Everton must sign Moussa Dembele in January to get out of trouble

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In recent reports from Football Insider, Everton are set to make a January move for current Lyon striker Moussa Dembele now the club have dropped into the relegation zone after just eight games.

What’s happened this season?

The Toffees have been woeful in front of goal this term, with the club scoring just six times in the Premier League – the third-lowest across the competition. On the forward line, Marco Silva has been left red-faced as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, and Bernard remain the only players to hit the back of the net in the Premier League so far.

Other forwards such as Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun have more than struggled in recent times, whilst summer signing Moise Kean has not even looked like scoring, averaging just 1.1 shots per game in the league for his new side.

Despite Kean scoring six times in 13 Serie A games for Juventus during the previous campaign, expecting a 19-year-old to copy his form from a championship-winning side with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, to Everton, was a long shot. And whilst he may come good, they can no longer wait for this to happen, with an early relegation scrap their main concern now.

Elsewhere, it is important to also remember that whilst Calvert-Lewin may have two goals so far in the league, the 23-year-old has an alarming 21 goals in 102 appearances for the Toffees in total, which translates to a goals per game ratio of just 0.2.

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Is Dembele the answer?

Everton need a goalscorer, and the 6-foot Frenchman has continued to smash in the goals back in his homeland having left Scotland with 51 goals in 94 appearances for Celtic. This season alone, the former Fulham man has netted six times in eight games in Ligue 1, putting him joint-second in the race for Golden Boot.

In the last campaign, Dembele bagged an impressive 15 league goals over 33 games for Lyon, in what was his debut season at the club. As time goes on and as he continues to grow as a central striker, it seems that the ex-Celtic man is only going to improve.

In today’s transfer climate, a move for a prolific 23-year-old striker would be far from cheap, considering Ayoze Perez joined Leicester City for £30m having only scored 20 league goals in 78 games for Newcastle over two years.

There is also the matter that Dembele is playing Champions League football with Lyon, which may force the Toffees to throw in a little more cash than usual to prize him away. But whatever the price tag, Marcel Brands should seriously consider this French star to bring them out of the drop zone.

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