Everton recorded a 2-0 victory over West Ham United on Saturday evening in a fixture which saw two clubs with ambitions of breaking into the top-six go head-to-head. That the Toffees managed to claim three points provided the supporters with a huge psychological boost, but they will be firmly aware of the need to strengthen in the summer despite their latest win.
There are problems for Marco Silva to address, one of which is his glaring lack of quality at centre-forward. According to a recent report from Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, Everton are interested in signing Roma’s Patrik Schick this summer and a valuation of €24 million (£20.6 million) has been placed on his head.
The Czech Republic international started against the Three Lions at Wembley last week, but he hasn’t enjoyed a regular place in Roma’s starting XI since arriving from Sampdoria.
Could he be another underwhelming signing like Cenk Tosun, or is he the man to finally replace Romelu Lukaku at the spearhead of the attack?
Football FanCast writers deliver their verdicts on whether Everton should meet Roma’s asking price in the summer…
“The last thing Everton need is another hit-or-miss striker on the books and Schick has notched just three goals in Serie A this season. The plus side is that he is only 23, but the Toffees are crying out for a hitman who can get goals on a consistent basis – thus lifting the burden off Richarlison – and Schick isn’t that.”
“If they have seen enough of him to convince them that he can be a Premier League success, then they absolutely should. On far too many occasions before Everton have got their scouting wrong – Cenk Tosun, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez are all signings that haven’t look suited to the English top flight. Schick has the strength and tactical nous to suggest he would do well for the Toffees though, and Digne and Coleman would be in dreamland with such a target man to aim for in the middle.”
“It is fair to say that Patrik Schick has flopped somewhat since his big-money move to Roma. The 23-year-old has just three league goals this season in 19 appearances, and has struggled to find any sort of form since arriving in Rome. However, there is a reason why the Italian side splashed out £39m on the forward – he was one of the most highly-rated players in Italy. Everton are in need of a frontman to take the burden from Richarlison’s shoulders, something that Cenk Tosun has failed to do. At just £20.6m, the Toffees could be getting a bargain if they can rediscover Schick’s Sampdoria form.”
“Yes, but only if they sign a proven goalscorer to partner him. €24m for a player with Schick’s quality and potential is pennies, but he is not the number nine to solve Everton’s woes in front of goal. The 23 year-old has just three Serie A strikes to his name this season and has produced his best stuff when playing just off of former Manchester City front man Edin Dzeko.”