Everton supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their team suffer a second straight Premier League defeat at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with resurgent Arsenal off the back of a 3-1 loss at home to West Ham last time out, in turn falling to their first defeat under Silva following his appointment during the summer. And the Toffees were unable to bounce back in North London on Sunday as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a 2-0 success for the Gunners, thus prompting Everton’s fall to 12th place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Toffees fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are growing increasingly concerned by the club’s glaring need for a striker, with Cenk Tosun simply not producing the goods at present.
And while many may be prompted to delve into the transfer window when it reopens in January, Silva needs to address the problem now, and could well have the answer already at Goodison Park in the form of Theo Walcott.
The 29-year-old made the move to Merseyside back in January of this year after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal, and has been used chiefly so far by Silva and former boss Sam Allardyce as a wide man, netting five goals and laying on four assists to suggest that he’s proving his worth in that position.
Yet the England international has spoken in the past of his desire to play in a more central and advanced position at the top of the pitch, and given the pace he possesses to run in behind opposition backlines, and thus give the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison someone to look for in front of them, he could be used there for Everton.
Ultimately, things just simply aren’t happening for striker Tosun at present having failed to net at all so far this season, and in missing three opportunities against West Ham the other week, at least two of which he should have done better with, it seems that he is not the answer to their woes.
And while the Turkey international has a greater aerial presence than Walcott and may well hold the ball up better than the Englishman, the latter has supreme pace to make intelligent runs in behind, and with the very talented playmaker Sigurdsson just behind him, the Toffees could reap the rewards.
After all, as per Transfermarkt, Walcott has scored 14 goals and laid on eight assists from 26 club appearances in a centre forward role which, when compared to his average of a goal every 2.7 games down the right-hand-side, suggests that he could do a job in Silva’s team.
Thus, while the transfer window is still some way away, the answer to their glaring striker problem could already be at Goodison Park in the form of 29-year-old Walcott.
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