Last season was a struggle for Everton, as a 16th-placed finish in the Premier League was their lowest since the 2003-04 campaign. The Toffees have conducted a lot of business in the summer transfer window, but they are still missing a clear goal-scoring threat. If Everton is unable to add another striker before the end of this month, the club should be one of the favorites to drop down to the Championship.
Richarlison led the team with 10 league goals last season, but the 25-year-old forward is no longer with the club. Everton sold the Brazilian international to Tottenham Hotspur in a deal worth £60m back in July. Manager Frank Lampard will need others to step up in the final third of the season with Richarlison departing the club.
The first name that comes to mind in a search for goals is Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The English international was expected to start as a striker for Everton, but he injured his knee while training before their game against Chelsea on August 6th. The forward is set to miss the next five weeks, putting Everton in a difficult position to begin the 2022 campaign.
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While Calvert-Lewin may be the solution at striker going forward, his injury history is a major concern. The 25-year-old striker played under 1,300 league minutes last season, scoring five goals in just 15 starts. If Calvert-Lewin is unable to stay healthy once he returns from his knee injury, Everton must start looking at other options for that position.
The only other natural number nine at the club, in terms of senior players at least, is 32-year-old Salomón Rondón. While he may provide physicality and the ability to hold up play, the lack of goals in the Premier League throughout his career should have him as nothing more than a squad player. Rondón scored 11 goals in his lone season with Newcastle United back in 2018-19, his highest tally in the English top division.
If Calvert-Lewin and Rondón are unable to supply enough goals, Everton may need contributions from some of their wide attackers. Demarai Gray, Anthony Gordon, and new-signing Dwight McNeil are the first names that come to mind. Gray and Gordon combined for a total of nine league goals for Everton last season. McNeil scored no goals in 35 starts for Burnley.
Potential options in the transfer market include Che Adams of Southampton and Armando Broja of Chelsea. The club has been linked to each of those strikers in recent weeks. Everton will likely go for a forward they can sign on a loan versus a permanent deal, considering how much money they have spent on new players over the last few years.
Through two league matches against Chelsea and Aston Villa, the only goal Everton scored was a Lucas Digne own goal, who previously played for Everton. Finding the back of the net is going to be the biggest concern for this group, and the board needs to act quickly if they want to resolve the issue in time.
The season may only be in Matchweek two, but Everton is already in quite a difficult position. The club battled relegation for most of the second half of last season, and the team is only slightly improved for the 2022-23 campaign. If Everton can’t add another impactful forward in the market by the end of August, relegation could be on their horizon by the end of the season.