Many Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were hugely optimistic ahead of the new season, but their mood has turned somewhat after a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign.
Ronald Koeman’s men spent big during the transfer window to bring the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, and Jordan Pickford to Goodison Park, deals which had some Toffees supporters in the Tavern thinking about a possible assault on the top four.
However, the Merseyside outfit have suffered back-to-back league defeats against Chelsea and Tottenham to underline that they are still some way away from sustaining a challenge to the top sides, and recent comments on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (via The Liverpool Echo) from Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher appears to offer a reason why.
Koeman’s men sold star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United during the summer, which also saw 87 goals and 29 assists exit Goodison Park, 25 goals and six assists of which came last season in their rise to seventh.
And former England defender Carragher feels the striking department is a big issue for the club this season, saying: ‘I think there is definitely a problem at centre forward for Everton, a huge problem.
‘I said that when they signed Sigurdsson, I think he’s a good player but centre forwards are what they needed more than anything.’
Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney both joined the club during the summer in a bid to bolster those forward ranks, but after losing one of the best strikers in the Premier League in Lukaku, it was always going to be a tall order for anyone to come in and replicate those figures.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton spent big over the summer and many were impressed with their summer business, with the likes of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, and Gylfi Sigurdsson all strengthening the ranks at Goodison Park.
Yet for all their good work in terms of incomings, the sale of star striker Romelu Lukaku was always going to throw into doubt their top four chances, as few players have been as prolific and deadly in front of goal as the Belgian in the last few seasons.
And Jamie Carragher acknowledged their striking concerns on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football last night, anxieties which are likely to be shared by many Evertonians up and down the country.
Everton fans… what do you make of Carragher’s comments? Let us know!