Everton supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern during the international break following their side’s poor start to the season.
Ronald Koeman’s men went down 1-0 at home to Burnley last time out to suffer a fourth league defeat in their opening seven matches, leaving the Toffees 16th in the Premier League, and the Dutchman facing increasing pressure to turn things around at Goodison Park.
And with no win in either of their opening two Europa League matches either, several of our resident Evertonians are beginning to lose faith with Koeman, although it’s clear that one of their main issues is scoring goals.
They’ve managed just four so far in the league and nine in their seven games in other competitions, but recent reports suggest that they could be looking to solve their striking crisis in January with a move for Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa.
The 24-year-old has yet to make a Premier League appearance for Craig Shakespeare’s side this season, which follows on from a disappointing debut campaign at the King Power Stadium in which time the Nigeria star bagged just five goals for the Foxes.
And his struggles have reportedly caught the eye of Everton, who are keeping tabs on his progress in case their desire to recall striker Henry Onyekuru in January ends in failure.
And Everton fans need to hope that the young forward is indeed allowed back at Goodison Park earlier than expected, as Musa is certainly not the answer to their current issues.
Ultimately, the 24-year-old has seriously struggled in English football to date at Leicester, and his lowly position in the pecking order exemplifies that – he hasn’t even made a Premier League matchday squad so far this season.
And this comes after a debut campaign in which he scored just two goals in 21 league appearances for the Foxes, and added just two more in their other competitions, both of which coming in the FA Cup.
But the fact that manager Craig Shakespeare isn’t even picking him for the bench underlines just how much he is struggling in England, and how difficult he is finding translating his CSKA Moscow form, with whom he scored 54 goals in 168 matches, into the Premier League.
And what says that he’ll re-discover that form at Goodison Park?
The pressure will be even greater, such is the stature of the club, the expectations of the supporters, and the juggling of European competition, and he’s arguably not the forward Everton really need to get the best out of those just behind him.
Musa is quick and finishes well when in the box, but he’s not going to hold the ball and bring others into play, and he doesn’t have an aerial presence in the box for the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen to aim at.
Sigurdsson developed a great partnership with Fernando Llorente at Swansea last season, and subsequently the two of them kept them in the Premier League – that’s the sort of forward Everton are after.
Ultimately, Musa spent much of his time at CSKA Moscow playing out wide, using his pace to get in behind to score goals and create chances, but as a centre forward, he is not the answer for the Toffees.
He was linked with a move to Hull City back in the summer, which should say it all about why Everton should decide against pursuing a move for the £15.3 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) in the New Year.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!