Everton supporters finally had something to cheer about in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing their side end their poor run of form.
Ronald Koeman’s men were stuck in a rut having lost each of their preceding four matches prior to AFC Bournemouth’s visit on Saturday, and that looked set to become five when Josh King gave the Cherries the lead four minutes into the second half.
However, a brace from substitute Oumar Niasse secured the Toffees a much-needed three points at Goodison Park to move Koeman’s side out of the bottom three, and somewhat ease the pressure on the Dutchman ahead of their Europa League clash with Apollon Limassol on Thursday.
Niasse’s goals saw him become only the second player, behind Wayne Rooney, to net for Everton in the Premier League this season, thus highlighting their goal-scoring woes and the need to bolster those ranks when January comes around.
And one man they’ve been linked with in recent times is Atletico Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro, who has struggled for gametime in the Spanish capital this season despite impressing for Diego Simeone’s men last time out.
The 30-year-old bagged 16 goals in all competitions for the La Liga outfit last term but has managed just 27 minutes of league action so far this time round, and with Diego Costa arriving in January, the France international doesn’t look like getting much regular first team football.
And that’s because the Frenchman would certainly bolster their flagging striking ranks, and indeed could be the sort of signing that takes them to the next level.
Ultimately, the Toffees were always going to struggle this term given they sold star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United over the summer, thus seeing a staggering 87 goals make the move across the North West as well.
And when you replace him with just Rooney, who hasn’t exceeded 20 goals in a season since 2012, and Sandro Ramirez, who has had one good season in his career, it’s no surprise that they are searching for answers upfront.
Niasse gives them another option, having come off the bench to net twice at the weekend, but they need another proven goal-scorer like Gameiro to really give them an outlet, one that the likes of Gyfli Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen can look for in the box.
And the Atletico Madrid forward can do that.
The 30-year-old has reached double figures in all but one of his last nine full seasons at club level, and the last few years has seen him reintegrated into the France squad to underline his excellent exploits for the likes of Atletico and Sevilla.
Gameiro is a fantastic finisher but is also adept at holding the ball up and bringing other players into play, while seven assists for Atletico last term demonstrates an ability to create opportunities as well as finish them off.
And that is exactly the sort of player Everton are in need of.
The creativity is there in the likes of Sigurdsson, Klaassen, and Kevin Mirallas to name but a few – they now need somebody to aim at.
Everton’s transfer policy was questioned during the summer and somewhat criticised since, given the lack of attention to the top end of the pitch following Lukaku’s departure, yet landing Gameiro in January would go some way to proving those doubters wrong.
Thus, it’s a deal they must look to get done if they are serious about challenging the top six in the years to come.
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