Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan believes that Everton’s strikeforce needs replenishing in January – and has hinted that the Toffees should be looking at finding a 20-goal striker such as Aleksandar Mitrovic in the upcoming transfer window.
The Serbian striker is the second tier’s top scorer going into the new year with 18 strikes for Fulham, averaging a goal every 120 minutes as he looks to fire the Whites to promotion for a second time in three years.
However, Whelan has told Football Insider that he would be a fine addition to the Everton team which he believes needs more firepower up top.
Ex-Leeds United forward Whelan said: “One thing that they have to do at Everton is get a goalscorer, get someone that’s going to get you 20 goals a season.
“Mitrovic would be great, he would have been perfect, but it looks like he wants to stay at Fulham.
“They need to look for somebody. You’ve got to have someone who’s hitting 20 a season and being more prolific if they’re going to make that next step. That’s the one thing I think they’re missing, an out-and-out goalscorer at Everton.”
Whelan’s comments may appear harsh on current Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose weekend double at St. James’ Park took his season’s tally into double figures, while his new manager backed him to become one of Europe’s best.
However, eight goals in 18 Premier League games is hardly a prolific return for a striker.
It may be that Calvert-Lewin would get the benefit of the doubt being just 22, with the fact that he is out-performing £50m Richarlison in terms of goals perhaps a sign of Everton’s need for a more proven goalscorer as Whelan suggests.
Mitrovic has consistently shown his capability to score at Fulham, hitting 12 in 20 appearances to help his team through the play-offs in 2017/18 before reaching double figures despite his side struggling in the top flight last term.
His current efforts to return Fulham to the Premier League may diminish Everton’s chances of luring him to Goodison Park, though Whelan nevertheless makes a solid case for Carlo Ancelotti to be sourcing a more trustworthy threat up front next month.
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