Exclusive: Tony Cottee doesn’t think Everton should spend big on a striker

In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast on behalf of the London Football Awards, Tony Cottee has discouraged the idea of Everton spending big on another striker.

Cottee, who was at the Toffees for two years during his playing days, was discussing the struggles of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Moise Kean and Cenk Tosun, with Richarlison being used as a central striker in Everton’s last two games due to their shortcomings this campaign.

The club’s situation in attack has seen them in the bottom half in terms of goals scored, while they are also hovering just above the relegation zone after losing to Brighton on Saturday.

However, Cottee is wary of seeing Everton throw more money at this problem area after they forked out £29m on Kean, who is currently goalless in the Premier League, during the summer: “Well, they’ve spent a lot of money so far, that’s the thing. So, hopefully the answer’s at the club already, but I think Marco Silva is searching.”

Speaking before the loss against Brighton & Hove Albion, he indicated that the Portuguese manager may not actually have to look that far for the answer: When you lose four games on the trot, you’ve got to try different things and to be fair to him, he got it right against West Ham and Richarlison had a good game, so hopefully the answer is at the football club.

A benefit of Cottee’s recommended approach is that it would allow greater spending in other positions: “Perhaps if they need strengthening in other areas then they’ll look to do that rather than buying another forward and paying another £50m or £60m for a centre forward.”

Considering Everton have conceded the most goals from set-pieces in the Premier League this season, there are clearly positions outside of the frontline that also need improving – even if they are still yet to find a reliable replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who netted 25 top flight goals during his final season at Goodison Park.

Therefore, it needs to be considered whether they can carry on throwing money at the same recurring problem, if it will potentially see them neglect their other shortcomings.

Tony Cottee was speaking as a judge on The London Football Awards, due to take place on 5th March 2020 at Camden’s Roundhouse. Tickets are available from https://londonfootballawards.org.

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