Everton fans have been very quiet in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s poor start to the season.
The Merseyside outfit have won just two of their opening seven Premier League matches despite spending over £100 million during the summer, and alongside no wins in their first two Europa League group games as well, manager Ronald Koeman is under pressure to turn things around at Goodison Park.
Part of their problem has been scoring goals, having bagged just four times in the league thus far, and it’s their striking crisis which club legend Peter Reid has recently commented on via The Liverpool Echo.
The 61-year-old moved to Everton back in 1982 after a long association with Bolton Wanderers, and continued to make a name for himself on Merseyside with over 150 appearances for the Toffees, in which time he helped them win the First Division in 1985 and 1987, as well as the FA Cup in 1984.
And the former Sunderland boss reckons that their need for a striker was evident all the way back in January, and that they should have targeted a move for now-Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente.
He said: ‘I think last January, it was common knowledge that Lukaku was going.
‘They should have gone and got one in. If Giroud wouldn’t come, Fernando Llorente was available and he’d have done for me.
‘Llorente was gettable, so they are out there.’
Spain international Llorente secured a late move to Spurs in the summer window after scoring 15 goals in 33 games for Swansea City last season, with he and now-Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson playing an integral part in keeping the Swans in the Premier League.
And with the £5.4 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) currently struggling to dispose Harry Kane in the Spurs first team, alongside Everton’s struggle for goals, it looks like the Toffees have certainly missed a trick.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s inability to replace striker Romelu Lukaku during the summer looks set to cost them big time in the Premier League this season.
And club legend Peter Reid reckons that his departure was inevitable back in January and thus they should have been on the case looking for a replacement, with Fernando Llorente one he identified.
The 32-year-old moved to Tottenham late in the summer window but isn’t going to regularly dispose Harry Kane of a starting role, and as such Toffees boss Ronald Koeman and the club’s hierarchy must be looking at that as an opportunity missed.
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