Despite some fleeting promising signs this season, there is no doubting that Everton have underachieved given the talent at Roberto Martinez’s disposal.
Regardless of some questionable form from the Goodison Park team, striker Romelu Lukaku has endorsed his reputation further with another scintillating campaign for the Toffees.
The Belgium international has netted 18 Premier League goals and, as a result, has been linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest teams this summer.
With Everton set to face a real struggle in their efforts to keep the former Chelsea centre forward, here are FIVE potential replacements for the Merseysiders should Lukaku leave the club…
The Nigeria international and his excellent goalscoring record has been a key reason behind Watford’s relatively comfortable campaign back in the Premier League.
Ighalo is widely expected to leave Vicarage Road this summer and would fit into Everton’s system given the similarities between his style of play and that of Lukaku.
Perhaps not the biggest name to instil Everton’s fans full of too much confidence, but the African poacher would surely score plenty of goals in the Merseyside team.
One of the hottest properties in European football, Marseille’s Batshauyi looks destined for a move to one of Europe’s top leagues.
Although a host of teams playing in the Champions League are believed to be courting the striker, West Ham are one of the front-runners.
Spending a sizeable amount of Lukaku’s potential fee on Batshauyi would be an exciting move, with the Toffees replacing their number nine with a man of similar ability and attributes.
The Italy international has been quite far down Juventus’ attacking pecking order this season, but this does not make him any less of a predatory striker.
Quick, strong and with an excellent goalscoring record, Zaza is being touted for a move to England this summer and has a lengthy list of suitors.
Everton could well steal a march on their rivals by offering him regular first-team football, in what could be a very shrewd move.
The Scotland international has struck an amazing 30 goals in 30 starts this season for Scottish champions Celtic, with his record of scoring phenomenal in his homeland and the English Football League.
Griffiths looks more than ready to make a step up to the Premier League and would offer pace and a clinical touch in the opposition’s penalty box.
Plenty of players have left Celtic and excelled in the Premier League, with the 25-year-old looking destined to follow suit.
A young Dutch striker being compared to Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy, Janssen is one of the hottest prospects in the Eredivisie.
Playing his first season in the Dutch top tier in 2015/16, the 21-year-old has hit a phenomenal 26 goals for AZ Alkmaar and been called up to the Netherlands’ senior squad as a result – scoring against England earlier this year.
Janssen is a deadly centre forward and someone that could well be the latest Dutch sensation in English football. As such, Everton would be wise to try and win the race for his signature.