Newcastle fans have had something of a rough time of things this season – they have seen their side struggle to finish off the opposition, struggle to pick up the wins and all the while without the safety of knowing that their popular manager will be at the club for a great deal longer. With rumours surrounding the future of Rafa Benitez refusing to go away, the players have, at times, seemed unable to muster what was needed to get the job done. The quality in the squad can not be disregarded, but this has not always lent itself to fluent performances. As a result, when the Toon Army saw their heroes fall two goals down at home to Everton on Saturday, they could have been forgiven for expecting the worst.
As Marco Silva progressed through his press conference on Friday, a predictable question arose. The focus was on Richarlison could be the answer to Everton’s striker problem.
Of all the problems that the Portuguese boss is looking to fix at Goodison Park this season, their goalscoring issues are chief among them. Particularly the issue they currently have with their strikers. To say Everton’s centre-forward options have been lacking would be understating the problem.
Cenk Tosun is yet to score this season and is lacking in confidence. Oumar Niasse is full of running but lacks quality. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a promising youngster but lacks a cutting edge. Continue reading
One thing that can’t be levelled at Everton’s owners is the lack of backing for their most recent managers.
Ronald Koeman’s reign may have been ill-fated, but he was given funds in the transfer market to secure his targets.
Ditto Marca Silva.
Richarlison (£35m), Yerry Mina (£27m), Lucas Digne (£18m) and loan fees totalling almost £10m for Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes, bring the Toffees’ spend to somewhere in the region of £90m. Continue reading
Sitting in Sky Sports studio a week ago, former Everton manager David Moyes made an interesting claim. It was the Scot’s belief that his Everton team had been a striker away from being Premier League title contenders.
Five years, three managers and major investment later and the striker problem is one that continues to haunt the Toffees. After selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United a year ago, the Blues are still lacking when it comes to strikers.
The Belgian international was a player who received a mixed reception at Goodison Park. While many questioned his hold up play or first touch they could not deny he knew how to put the ball in the back of the net. Continue reading
The Premier League train continued rolling in to the festive period with the latest round of matches, as we saw Big Sam Allardyce take charge of Everton for the first time, Man United beating Arsenal in north London and Man City leaving it late against West Ham. With that said, let’s see which strikers did the best job for their club over the past weekend.