Everton were in desperate need to strengthen their squad this summer following a difficult relegation scrap at the bottom of the Premier League table last season and although they made eight new signings, they didn’t make one particular move that could’ve had a huge impact on their current campaign.
The Toffees were still looking to sign a striker on Deadline Day after signing Neal Maupay last week, with The Mirror’s David Maddock confirming that the club were in “talks” yesterday:
“Two deals done for Everton – Gana Gueye and James Garner, paperwork being processed and announced imminently.”
“Still talks with 2 separate clubs over possible striker signing…Lampard hopes to bring 1 in before deadline.”
“#EFC also turned down late Chelsea offer for Gordon.”
Farhad Moshiri is renowned for his reckless transfer decisions, but instead of making a large number of unnecessary transfers this summer, he could be making a poor decision at the opposite end of the spectrum by not pushing enough to secure that important striker signing.
Everton were linked in the final hours of the transfer window with Blackburn Rover’s striker Ben Brereton Diaz but eventually did not table an offer big enough to secure his signature at the last moment, so the intention was there from the club but not enough effort was put behind it to really push a deal through.
With Richarlison making a move to Tottenham Hotspur and Dominic Calvert-Lewin currently out with a hamstring injury, in terms of experience in the Toffees’ forward line, Frank Lampard is limited in his selection but will be relieved that Anthony Gordon didn’t leave the club for a move to Chelsea.
It means that the Everton boss will now need to rely on new signing Neal Maupay to make up for the contributions lost due to Richarlison’s exit and Calvert-Lewin’s current injury issues, which is a lot of pressure for the former Brighton and Hove Albion striker especially when Everton remain winless in the Premier League.
With that being said, Lampard must now move forward and work with the squad to establish the very best way to deploy his team effectively because Everton could be looking on course for another difficult season if they don’t start picking up some three-point results very soon.