Gonçalo Paciência might not be a player who gets fans on the edge of their seats with excitement just yet, but the Portugal international is starting to make a name for himself in Germany - and he could be on his way to the Premier League very soon.

Everton boss Marco Silva is apparently planning a move for Paciência in the January transfer window and the Toffees are already in talks with Eintracht Frankfurt to negotiate a deal.

Unlike previous deals for Juventus wonderkid Moise Kean or even players with Champions League experience like Cenk Tosun, Paciência only has 22 appearances in Germany's top flight under his belt and is largely unknown outside of Bundesliga circles.

But with a move to the Premier League apparently on the horizon, there's no better time to take a look at seven things that most fans won't know about Paciência.

Get Ready for 'Perfect for the Premier League' Claims

Goncalo Paciencia,Bas Dost

Whenever a player who's not well known inside the Premier League bubble ends up moving to England, media outlets scramble to find out anything and everything about someone who they've never actually seen on the pitch.

For taller players it's even worse, so get prepared for every washed-up television pundit to crawl out of the woodwork over the next few months and proclaim how Paciência is 'perfectly suited to the Premier League'.

The 25-year-old might be taller than most modern-day strikers, but Paciência is far from a brute in attack and it's actually the way he uses his body which helps him stand out alongside veteran goalscorer Bas Dost and his compatriot André Silva at Eintracht Frankfurt.

He Used to Be a Winger

Goncalo Paciencia

Paciência isn't quick, but that didn't stop him being used out wide throughout the earlier stages of his career - something which has seen the forward limited to just 30 career goals in 127 senior appearances.

"Before, I was a player who was more out wide and not too much in the penalty area," Paciência explained to bundesliga.com.

"Now, as I've come to Germany, I've improved my game by playing more in the penalty area, to be there for the crosses because I'm strong when it comes from the wing."

He's Not a Prolific Goalscorer (Yet)

SL Benfica v Vitoria Setubal - Primeira Liga

It's not just Paciência's tally of 30 goals at club level in his career which would suggest that, on paper at least, the forward isn't actually a top-level striker. 

Even though the Portugal international is on course to enjoy his best-ever season for finding the back of the net, just 52% of Paciência's 25 shots have ended up going on target this season - with less than half of those finding the back of the net.

The numbers aren't on Paciência's side, but his improvement over the last 12 months alone has been outstanding.

And if nothing else it's a good sign that he was brought to Eintracht Frankfurt by the same sporting director, Fredi Bobic, who trusted Luka Jović and Ante Rebić to lead the line at the Commerzbank-Arena.

Similarities With Sébastien Haller

Goncalo Paciencia,Sebastian Haller

Paciência's goal return might not be much to shout about, but the 25-year-old offers a lot more to Eintracht Frankfurt that just his ability inside the penalty area.

That's helped to fill the gap left by Sébastien Haller, who left to join West Ham during the summer transfer window, and Paciência has been directly involved in 58% of Eintracht Frankfurt's 21 Bundesliga goals this season.

"I like to be a part of the whole game, not only scoring goals, not only attacking and not only being in the defence," he added in his interview with bundesliga.com.

"I like to get hold of the ball, to get assists, to dribble and to defend. I think I'm not a typical No.9 who stays in the area but more of a No.10."

He Starred at the 2016 Olympics


Most of the excitement surrounding the Olympic Games in 2016 surrounded Neymar and co., who were playing on home soil in Brazil.

Germany's Serge Gnabry and Nils Petersen ended that competition as the top goalscorers, but Paciência stole the show for Portugal during the group stages by scoring in each of their three games.

Portugal ended up being knocked out of the competition by runners-up Germany, but Paciência walked away with a better record at the Olympics than household names like Son Heung-min, Bruno Fernandes, Ángel Correa, Gabriel Barbosa and Julian Brandt.

His Dad's a Porto Legend

FC Porto's player Domingo Paciencia (L) duels with

It might be one of the lesser-known father and son relationships in Europe, but Eintracht Frankfurt's Paciência is actually following in the footsteps of FC Porto's sixth all-time top goalscorer.

His father, Domingos Paciência, scored 142 goals in 379 games for the Dragões during two separate spells in northwest Portugal, which spanned over 11 years.

He Scored on His Full International Debut

Goncalo Paciencia

At 25, Paciência has had to wait longer than most to start his first-ever international game for his country.

Having made an appearance as a second-half substitute against the United States under Fernando Santos two years ago, Paciência started Portugal's recent 6-0 win over Lithuania.

Paciência scored his first international goal in their Euro 2020 qualifier, while he also set up one of Cristiano Ronaldo's three goals.

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