Other than Cenk Tosun, Everton’s striker options are quite underwhelming.
Oumar Niasse can go from world-beater to clumsy centre-forward in the space of a week, Sandro Ramirez has been a disappointment since joining the club last summer, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goals per game ratio isn’t the best.
Walcott is another possible striker alternative for Tosun, although he looks set to play the remainder of his career at this level out wide. Wayne Rooney’s imminent departure to MLS side DC United, as reported by the Daily Mail, means Everton could be one long-term injury up front away from finding themselves in serious trouble.
With all of that in mind, most Everton supporters will be expecting Marco Silva and Director of Football Marcel Brands to enter the transfer market for a new frontman. And one name that is currently being touted is Valencia man Rodrigo, who is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt.
According to CalcioMercato, Everton are leading the race for the Spain international, who would add some much needed firepower to the Toffees’ frontline.
Rodrigo hasn’t always had the most prolific of seasons, but in Valencia’s most recent La Liga campaign, he was able to score 16 goals in 37 games. Rodrigo’s rich vein of form in front of goal has seen him called up to Spain’s World Cup squad ahead of the likes of Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata and Barcelona man Paco Alcacer.
If Silva is looking to make additions to his squad up front, then Rodrigo should be at the top of his list.