With January fast approaching, managers across the Premier League will be thinking about what they need going into the second half of the season, and none more so than Everton boss Marco Silva.
The Toffees went on a large recruitment drive in the last transfer window when they brought in Richarlison, Lucas Digne, Bernard, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma — all of whom are quality additions.
However, one area the Merseyside club did not strengthen is up front, something that Silva is likely to regret and will probably try and correct in a few months time.
And if he does, then he must convince his superiors to launch an all-out assault on AS Roma’s Edin Dzeko.
The former Manchester City striker recently left the door open for a Premier League return (via Sky Sports), and that is something that should interest Everton.
Even if Silva can get his first-choice striker Cenk Tosun firing, the Turkey international alone is not enough if Everton wish to reduce the gap between themselves and the Premier League top six.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse are, of course, Silva’s other options for the No.9 position. But the duo, alongside Tosun, pale in comparison to Dzeko who has become quite the goalscorer since leaving Manchester City for Roma back in 2015.
In the 2016/17 Serie A season, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored 29 goals in 37 appearances while the following campaign he was again in top form with his incredible volley against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League epitomising how deadly he is inside the box.
It is that sort of proficiency in front of goal Everton need if they ever want to be taken seriously.
At 32 years of age, from the board’s perspective, it may not be the wisest of investments in the long run.
That being said, with Dzeko’s game never being built around pace, he is the sort of No.9 that can still be effective in his mid-thirties. His ability to hold up the ball and bring others into play is not something he will lose as he gets older.
It may seem like a long shot but, if there is any further indication from Dzeko that he wants one more stint in the Premier League, then Everton must put themselves in the front of the queue come January.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!