Everton supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second straight Premier League defeat at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their meeting with in-form Arsenal off the back of going down 3-1 to West Ham in their most recent league encounter, in turn falling to their first defeat under Silva since his appointment as manager during the summer. And the Toffees were unable to bounce back at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a 2-0 victory for Unai Emery’s Gunners, thus seeing Everton slip to 12th place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many despondent Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, with the striking department in particular proving to be something of a concern and frustration among many Toffees fans.
And while Cenk Tosun made the move to Goodison Park back in January, the Turkey international has on the whole struggled to regularly produce the goods for the Toffees, which is why Silva must seek to replace the striker with £9 million-rated Bournemouth ace Josh King (as per Transfermarkt), who they have been linked with in the past, and has tormented Everton at times in recent years.
Ultimately, the Toffees have struggled in the final third of the field ever since selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer of 2017, with manager-at-the-time Ronald Koeman replacing the Belgian with Sandro Ramirez, who went on to net just once last term.
And his successor Sam Allardyce then sought to address the problem by luring Turkey international Tosun to the blue half of Merseyside back in January, and while he started well in netting five times last season, he has looked a shadow of that player this time round.
As such, the doubts have started circling over whether the 27-year-old is indeed able to lead the line in Silva’s team, yet those doubts may not be as apparent with Bournemouth’s King, who has proven his worth to the Cherries in recent times, and always seems to produce the goods against the Toffees having scored four goals and laid on three assists in seven appearances against the Merseysiders – he has not managed more goals against any other side in his career to date.
The Norway international made the move to the Vitality Stadium back in 2015 on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers, and the 26-year-old has since been an absolute revelation in netting 34 goals in 111 games for the South Coast club, 32 of which coming in the Premier League.
And in bagging at least six goals in each of his three seasons in the top-flight, alongside having already netted twice this term for Eddie Howe’s team, it’s clear that King has the capabilities to produce the goods in the Premier League, with the 16 he scored in the 2016/17 campaign hugely impressive.
And with pace and trickery alongside power and strength when on the ball, the 26-year-old has the attributes needed to succeed in the main striker role at Everton, at the same time possessing the goal-scoring instinct to get into the right places in the penalty area.
And with concerns over Tosun’s suitability, as well as the other striking options at Goodison Park, the Toffees must seek to replace the Turkish forward with Bournemouth’s King, who they were linked with in the summer of 2017.
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