While the last summer transfer window was a good one for Everton, supporters would not have been completely satisfied after the club failed to bring in a new centre-forward.
And the upcoming market could follow a similar theme with director of football Marcel Brands not ruling out the possibility of a No.9 not being signed.
“I think we have a good squad and I am aware that the fans are asking if we can find a new striker who can score 20 goals,” Brands was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“I think we are a very, very lucky club in England that we have three players with great potential who are just 21-years-old. We have Dominic [Calvert-Lewin], we have Richarlison and we have Ademola [Lookman]. And if I bring in a new player, a huge striker or a name, should I destroy one of them? It is also my goal to protect those boys.”
The above is certainly a fair point made by Brands, especially when considering the form of Calvert-Lewin in recent weeks.
However, for a club that aspires to be a Champions League outfit, not investing in a No.9 who has the potential to score 20 goals a season is bizarre.
Perhaps Brands and Everton are taking inspiration from a side such as Tottenham, who adopted the same approach with Harry Kane and are now reaping the rewards.
A previous spending spree by the north London club that went horribly wrong is also an example of splashing the cash not always being the answer.
Yet in this case, it is probably something the Goodison Park faithful want to see after a pretty underwhelming campaign where Marco Silva has bee without a consistent No.9.
Everton fans, do you still want to see a new striker brought in after Brands’ comments? Join the discussion by commenting below.