It’s obvious to see Everton are missing an out-and-out striker, and with the Daily Star claiming Chelsea are after their top scorer Richarlison the situation could be about to get worse.
The Brazilian has 11 goals so far this season, closely followed by Gylfi Sigurdsson on 10, and the issue is neither of these are front men, nevermind an adequate replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Instead of spending the £76 million Everton received for Lukaku on a great striker, they sought to spread the money over multiple signings, some of which have been successful and some certainly haven’t.
Sigurdsson, Pickford, Keane and Walcott can all be considered a success to varying extents, however it’s the striker role where the Lukaku money was certainly wasted. Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse simply weren’t good enough, and over the last two seasons, it’s shown.
So here’s three options Everton must consider in the summer.
The 22-year-old has impressed over the last three seasons since singing for RB Leipzig from Hannover in 2016. He scored 21 goals in each of his side’s last two seasons and has netted 11 so far this campaign, so he could be the finisher that Everton need to climb back into the European places.
Werner didn’t impress during Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign in the summer, but eight goals in 19 for Joachim Low’s team isn’t too shabby at all. The price will be high for such a promising young talent, but the Richarlison money, should he leave, may make a deal possible.
Now 30-years-old Troy Deeney would be a cheaper, and also a Premier League proven, option for Marco Silva, who knows the Watford striker well from his time at the club. It seems Deeney has a lower ceiling than Werner and that would avoid the forward using Everton as a stepping stone to a more successful club as Lukaku did.
Similar to the United forward, Deeney is a physical presence and can hold the ball up well in duels against the Premier League’s top defenders. Deeney could become the lynchpin for Sigurdsson and Everton’s wide men to play off and create far more chances than they are at the moment.
Timo Werner’s teammate Jean-Kevin Augustin is on Everton’s radar according to France Football via Sport Witness who believe him to be valued at £40m. He’s scored eight in 27 so far this season and provides more of a physical presence than Werner, while he’s also nine years younger than Deeney at 21.
The ex-PSG man is yet to make his senior international debut for France, but he’s appeared at under-21 level and below.
Which striker do you think Everton should sign?