Dominic Calvert-Lewin may have become the first Everton player since 2017 to score 20 goals in one campaign last weekend but that isn’t stopping Carlo Ancelotti from targeting a new striker.
This has all emerged in a week where their top scorer, Calvert-Lewin, was linked with a mega £80m move to Manchester United.
Irrespective of whether he leaves the Toffees could do with some more firepower, especially if they qualify for Europe.
More games mean a larger squad is required and they won’t be able to rely on Calvert-Lewin across potentially 50+ matches.
The aforementioned targets would all be adequate acquisitions but none would be better than a certain Sergio Aguero.
The Manchester City legend is set to wind down his career at the Etihad when his contract comes to an end this summer and Everton are one of his potential destinations.
Aguero is now 32 years of age but if you consider everything he’s done in the English game, he’d be a marvellous signing at Goodison Park. In fact, Ancelotti could take this Everton side to a brand new level by luring the Argentine to Merseyside in a few months time.
The striker is one of the best players we’ve ever seen in the Premier League and has scored 258 goals in 386 outings for City. He is the club’s record scorer and after he netted against Crystal Palace on Saturday, he put his side within reach of a fifth Premier League crown; all of which have come with Aguero in the team.
After his goal at Selhurst Park a few days ago, Pep Guardiola commented: “He’s an absolutely top legend, extraordinary player, behaving as the most humble and nicest human being and it’s not easy to find that. That’s why I love him as a man.”
The Spaniard has always been the first to hail the £240k-per-week earner. Following the announcement that he’d leave City, Guardiola said: “Aguero’s numbers speak for themselves… Maradona, an Argentine, conquered Italy. Messi, another Argentine, conquered Spain. And Agüero has conquered England. His numbers speak for themselves.”
To be mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona says it all.
Of course, it is easy to look at his injury history in the last few years as a concern. Aguero missed 24 matches last term because of muscle and knee problems while he’s been absent for 17 games through injury and illness in 2020/21.
That said, if the opportunity to sign a player like Aguero comes around, it cannot be passed up.
Ancelotti has already worked with some of the best players in world football throughout his career and his appeal could convince the veteran to head to Goodison this summer.
If he does arrive, it will be a landmark addition, a player with the devastating finishing abilities required to potentially take Everton closer to the big and greedy six.