Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at Goodison Park following the appointment of Marco Silva as the new Toffees manager last month.
The Portuguese had been out of work since losing his job at Watford back in January, with the Hornets firmly laying the blame at the feet of Everton for their advances for the 40-year-old following their decision to part with Ronald Koeman. Regardless, the Merseysiders now have their man after relieving Sam Allardyce of his duties at the end of last season, this despite leading the Toffees to an eighth place finish in the Premier League table.
As such, there are many optimistic and expectant Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested by recent reports suggesting that Liverpool want just £15 million for striker Daniel Sturridge.
And given his prolific goal-scoring record in the Premier League, alongside Everton’s struggle for goals last season, the Toffees must seek to make a controversial move for the 26-times England international, in what would be the first direct transfer between the Merseyside rivals since Abel Xavier moved from Goodison Park to Anfield back in 2002.
Ultimately, the Toffees endured a testing campaign last time round to fall well short of their pre-season expectations, with goals an obvious problem throughout the campaign given only Wayne Rooney made it into double figures.
In fact, the former England captain pretty much carried the Merseysiders through the first half of the season, and while Cenk Tosun made the move in January and looked to get better the more he played in the Premier League, there are still some concerns over whether he is the man to score the goals needed to take Silva’s side into top six contention.
And with the other options in Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Sandro Ramirez also unconvincing over the course of the 2018/19 season, it’s clear that new boss Silva must bolster his attacking ranks – Sturridge could be the man to do just that.
Clearly, the 28-year-old has struggled for regular minutes at Liverpool pretty much ever since Jurgen Klopp took over back in October 2015, yet the forward still retains an impressive goal-scoring record at top-flight level having scored 75 goals in 200 appearances.
And having scored goals at every club he has been at, right from Manchester City through to Liverpool, there’s no reason why the Englishman wouldn’t do so at Everton, with injuries the only thing preventing him from being considered among the division’s elite strikers.
But for just £15 million, it would be an absolute bargain, as a fully fit Sturridge would easily and quickly pay that money back, and could well help inspire the Toffees towards the European places this season.
Thus, given the reasonably low asking price, Everton should take a punt on the 28-year-old this summer, as they could well reap the rewards from such investment in the coming campaign.
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