wanted by the Blues ahead of the current campaign but with his compatriot James Rodriguez understood to be unwilling to return to former club Porto, Financial Fair Play restrictions scuppered any chance of a potential deal.
Everton finally freed up some funds with Moise Kean’s transfer deadline day return to Juventus on a two-year loan while James joined Qatari outfit Al Rayyan over three weeks’ later after the European window had shut but it all proved too late to bolster Rafa Benitez’s squad with less than £2million spent on five new faces.
Diaz, who was in the city this week playing against Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield, has subsequently enjoyed a stellar season so far, equalling his 11-goal total from 47 matches last term in just 16 games.
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Such form has produced speculation that some of the game’s biggest names are now tracking the 24-year-old with his reputed price tag also soaring but former Everton striker Louis Saha believes Diaz could be a big hit at the club in the mould of one of his fellow South Americans.
Saha told 101GreatGoals: “Everton is a great family club, I felt welcome, I felt like they wanted to win trophies.
“They’ve got a great squad and Diaz will improve as a player by joining them.
“He will feel enough under pressure as Everton have high standards, they want to see commitment from their players and team spirit.
“As a player who has so much quality, like Richarlison, he'll do well there. I'd recommend any player to go to England and experience Goodison Park, it’s unbelievable.”
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Meanwhile, Saha, who netted 35 goals in 115 games for Everton between 2008-12, hopes his former club can keep hold of attacking pair Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the aforementioned Richarlison as he fears that there could be transfer interest in the club’s two most-valuable assets.
Asked if he feels the duo can fulfil their ambitions with Everton, the Frenchman said: “I think it depends. You look at the squad and you can see they have the capacity to do a lot of damage.
“The players are still young, and it could be that they have ambitions to join even bigger clubs later down the line. But they need to prove their worth first.
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“Those two players have the squad around them to click and in many leagues a partnership of those two would be enough to win trophies. But the Premier League is so hard, it will be difficult for them.
“They’re both hugely talented players and so I do worry that they’ll have their heads turned in due course and perhaps their long-term futures are at other, so-called bigger clubs.”