Everton legend Peter Reid has told the Liverpool Echo that the club should have signed Fernando Llorente during the summer transfer window when they discovered that a deal for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud wasn’t going to be possible.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was desperate to bring in a direct replacement for Romelu Lukaku before the end of August with Sandro Ramirez taking time adapt to the Premier League and the side struggling for goals in the early stages of the campaign, but they failed to sign anyone.
Koeman is under pressure with the club currently lying 16th in the top flight standings and having taken just one point from a possible six in their Europa League group despite a big summer of spending, and Reid believes they missed out by not snapping up Llorente.
The tall centre-forward scored 15 goals in 33 Premier League appearances for a struggling Swansea City in his first season in England, and the 32-year-old completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day.
However, the Spaniard has been playing back-up to Harry Kane under Mauricio Pochettino and has played just 17 minutes of Premier League football so far, while Everton are now relying on the previously frozen out Oumar Niasse to find the net.
Reid told the Liverpool Echo: “I think last January, it was common knowledge that Lukaku was going, so I found it strange that they didn’t get a recognised striker in, as hard as it might have been.
“They should have gone and got one in.
“If Giroud wouldn’t come, Fernando Llorente was available and he’d have done for me. Llorente was gettable, so they are out there.”
Everton will look to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at home to Burnley last time out when they face newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.