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Former Everton forward Stracqualursi on the move again

What happened to Everton loanee Denis Stracqualursi?

Everton asked for a big name player in the summer of 2011, and they got one. Sort of. The 'big name' came literally, in the form of Denis Stracqualursi.

The Argentine striker was brought in on loan shortly before deadline day passed, as David Moyes struggled to land anybody permanently, with Royston Drenthe another loanee.

While Drenthe crashed and burned due to his unprofessionalism being his undoing, Stracqualursi was by all accounts the model professional, who gave his Everton career as good as shot as he could.

On initial glance, his record of one goal in 21 Premier League games tells a story of a woeful goalscorer, his performances added much more.

Stracqualursi did take time to settle, as you might expect from a 23-year-old coming over to England with little fanfare at short-notice, and only featured in one of Everton's first 11 games.

At the turn of 2012 he began to pick up some form, scoring two of his three goals for the club in FA Cup wins over Fulham and Blackpool.

In between this he would score his only Premier League goal, an excellent strike in a 2-0 win over Chelsea, while a stirring performance leading the line in a 1-0 win over eventual champions Manchester City was testament to his all round game.

He even began being compared in style to cult hero Duncan Ferguson, but his form trailed off with Everton's January signing Nikica Jelavic displacing him and breaking his rhythm in the team.

By time the season ended he was back to being a bit-part player, and the promise of January and early February had ebbed away, and he was dispatched back to Argentina.

So what has he been up to since?

Stracqualursi was signed from CA Tigre by Argentine rivals San Lorenzo, and got off to a superb start.

He bagged seven goals in his opening 18 games, which saw him bag five of them in a superb four game spell in November. But in the Torneo Final, the second half of the Argentine season, the striker saw his form desert him.

While he showed his liking for a big game goal, netting in a 2-0 win over River Plate, it would be just one of two he has scored since the calendar turned 2013, and already he is being linked with an exit.

Now 25, he is set for another transfer to a foreign league, this time a move to Ecuador.

Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo reports that the striker is set to be unveiled on Thursday by leading side Emelec.

It's unlikely Stracqualursi will ever go onto be a prolific 30 goals a season striker, or even win an international cap with Argentina, but as he bids to ignite his career, it's certain that Everton fans will continue to wish him well in his ambitions.

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