One of the most notable transfers of the entire window in the Premier League was Brazilian forward Richarlison’s £60m move to Tottenham Hotspur, leaving Everton with a weakened attacking arsenal ahead of the new season.
Indeed, the powers at Goodison Park attempted to replace the talented goal machine by signing Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil but were unable to secure a deal for a prolific finisher before the transfer window slammed shut on September 1st.
Despite Richarlison’s exit, Everton are in a much better position this season than they found themselves towards the end of the last campaign, although they are still struggling to consistently find the back of the net in the Premier League.
Only Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth have scored fewer goals than the Toffees this season so far, so there is definitely still an opportunity to strengthen the forward line.
Whilst Frank Lampard may be scouring the upcoming transfer market for attacking players who can make a positive impact on the attacking threat in the team, the manager could potentially save millions by unearthing a homegrown talent to replace Richarlison’s goal contributions instead.
Francis Okoronkwo completed a move from Sunderland to Everton back in 2021, signing a professional contract with the Toffees just days after his 17th birthday, and the player Craig Hope dubbed a “talent” has been impressing ever since.
Just like Richarlison, the 18-year-old Blyth-born forward is comfortable and capable of providing goal contributions in both the centre-forward position and on the left flank – with this trait being on display during his time with both the U18 and U21 teams.
Okoronkwo has scored eight goals and delivered three assists over 27 appearances across the two youth teams – averaging a goal contribution every 141 minutes – and most recently bagged the second in the U21s’ clash with Hertha Berlin earlier this week.
With that being said, the future is looking bright for Okoronkwo and if he continues to flourish in the youth teams, he should begin to catch Lampard’s eye in no time at all, potentially becoming the Richarlison heir Everton so desperately need.