Everton have had their fair share of speedy players down the years.

Think of Romelu Lukaku bustling his way through a defence in the royal blue of the Toffees or Theo Walcott rampaging down the right-hand side.

If you want to go back even further then Wayne Rooney had immense pace as a young forward. Gary Lineker was also a nippy little player.

However, arguably the quickest man to don an Everton shirt was Andrei Kanchelskis.

The winger played 60 times for the Merseyside outfit and scored 22 goals in the process. He was a dazzling player in the final third, capable of scaring defenders to death.

Reviewing his time at Manchester United, former Red Devils man Ben Thornley commented: “He was a joy to watch and the type of player that got people out of their seats.”

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He continued: “The lads who played with him will tell you he had one of the strongest right foots they’d ever come across. I once witnessed him doing about 25 kick-ups with a medicine ball in the gym! On the sly, I tried it afterwards and nearly broke my ankle doing one!”

But why is this all relevant in the present day? Well, Everton could bring a like-minded player to Goodison Park this summer.

Rafa Benitez is interested in a move for Allan Saint-Maximin as he aims to pillage his former employers in a deal that may be worth between £50m-£60m.

Like Kanchelskis, Saint-Maximin not only possesses raw speed but also incredible dribbling ability.

Last term, he completed 3.8 take-ons per match, the second-highest tally in the entire Premier League. On top of that, the Frenchman has been clocked at a speed of 34.2 km/h.

For context, that’s a higher speed than any player managed at the recent European Championships. Yes, Saint-Maximin is quicker than the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker. Breathtaking.

Speaking about the 24-year-old last term, Steve Bruce said: “He gets you off your seat. He can be hard work at times to manage, don’t get me wrong, but he’s a really wonderful talent.”

The start of that quote is identical to the words muttered about Kanchelskis so it’s easy to see where the comparisons lie.

They both possess jaw-dropping pace as footballers and have beaten defenders with absolute ease.

It’s safe to say the Magpies forward would be a cracking piece of business for Rafa Benitez, even at the price tag touted.

AND in other news, Everton eye swoop for “phenomenal” 30-goal beast, he could be their new Lukaku…

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