3 strikers Everton should target in the summer to solve their attacking woes
Everton are currently placed 9th in the league, 5 points off 7th-placed Wolves. Marco Silva’s side will be hoping to get into the qualification rounds of the Europa League next season, by hook or crook.
The Toffees have been lacklustre in the attack all season, failing to score goals at a consistent rate. Strikers Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have found it hard to get on the scoresheet, with the duo managing just 6 goals this campaign. Summer signing Richarlison has often played as a number 9 instead of his natural role on the left flank.
An efficient goalscorer up top with the likes of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott in support will push Everton to fight for a top-six spot next season. That said, here are 3 strikers Everton should consider bringing to Goodison Park in the summer.
Wissam Ben Yedder
Wissam Ben Yedder has been excellent since signing for Sevilla from Toulouse in 2016. The Frenchman has hit double figures in each of the last 3 seasons with the club in all competitions. He has 10 goals and 5 assists to his name already in the La Liga this season with 16 games still left to play.
Ben Yedder’s dribbling skills are exquisite and he loves to take on opponents in tight spaces. His speed and decision making in the final third along with his clinical finishing make him a nightmare for opposition defenders.
Sevilla look set to qualify for the Champions League next season and this could be the stumbling block for Everton. The Toffees will have a tough task convincing Ben Yedder to make the jump. Also, the 28-year-old is under contract at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium until 2021, so the Merseysiders will have to come up with a big offer if they are to lure Ben Yedder away to the Premier League.
The former Arsenal striker and World Cup winner will be available for free this summer and Everton should consider signing the Frenchman.
Giroud signed for Arsenal in 2012 from Ligue 1 side Montpellier. He made 253 appearances for the Gunners and scored 105 goals before moving to Chelsea in January 2018. This season, he has scored 5 goals and has supplied 4 assists in 9 starts for the Blues in all competitions.
The Frenchman is a muscular, strong striker, who is dominant in the air and can hold the ball up brilliantly. Giroud was a vital member of the 2018 World Cup-winning French squad in Russia, starting started every game under Didier Deschamps.
Having Giroud would finally give Everton a focal point in attack. The pace of Richarlison and Walcott on either side with Giroud’s aerial presence would certainly make Everton a real attacking threat next season.
Celta Vigo’s Uruguayan striker Maxi Gomez has had a brilliant couple of seasons in La Liga. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals last season and also assisted 4 times. He has continued his form this season and has 9 goals and 5 assists in 18 starts so far.
Gómez is a fierce competitor who uses his size to his advantage. He’s an immense presence in the air and a nightmare for defenders to deal with. His timing of runs to get in behind the opposition defence is brilliant and is a clinical finisher as well.
The Uruguayan’s has already drawn comparisons to fellow countryman Luis Suarez but the22-year-old has a long way to go before he reaches the Barcelona striker’s level.
Gomez has all the attributes to thrive in the Premier League and Everton should move in quick for the Uruguayan before other interested clubs circle for the striker.