The Verdict: Is Che Adams the man to solve Everton’s striker shortage?

According to Football Insider, Everton are lining up a £15million bid for Birmingham City striker Che Adams, who has bagged 22 goals and three assists in the Championship this season.

Everton could certainly do with some added firepower for next season; Cenk Tosun has quite simply failed to convince since being brought in by Sam Allardyce, Richarlison is better out wide and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still learning his trade.

So, is the 22-year-old the solution to Everton’s striker shortage? Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below…

Billy Meyers

“If the chance to sign Adams arises for Everton, they have to take it. The Birmingham striker is bullish, hard-working and a deadly finisher, and is also the same age as Calvert-Lewin. One thing that Calvert-Lewin lacks is the knack of scoring consistently, so Adams’ arrival would help the academy graduate’s game develop and would also provide Marco Silva with an immediate answer to his team’s lack of cutting edge.”

James Beavis

“I really like this kid. It might be early days but he seems to have everything and actually reminds me of Troy Deeney in terms of his style. The power and goalscoring ability he has is impressive, but it is his character that perhaps shines through the most. Able to find the net regularly and cause opposition defences plenty of problems with his work rate and strength, it would be a no-brainer for Everton to bring the talented Championship in. He certainly has all of the makings of a future Goodison Park hero.”

Ben Goodwin

“If Everton want to develop a young, homegrown talent instead of going out and finding their number nine with a big marquee signing, then their focus should be on Calvert-Lewin. The youngster does absolutely everything a number nine should do except score goals, but at 22 he is finally starting to show a knack of getting in the right places at the right times, so those goals will surely come as Silva’s players become more and more familiar with his attacking system.”

Jack Saville

“Adams could be an unlikely replacement for Romelu Lukaku. Everton have failed to sign a player of the calibre needed to fill the Belgian’s goal scoring void, and the Toffees will continue to stagnate until they do so. The 22-year-old ticks all the boxes for Marcel Brands and Silva: he is a prolific finisher, naturally strong and quick, English, bursting with potential and an intelligent link-up player. Fans would need to be patient during the transition period from Championship to top-flight football, but he could light up Goodison Park once he’s settled in.”