In Focus: Everton eye 21-year-old striker deal; should not be Lukaku’s replacement

According to reports in The Sun, Everton are eyeing a surprise £2m move for MLS striker Cyle Larin as they prepare for life after Romelu Lukaku.

What’s the word, then?

Well, with Lukaku – who is the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season – telling the Merseyside outfit that he won’t sign a new contract at Goodison Park because he wants to play Champions League football, it means that Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has had to start the search for his replacement.

The Dutchman is said to have taken a closer look at the Orlando City attacker and Canada international, who has impressed for club and country over the course of the last couple of seasons.

Can you tell us more about him?

Of course.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed two prolific campaigns with his club side – hitting the net 32 times during that period – while he has started the latest season in equally impressive form having scored three times in his first two appearances.

Like Lukaku, Larin is also a threat in the air as he stands at 6’2” tall.

Does he come with any good references?

He certainly does.

Kaka, who starred for Real Madrid and AC Milan in Europe, told MLS Soccer in January that the striker has the talent to play in Europe.

The Brazilian said: “Cyle is a very good player and the third season for us will be great, but I think Cyle can play in a big team in Europe as well.”

Surely he wouldn’t be Lukaku’s replacement?

No, you wouldn’t think so.

If the Belgian does leave, Everton will likely spend big on his replacement and bring in a player that would almost be guaranteed to score goals.

So, would he be a starter if Lukaku leaves?

As we mentioned before, a place on the substitutes’ bench would probably be more likely if the Toffees sign a big-name star.

Of course, you never know how a player coming to the Premier League for the first time is going to adapt, but his goalscoring record suggests that he has that magic touch in front of goal, and that may be enough for Ronald Koeman to give a him a chance in the starting XI.