Even though some Premier League teams have played more games than Everton at this point of the season, the Merseyside club have still managed to score fewer goals than the likes of Aston Villa and Crystal Palace among others.
This could be down to the fact that the Toffees have had to make do without star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for most of the season thanks to a toe fracture he suffered in the early stages of the campaign after scoring 16 goals in 33 league games last season.
Now that he has made his return to action during Everton’s recent 3-2 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion, he could turn the team’s fortunes around if he’s able to stay fit and score goals on a regular basis from now until the end of the season.
In addition to Calvert-Lewin’s presence, with there still being some weeks left until the January transfer window closes, the Merseyside club could look to bring one player in that could help push the team forward and potentially create a deadly attacking duo with the England international.
Having been linked with a transfer move for Juventus winger Dejan Kulusevski in recent weeks, he could be Benitez’s answer to reinvigorate his squad at Goodison Park and end the season on a much-needed high note.
Whilst predominantly being a right-winger, the 21-year-old has played in a range of midfield and attacking positions across the pitch in his career so far, scoring a total of 53 goals and providing 45 assists in his career so far at senior and youth level according to Transfermarkt.
That shows how capable he is in front of goal and how he could complement Calvert-Lewin in the centre-forward position due to his clear versatility.
With the Merseyside club hindered by FFP rules, this could impact a potential swoop for the £27m-rated star, who has been labelled as a “champion” in terms of his mentality by former Juvsutis manager Andrea Pirlo.
However, if they manage to pick up a big enough transfer fee for the potentially departing full-back Lucas Digne, this could theoretically give Everton the leeway to start being active in the transfer market again.
If Everton aren’t able to launch a move for Kulusevski this month, they should definitely keep an eye on him for the next summer window if he’s still at Juventus and their financial situation improves.