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Everton Desperately Need A Striker – Who Should They Sign?

It’s becoming pretty obvious that Everton has failed woefully in their bid to replace Romelu Lukaku. A gaping hole is glaring in the Toffees attacking department. A proficient striker is urgently needed by the Toffees before things get ugly. Who could solve Ronald Koeman’s debacle?

Everton must’ve known that selling Romelu Lukaku would haunt them this season; losing a big intimidating striker with the ability to plunder over 25 league goals per season for a club on Everton’s pedestal would definitely create a ripple effect.

Still, Ronald Koeman didn’t envisage a crisis so early in the season. Why? He’d secured the services of two forwards with relative prowess in the striker’s department. One, a 31-year-old veteran who has done it all and won it all at Manchester; the other, a budding striker, a La Masia graduate who had proven he can hit double figures in a top league like La Liga.

From the few games the Blues have played in the new season, only of a couple of goals have been scored in the league (thanks to Wayne Rooney) with three more in Europe none from a striker. It’s led Ronald Koeman to say per Skysports:

“I think even with the talent of Dominic and Ramirez, look to other squads. They have that number of players. If we need to make the next step we need a striker in as well.”

Koeman’s concerns elucidate a debacle that the Toffees must fix as soon as possible. To achieve the aforementioned, Everton must spend some more millions in the transfer market before August 31st. Getting one of these five strikers would end the headache for Ronald Koeman.

Raul Jimenez

 

One striker who could be really special for Everton (if they can get him) is Raul Jimenez. The 26-year-old Mexican forward is strong, fast and has the physical prerequisites to succeed in the Premier League. Despite his boasting a scoring record of 24 goals in just over 80 games for Benfica, Jimenez has struggled for playing time and has been reported to favour a move away from Portugal.

The only deal-breaker would be his astronomical price tag. It’s believed that a Chinese Super League side had in January tabled a £45 million bid for the Mexican international which was accepted by the Portuguese club but the striker rejected the move. Hence Benfica is said to be holding out for nothing less than that figure.

Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck

With the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal is now spoiled for options up front. This could mean lesser playing time for some of these forwards. It’s been trending in the rumour mill that Everton is set to raid Arsenal for a new striker. The Blues could find a solution to their headache in Arsene Wenger’s bench. Olivier Giroud is one player who by now should be fed up with life as an impact player at the Emirates. Everton can capitalize.

Danny Welbeck might’ve started ahead of Lacazette against Liverpool at the weekend, but it’s no secret he’ll be watching from the bench for better part of the season if he remains at Arsenal. The Toffees could tempt the Englishman with more playing time if Giroud decides to remain loyal to Wenger.

Diego Costa

Everton could provide an escape route for Diego Costa from Chelsea. Ronald Koeman made no secret his admiration of the Chelsea cast away, and has reiterated that the Spaniard is welcome at Everton. It’s no secret that Costa favours a move to Atletico Madrid. However, since Los Rojiblancos is banned from registering new players till the new year, a loan move to Merseyside pending the lifting of that ban could help the striker keep fit while providing a temporary solution to Everton’s worries in front of goal.

Whatever the case, the Toffees must sign a striker, and they must do so as soon as possible.

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