The Toffees have found themselves occupying a place in the bottom three in 18th, a return of just 15 points from a possible 54 in their first 18 top-flight games setting them up for another relegation struggle over the second half of the season.
Frank Lampard will certainly be feeling the pressure on his position at Goodison Park as the Merseysiders’ nightmarish campaign continued by getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United on Friday night.
As a result, making the right signings in January could be crucial for the remainder of Everton’s season and could save Lampard’s job at the club if he can acquire players who can come in and make an instant impact to improve performances to collect the points needed to retain their top-flight status.
One player who has been linked with a move to Merseyside this week is Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani, who has been capturing the attention of a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea.
The 24-year-old World Cup finalist – who was dubbed a “top-class talent” by journalist Zach Lowry – has been impressive for both club and country, with an impressive output in the Bundesliga so far this season.
Across 14 league appearances, the Frenchman has scored five goals, delivered nine assists and created six big chances, along with averaging two successful dribbles, 1.4 key passes, two shots on goal and 5.7 duels won per game, proving that he is a real threat in the final third.
Lampard could even land his very own Alexander Isak for Everton, as the Newcastle United centre-forward is named as one of the most comparable players to Kolo Muani over the last 12 months according to FBref.
The two strikers shared many similarities in their output over last season, including shots on target percentage (48.1% v 46.5%), shot-creating actions per 90 minutes (2.50 v 2.61), dribble success rate (50% v 50%) and blocks made (14 v 14).
With that in mind, it would be a no-brainer to sign Kolo Muani this month, as his form in front of goal could be the catalyst to improving the goal contributions in Lampard’s team and ultimately saving Everton’s troubling campaign.