Who is Everton Soares?
We tend not to comment on every single transfer rumour involving Spurs: For one thing, there really wouldn’t be enough room and, of course, much of this is paper talk. However, if the story gets on to the 24 hour rolling sports news service then it may just be worth looking into.
Naturally it still may be nonsense but there’s quite a lot of discussion over Everton Soares right now so we thought we’d take the opportunity to run the rule over the Brazilian striker.
Everton Soares is a 23 year old Brazilian forward who has played his entire professional career for Gremio. He signed professional terms with his current club in 2013 and it’s said that Manchester City were interested in Soares’ signature – a suggestion that may seem to be a positive endorsement.
Everton went on to make his full debut for Gremio on January 19, 2014. Four days later, he scored his first goal for the club in a win over Lajeadense and from the start of the next season, he became a regular in the first team.
Having not studied the career path of Everton Soares, one point made by Sky Sports News made us sit up and take notice. The striker, so they told us, was the leading scorer at the most recent Copa America so surely we must be talking about a serious talent…
It’s an achievement and a worthy award to have and it’s one that Soares earned through scoring three goals in Brazil’s six matches. Everton also opened the scoring in the final as Brazil beat Peru by three goals to one so it’s all fairly impressive so far.
However, if we look a little closer we find that those are his only three goals in 12 full international matches. It’s a ratio of exactly one in four but how does that stack up against his domestic record?
At the time of writing, Everton Soares has scored 63 goals in 245 matches for his current club. While he may not be used as the main striker at Spurs, is that the sort of return that suggests the Gremio man is better than anyone else in the squad right now?
Anyone reading through this, or any of the other stories relating to Everton Soares might now be recalling the story of Leandro Damiao. Like Soares, this Brazilian attacker was linked with Spurs but those rumours seemed to continue through every transfer window for a couple of years or so. From 2009 to 2013, Damiao played for Brazilian side Internacional and was a full international. In 2014, he made the switch to Santos but hasn’t played for his country since.
On the back of some lean years, Leandro Damiao is now playing for Kawasaki Frontale in the Japanese J League. Is there any suggestion that Everton Soares’ career will progress in a more positive fashion? That remains to be seen but there surely must be a long way to go before we ever see the Gremio man in a Spurs shirt.