Nicholas tells “very poor” Everton what they need to improve

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has suggested that Everton could struggle this season as they do not have enough firepower.

Ronald Koeman has been one of the busiest Premier League managers in the transfer window this summer.

The Merseyside outfit have spent more than £100m on seven new players, who include Davy Klaassen, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney.

The Toffees kicked off their Premier League campaign against Stoke City last Saturday, and it was not the most inspiring of displays.

The team were saved by Wayne Rooney’s winning goal in the dying minutes of the first half at Goodison Park.

Despite Everton splashing the cash on a number of new signings, Nicholas believes that they are still missing an additional threat up front.

The Scotsman told Sky Sports:

“I covered Everton at the weekend and they were very poor. Wayne Rooney was the best player on the pitch by miles – the only player finding his range – and Ronald Koeman’s face was miserable except for when their returning hero scored.

“They started with three at the back and then switched to a four. Three central midfield players and three at the back is just too many defensive players and does not make for exciting viewing.

“Koeman needs to go out and get another centre-forward because Sandro Ramirez needs a partner. They were decent at the back and Jordan Pickford was very good on his debut, making some excellent saves, but Everton have not got many goals in them.”

Meanwhile, Koeman and his players will switch their attention to the Europa League this Thursday when they face Hajduk Split at Goodison for the first leg of their qualifier.