What could Pedro Leon bring to Everton?

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The Real Madrid midfielder is currently on loan at Getafe, but has been linked with a permanent move to Goodison Park this January and if David Moyes can pull the deal off, it would be an excellent acquisition for the Toffees.

Given their financial situation, Everton fans are understandably sceptical whenever their club is linked with a new signing, and it is expected that David Moyes will have to make any additions to the squad on a shoestring budget again this January. With that in mind, there is a case for saying that Pedro Leon should not top their list of targets, as he would be a fairly expensive addition to a position that the club has decent cover in. Kevin Mirallas has impressed in his appearances on the right flank so far for the Toffees, with Steven Naismith an adequate back up.

However there is a counter argument to this, which is that Leon is simply an excellent player, and his addition to their right flank would perhaps free up Mirallas and Naismith to play elsewhere whilst also adding a more natural winger to Everton's team.

The reported fee of £6 million is a lot of money for Everton, but given that their rivals for the Champions League will likely be spending far more than that it might be worth a gamble on Leon, given that they likely have the safety net of a big transfer fee for Fellaini in the summer if they don't qualify for the Champions League.

Leon has been excellent for Getafe so far this season, creating 38 chances in 15 appearances for his side. At 26, he likely still has his best years ahead of him, and he has proven himself to be a good player whenever he has started regularly for his side. Real Madrid paid €10 million for him 2010, and his inability to break through at the Bernabeu is as much to do with the surfeit of excellent players they have there as it is any failings on Leon's part.

Everton currently boast perhaps the best left flank in the league with Pienaar and Baines marauding down that side to create most of the team’s chances. Leon would add more quality to their right flank, and perhaps allow Mirallas to play through the middle more regularly.

A right midfielder might not be the most important area of the pitch that Everton need to strengthen, but opportunities to sign players as good as Leon don't come along every transfer window. If there is truth to the rumours they could sign him, then Moyes should go all out to bring him to Goodison Park.

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