Everton’s season has been nothing short of disastrous, with the Toffees once again poised to struggle at the foot of the table.
Despite this, and their current position of joint-bottom, the hierarchy are yet to put their hands in their pockets to try and pay their way out of this mess. It is clearly a squad lacking the quality to stay up, and yet with nearly a third of a window done, there has been little indication of any concrete rumours.
As the division’s second-lowest scorers, up front is the role that certainly needs filling.
They need someone through the door immediately, if at the very least to offer Dominic Calvert-Lewin some much-needed competition for his striker spot.
An alternative that they now seem to be scrambling for is Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, who saw rumours emerge about his future in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The Frenchman has just six months left on his £69k-per-week deal, and as such has caught the eye as a potential cut-price option for the financially restricted Blues.
It must be said that, should they complete this deal, it would represent an immense coup for a club currently in disarray despite his poor form this season.
With just two goals to his name this season, it may seem like the 26-year-old is hardly the answer to their long-standing issues in front of goal.
Because of this impressive scoring run, Dembele actually ranks in the top 5% for non-penalty goals when compared to other strikers in Europe’s top five leagues.
What stands as a further testament to his ability is the wide array of talent he is likened to on FBref’s ‘similar players‘ model. The list boasts Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Victor Osimhen and Olivier Giroud.
With quality to rival many of these, the former Celtic man certainly would provide a fine alternative to the English striker currently starting at Goodison Park.
Brendan Rodgers once lauded all the qualities that would surely make him a success in England, as he claimed: “Moussa was everything with his power and pace.” The now-Leicester City boss continued: “His opponent at centre-back was strong but Moussa is so powerful with ability, touch and work rate.”
He would push Calvert-Lewin to his limits, likely usurping him if his quality shines through, but hopefully inspiring a fire in the English forward’s belly to rediscover himself.
That said, the deal would spur at least one of them to get the goals that will secure safety.