Michael Ball insists that Everton need to sign a striker this summer to provide back-up to Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The England international remains the first choice at Goodison Park and scored in their first fixture of the season at the weekend, as the Toffees beat Southampton 3-1.
Everton have yet to spend big money this summer, bringing in Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic on free transfers, and splashing just under £2m to sign Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen.
Calvert-Lewin was comfortably Everton’s top goalscorer last season, scoring 16 goals in the league.
And Ball insists that the club need to bring in some support for Calvert-Lewin in this transfer window if they are to achieve their aims under new manager Rafael Benitez.
He said: “We do need reinforcements up front. Last season showed that DCL was the number one but when he was out of the side, we struggled, we didn’t have a replacement; Moise Kean was out on loan.
“It’s an area we need to strengthen, our competition in that area.”