Everton are in an unstable situation yet again in the Premier League after enduring a difficult relegation scrap last season and Frank Lampard will certainly be feeling the pressure ahead of the Southampton clash this weekend, as another defeat could be the final nail in the coffin for the manager.
The Toffees are currently 18th in the league table after tallying up the third-fewest goals over their first 18 outings, so taking all three points from their next game will be crucial in their chances to gain points on their relegation rivals and climb out of the bottom three as soon as possible.
Indeed, there are still 20 fixtures and 60 points available to collect for Everton over the remainder of the season and utilising the golden opportunity to strengthen their attacking threat over the rest of this month is crucial. Indeed, they are truly in need of a consistent and reliable goal-scorer who can kill games and trouble opponents during the second half of the season, perhaps someone in the mould of Romelu Lukaku?
One player who has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park is Coventry City striker Viktor Gyokeres and if the talented goal machine can emulate his Championship form this season so far in the Premier League he would be a huge asset to Lampard going into their challenging push for survival.
Over 25 league appearances, the Swedish striker has scored 12 goals, registered one assist and created three big chances, whilst averaging 1.7 successful dribbles and taking 1.4 shots on target, proving himself to be a ruthless offensive threat.
Also possessing a supreme dose of physicality, having won 5.6 duels per game, that Lukaku comparison may well ring true as Lampard goes in search of finally bringing a new version of the Belgian forward to Goodison.
Words from Coventry manager Mark Robins is perhaps the finest indication yet of his Lukaku-like abilities, combining finishing prowess with athletic qualities. Indeed, he once said:
“He’s not the finished article by any stretch of the imagination but he has some unbelievable ability – power, technique. He has got everything in his locker and that desire and hunger to score goals.”
Standing at 6 foot 2, Gyokeres is a similar height to Lukaku who stands at a slightly taller frame of 6 foot 3. With that in mind, it’s clear that not only do they share many similarities in their style of play, but they are also built comparably.
The duo are incredibly prolific, use their height to their advantage and utilise their physicality to push opponents away in dangerous positions in order to score.
With that being said, the signing of Gyokeres would be a major addition for the Toffees if they could secure his services over the next few weeks. Providing he could bring his desire for goals and follow in the footsteps of Lukaku at Goodison Park it would give the club their best chance of survival this season.