In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast ahead of the London Football Awards, Tony Cottee has admitted that Everton still have an issue in finding the striker who can be a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgium international left Goodison Park in 2017, yet he is still often at the centre of conversations regarding strikers at the Toffees.
Cottee has admitted that there is still a level of uncertainty in his former position, despite numerous options being tested since Lukaku’s departure: “As things stand it’s difficult, he’s tried Calvert-Lewin, before that they bought Cenk Tosun, they have Moise Kean who they’ve bought in, Kean and Calvert-Lewin are both young lads.”
Of the three names he mentioned, Calvert-Lewin has been the most effective this season, scoring three league goals in six starts and two substitute appearances, as per WhoScored.
Speaking before Saturday’s loss against Brighton & Hove Albion, Cottee indicated that Richarlison could be the answer, despite naturally being a winger: “They played really well against West Ham and had Richarlison upfront. Listen, he might end up as the centre forward, you don’t know, but it’s still a problem.”
The Brazilian has made 10 league starts this season, getting two goals and two assists, and has been deployed as the centre forward in both of Everton’s most recent games, indicating that Marco Silva could be growing impatient with the out and out strikers at the club.
That this is still a talking point over two years after Lukaku left should certainly be cause for concern for Everton.
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://