Everton should make an ambitious swoop for Belgium’s Dries Mertens

Everton have plenty of things to feel positive about this season, but Marco Silva’s side have struggled to make a significant impact up front.

Most of their goals have come from the midfield or wide areas due to the lacklustre efforts of Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse.

In fact, to solve the issue, Silva has trusted winger Richarlison with the goal burden.

Perhaps, though, the Toffees should try to dip into the January transfer market and one man who they should target in an ambitious swoop is Napoli attacker Dries Mertens.

The Belgium international has been at the Italian club since 2013, and this season he has struck seven goals in 12 Serie A outings, but he has only started six of them.

On Sunday, the forward played the full 90 minutes of Belgium’s Nations League match against Switzerland, which ended in disappointment as their opponents came from 2-0 down to win 5-2.

Dries Mertens stats v Switzerland

Mertens failed to find the back of the net in an attack that included Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan, who scored both of the Red Devils’ goals.

He was, though, heavily involved in Belgium’s attacking moves and he made more key passes than any of his teammates.

Mertens tried to make things work by delivering balls into the box, but it was not to be as Roberto Martinez’s side settled for defeat.

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The Belgian may not be an out-and-out goalscorer, but he has the ability to pose a threat for Everton.

Whether or not the Toffees would be able to get a deal over the line remains to be seen, but he should be on their radar.