Everton fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in recent times following the Toffees’ poor start to the new season.
Ronald Koeman’s men have managed just two wins from their opening seven Premier League games to sit 16th in the division, just two points clear of the bottom three.
And with no win from either of their two Europa League group stage encounters either, the pressure is certainly building on manager Koeman, who faces a crucial few weeks after the current international break to get the Toffees back up near the top half of the division.
One of their most obvious issues this term has been their distinct lack of goals, with the Merseyside outfit managing just four so far in the league, and only nine in their seven games in other competitions, three of which came against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup.
Romelu Lukaku’s departure during the summer is a chief reason for their struggles, but recent quotes from Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud suggests that they did try to land him in the most recent transfer window.
The 31-year-old Frenchman was a bit-part player for much of last season yet still managed 12 league goals for the Gunners, but the arrival of compatriot Alexandre Lacazette over the summer didn’t do his chances of earning regular football this term much good at all.
He was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park, and has admitted recently that it was ‘very close’ to taking place, and as such it is imperative that the Toffees seek to resurrect a deal for the £19.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) in January, as it could go some way to saving their season.
And that’s because, despite the criticism, Giroud is a proven striker at Premier League level, and would be the sort of forward that could get the best out of the plethora of attacking talent at Goodison Park.
Ultimately, Giroud has scored 100 goals in 238 matches for Arsenal since arriving at the Emirates Stadium in 2012, and has managed at least 16 goals in every season at the North London outfit.
And although he has only exceeded 20 goals in a campaign on two occasions under Arsene Wenger, his tally of 70 Premier League goals is particularly impressive, and one that is often overlooked as he maybe isn’t quite the striker that can take Arsenal to the next level.
However, he certainly could take Everton up another notch or two, especially given that the Toffees have the likes of Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson in their ranks now, two very impressive attacking midfielders who can pick a pass and a cross.
And who better to have in the box than Giroud, someone who gives Arsenal a more direct option when things aren’t necessarily going well, and often scores when coming off the bench for the Gunners.
Sigurdsson had a lot of success at Swansea over set pieces and crosses, and having someone like Fernando Llorente to aim at in the box certainly helped him get the assists his play warranted – play which saw Everton shell out big money to bring him to Goodison Park during the summer.
The same could happen with Giroud at Everton. With Sigurdsson and Klaassen, as well as the wing-back options of Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, the 31-year-old would give them a physical outlet, much in the same way Lukaku did.
And with things not working in the striking department presently, it’s a deal the Toffees must look to resurrect in January.
Giroud has yet to start a Premier League game this season, so chances are this season will follow in similar vein to the last one – he could be spending more time on the bench than on the pitch.
That wouldn’t happen at Everton though, and with the Toffees in dire need of attacking reinforcements, it’s a move which could well save their season.
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