Chelsea defeat shows why Everton should pay big for Jamie Vardy

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman looks on during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017.

Jamie Vardy is a surprise target for Everton, with reports suggesting they will pay £40 million for the Leicester City favourite.

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman looks on during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on August 27, 2017.

Everton’s insipid performance in their 2-0 loss at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon was as bad as their tigerish display in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday was good.

Full of bite at the Etihad Stadium, the Toffees were toothless at Stamford Bridge, waiting until only a few minutes from the end to test home goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a speculative effort from Idrissa Gana Gueye that was probably destined for the stands anyway.

Although it was the performance of Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez that may worry manager Ronald Koeman most. Quick, direct and clinical at Malaga last season, the Spain under-21 star looked anything but as he struggled to lead the line against the champions.

Sandro Ramirez of Everton goes down holding his leg during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

And while Dominic Calvert-Lewin was simply outstanding against City, setting up Wayne Rooney’s opener while terrorising the home defence with boundless running and intelligent movement, he has still scored just two goals for the club. For all his potential, it is far too soon to expect Calvert-Lewin to score the goals required to spearhead a top four charge.

Final piece in the jigsaw

Therefore, an ambitious £40 million move for Leicester City talisman Jamie Vardy makes perfect sense. The Mirror claims that The Toffees believe the 29-year-old is open to a new challenge after avoiding relegation, winning the Premier League and progressing deep into the Champions League with Leicester.

And, on the evidence of Sunday’s disappointing showing at Stamford Bridge, Vardy may be the final piece in Everton’s jigsaw. They were screaming out for a player to stretch Chelsea’s back line and Vardy is renowned for exactly that.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, England.

He has the pace, work rate and directness of Calvert-Lewin though allied with proven Premier League pedigree. A case in point: Vardy surely would have dragged Everton back into the game a few minutes after half-time against Chelsea.

Instead, Sandro connected with a perfectly weighted Wayne Rooney through ball before scuffing a weak finish into David Luiz.

£40 million is a hefty outlay but it could be the difference between no points and one; between top six and seventh.

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