Everton could be in for quite a ride this January transfer window following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, who will want to put his mark on and make improvements to an underperforming squad.
In order to do that, however, there are a number of key issues he’ll need to address in terms of both incomings and outgoings. With that in mind, Football FanCast have outlined two transfer priorities Ancelotti must confront when the transfer window reopens.
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If Ancelotti is to bring in new signings next month then they simply must be down the spine of the team.
Everton lack top-level quality at centre-back, in central midfield and up front, which probably explains how a season that was meant to see them battling the big clubs has transpired into them being just four points off relegation.
Injuries certainly haven’t helped in central midfield with Andre Gomes, Fabian Delpth and Jean-Philippe Gbamin all absent for significant portions of the campaign, but Everton also failed to replace last season’s loan star Kurt Zouma during the summer and still lack that guaranteed goalscorer up front.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored five Premier League goals this season but Cenk Tosun has netted just once and Moise Kean is yet to get off the mark, so improvement in that area is clearly needed.
Everton will struggle to strengthen all three positions in one window, but if they are to make any signings in January they need to bring depth to those areas at the very least.
28-year-old Tosun has only featured in eight games during the first half of the season and chipped in with just one goal in the process, while Niasse has registered just one minute so far in the Premier League.
While selling two strikers would theoretically weaken the spine we’ve just spoke about strengthening, it’s clear Tosun and Naisse are part of the problem rather than the solution, two players who are making that very spine much weaker than it should be for a club of Everton’s stature.
Shipping off Tosun and Naisse will make room in the squad – and perhaps more importantly, the budget – for an alternative striker who can offer more support to Calvert-Lewin.