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Everton: Sky Sports man slams Toffees’ search for new striker

Everton’s scattergun approach to finding a solid striker over recent transfer windows has been highlighted as a major worry by journalist Dan Bardell.

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It has been reported that the Toffees have gone into this January window with their eyes set on providing Frank Lampard with a new man up top to bolster their fight against the drop.

One of the names believed to be on the radar of the Merseyside club is said to be Aston Villa’s Danny Ings who will not be made available for a loan move by Unai Emery’s side.

And it has previously been reported that the Premier League strugglers had scouted two options from the Championship with Ben Brereton Diaz and Viktor Gyokeres identified as possible players to pursue.

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However, having only signed the striker Neal Maupay from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer, Bardell has told Sky Sports News how Everton’s transfer approach would worry him if he was a fan:

(14:25) “They signed Maupay and if I’m an Everton fan and I’m looking at you only signed a striker to compete with Calvert-Lewin in August, and you’re already looking for another striker. That would worry me because again it just shows the transfer approach is scattergun and it’s all over the place.”

No faith

Everton’s issues have stemmed mainly from the injury issues sustained by Dominic Calvert-Lewin over the last year with the striker regularly missing through injury.

The 25-year-old has only made eight appearances with just six starts this season as a result of a knee injury and he has not been able to hit the ground running with a return of just one goal (via Transfermarkt).

Since the beginning of last season, Calvert-Lewin has missed 25 games which perhaps makes it no coincidence that Everton have battled relegation both last season and continue to do so thus far in the 2022/23 campaign.

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Given the Toffees struggled so desperately last season through Calvert-Lewin’s absence, they opted to bring in Maupay in a deal believed to be worth £15m.

However, the Frenchman has not exactly provided much of a return this season with just one goal to his name in the Premier League across the 13 appearances he has made.

And this has to be the key to Bardell’s comments with the journalist clearly concerned by Everton’s continuous search for a striker despite bringing in a £15m addition over the summer.

And when you consider they are the Premier League’s fifth-lowest scoring side, it does seem as if they will have to act this month to avoid potentially being relegated to the Championship.