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Strikers the key for Everton

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In recent times, Everton have never had a striker who consistently scored goals for a long period of time. With a successful loan spell at Goodison Park, Romelu Lukaku proved that having a player who can score 15 to 20 goals a season can really help a team to achieve its ambitions.

Lukaku was a vital player in a great season for Everton but, as usual, due to our poor funds, he was only on loan. With Arouna Koné being injured for the majority of the season and another loaned player, Lacina Traoré, only featuring in one game, it was up to Lukaku to step up. In the current transfer window, Roberto Martinez needs to look for a striker who performs on a consistent basis.

The most recent Everton striker who did not perform consistently was Nikica Jelavic. When he arrived at Goodison Park in January 2012, he straight away proved to be a hit. He scored 11 goals from January to May in 2012 and was our league best goalscorer and also overall. Evertonians would have felt that we had finally found a great striker.

After that, Nikica only scored 5 more goals. With a record of 59 appearances and 16 goals, he fell down the pecking order to Victor Anichebe and loan star Romelu Lukaku. The lack of goals has held back Everton in recent years; if they want to succeed, they need to buy a consistent footballer.

With Diego Costa arriving at Stamford Bridge, this will see Romelu Lukaku drop the order at Stamford Bridge. Everton will have to go to the bank and give everything they have to Jose Mourinho if they want to buy last season's top goalscorer for the club. The 20-year-old who had been given the chance at the World Cup for Belgium, thanks to the injury of Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke, has been terribly under performing and in recent matches found himself among the substitutes. These bad performances could lower the asking price for the big Belgian.

Goals will be needed for the upcoming season for Everton; a striker who can score a great number of goals is sure to become a fan favourite at Goodison Park. An ideal striker would be footballer similar to Lukaku. Someone with a big build, great feet and can shoot. If we can not get Lukaku, and he goes to the likes of Spurs or Atletico Madrid, which he has been linked to, we should try and sign Wilfried Bony.

Wilfried, who plays for Swansea, has consistently proved himself that he can be a world class striker. Playing for Côte d'Ivoire in the World Cup, he showed that he has fantastic feet, a great first touch, and can put himself into a perfect position, with a magnificent shot on him.

If Everton want to pursue their Champions League ambitions, they need to buy either Romelu Lukaku or Wilfried Bony. If either of those are unavailable, someone identical to these players will be ideal. I would love to see Lukaku back at the club, wearing the royal blue jersey and scoring for fun for many years to come.

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Brian Garside
1 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:46:43
Bony for me. Better touch and understanding of the game. Lukaku, though I would not be sad if he signed, is sometimes nonchalant, doesn't give 100% and is prone to have the touch of an elephant.
Paul Andrews
2 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:04:29
Either will do.
Andrew Clare
3 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:59:49
Signing a striker of the calibre of Lukaku is of the utmost importance but equally important is signing a creative midfielder. In the games where Lukaku didn't seem to feature much, it really highlighted the fact that we don't have a high quality creative midfielder.

I hope we sign both of these types of player. They are the key to our ECL aspirations.

Andy Finigan
4 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:06:43
If we manage to sign Lukaku permanently, I would not be surprised if Chelsea went for Bony.
Paul Ferry
5 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:06:54
Lukaku would be the best option for us given his season here with no need at all for a settling-in period.

Erm Â’nonchalantÂ’, less than 100% Â’sometimesÂ’ (what he only gives 99% or 98% or 25%?), Â’touch of an elephant"; his goal/appearance ratio last season was outstanding, and that is what matters most for me at the end of the day. The OP is about putting it in the net.

On another point. Jaysus, the worldÂ’s gone mad all around us, 㾼 million for a 19-year-old full back/centre back who has made 25 appearances for Southampton! Now I know that the Gooners have a handy record of nabbing young Saints but Jaysus —that means Coleman is now worth exactly (using the Bonavendture frequency conversion function ratio process...) 𧵊 million.

Lukaku please, and I bet we get another striker from somewhere in Spain — and another one....

Peter Laing
6 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:11:09
Glad that you have penned this piece, Connor. As much as I hate to admit it, the RS found a winning formula last season with Suarez and Sturridge who powered them to a title attempt despite them having a very ordinary midfield and poor defence.

It staggers me that, 30 years later following Lineker's one-season exploits, Everton have struggled to find a consistent goalscorer. Yakubu's 20-goal return aside, it's been relative mediocrity and some dreadful strikers have turned out for the blues. We have had purple patches from Cottee, Campbell, Ferguson, Jelavic et al but it's been frustrating.

We need Lukaku and definitely A N Other to back him up.

Peter Laing
7 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:20:19
What about Lukaku and Bony?
Duncan McDine
8 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:30:17
Spot on, Connor. If money is that tight, I think we need to splash the lot on this one player... And pray they don’t get injured! The other positions can be filled by loans as they really arent as crucial to where we’ll finish come May 2015. A top CF with years ahead of him could bring us silverware.
Jay Harris
9 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:36:57
It is being reported that RM told some Everton supporters in Thailand that we would get Lukaku. I really can't see RM making that sort of comment but I do hope and believe we will get Lukaku.

Everton used to be synonymous with top goalscorers: Dixie Dean, Tommy Lawton, Dave Hickson, Alex Young, Joe Royle, Bob Latchford, Graeme Sharp, Andy Gray and Gary Lineker.

It is interesting to note our fortunes fell away with the lack of a top-quality goalscorer.

Tony Page
10 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:34:01
So long as we have a board who filter funds out of this club of ours, how can we possibly buy a proven class striker?

Robero really has to look for hidden gems and turn them into match winners, it can and has been done before, so let's hope our manager can do it.

Raymond Fox
11 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:21:03
I'll be delighted if Lukaku becomes an Everton player, he is my first choice. If we miss out on him and don't find another player of his class, I fear we will struggle. Bony has ability no doubt, but will Swansea sell and what fee will they demand?

Kone, if he is the same player that performed well for Wigan, will surprise some that don't rate him, I'm not saying that he should be our first team player in Premier League games but the lad can lead the line along with McAleny (who looks a handy player to me) in the Europa League.

Will we take Traore again? ... Who knows.

Robbie Muldoon
12 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:43:04
Lukaku is coming back; come on, people — it's so obvious, even without all the noises coming from staff and players that he will be signing.
Andrew Clare
13 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:41:22
Am I the only person who thinks that a creative midfielder is a priority? Surely someone must agree.

It's obvious that a top class striker is the Number One priority but, after that, it must be the creative midfielder. I know they are rare nowadays but we need one.

Brian Waring
14 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:04:23
Totally agree, Andrew, top quality forward and top quality creative midfielder are what we need to really push on again.
Colin Glassar
15 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:59:51
I was going to say the same thing, Robbie. Lukaku is an almost cert now so why keep on harping on about other strikers? Let's concentrate on getting our Number One target and then strengthening in other areas.
Brian Waring
16 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:06:21
One problem Colin, after looking like we will have to break the bank for Lukaku, are we going to be left with enough cash to get at least a couple more top quality players that we deffo need.
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:09:50
Well we don't know Brian. Only a few people at the club know just how much is available for transfers. Most presume it's a pitiful 㿀-25M but it could be more or, it could be less. We just don't know.

Being the eternal optimist, I hope it's more like 㿊M plus.

David Scotland
18 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:15:16

With the recent signing of Didier Drogba to Chelsea, EvertonÂ’s chances of getting their main man have been boosted significantly. Chelsea have already signed Diego Costa for 㿌M and still have 㿞M flop Torres in their side – so where does that leave Lukaku in the pecking order?

ItÂ’s been well publicised that Lukaku is not MourinhoÂ’s biggest fan. (IÂ’m sure the 2013 penalty miss in the Super Cup Final contributed towards his feelings!)

But alas, it is all to EvertonÂ’s benefit! Last season he scored 15 goals in 29 appearances which is something which Everton have been missing for way too long. ItÂ’s plain to see how strong the blues are in every department; except up front.

In many ways Lukaku filled that gap last season. His estimated transfer value is in the region of between 㾾-㿅M but Everton should be striving to get the most out of their money as additional reinforcements are still required.

It seems almost unfathomable to me why Mourinho; arguably the greatest manager in the world would allow such a prospect in Lukaku to leave? Well, he was not afraid to let Juan Mata go to Man United so he is certainly not scared of making bold decisions.

However, it is a valid suggestion that strikers like Drogba and Samuel Eto'o are past their best and similarities have been drawn with Lukaku – however age is on his side and his best years are still in front of him.

The Toffees are crying out for a world-class goalscorer, and whilst Lukaku is not the finished article yet; like Ross Barkley he really has the potential to set the footballing world alight. With only Naismith in EvertonÂ’s first team as a forward who isnÂ’t a true out-and-out striker, the blues should be doing everything they can to sign Lukaku.

He slotted into the forward line perfectly last season and Bill Kenwright should be reaching deep into his pockets to acquire Romelu who is certainly good enough to be playing in the Champions League. If Everton continue the momentum from last season; then the Champions League is exactly where they will end up.

Tom R Owen
19 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:17:56
Jay (#9),

Also interesting to note who joined the board around the same time!

Colin Glassar
20 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:29:30
Excellent post, David. Maybe Jose's being advised by the football genius that is Tony Cascarino who is a complete tosser IMO. According to the Irish-Italian cockney, Lukaku isn't good enough for Chelsea and would be okay for a club like Everton. Well, I hope Rom rams those words right down his big cockney gob this season.
Kev Johnson
21 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:42:32
Colin - since you're round and about at the moment... Refresh my memory about the two targets you have hinted about. I know one of them was at Man Utd (Cleverley or Hernandez, I'd guess). What was the other? Rehint, if you will...
Mark Tanton
22 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:57:57
Sky Sports, Express, Star all saying Lukaku permanent, and Atsu on loan. That would be a fine outcome indeed.
Sam Hoare
23 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:15:25
Indeed mark. If we got Lukaku and Atsu with perhaps Traore on loan too I would say we were looking strong.
Mike Green
24 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:27:00
Mark #22 - Chelsea - feeder club for Everton :)
Phil Walling
25 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:56:00
Whenever we have a bad trot, we size upon the goalie, his defensive partners and the midfield and scream for replacements.

The simple truth, of course, is as long as you have someone who can score for fun, your team can be as fucking hopeless as the RS and you can mix it with the very best!!

Dominic Tonge
26 Posted 26/07/2014 at 20:10:58
I really hope Lukaku is an Everton player next season. A young, proven Premier League striker is important. The fact that Romelu Lukaku would already know his manager and team mates should not be underestimated either. It would allow him to hit the ground running, so to speak – no bedding-in period required.

If we fail with Lukaku, I would prefer a few over Bony: I think Huntelaar, Balotelli, and maybe Muriel would be about the same money and offer far more.

Chris Wilson
27 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:38:14
The only concern for me is that we seem to have gone all in on Romelu Lukaku, so we better nab him or we could be in some trouble. Folks say just go get Bony instead. Well, that's easier said then done. Swansea would know that we would be desperate and jack up the price on us and then IF they would sell him to us; what would the wage demands be-a transfer is really not easy an easy sequence of events, it's not just pick up the phone and buy a player which some folks seem to think. For a club like Real Madrid it can be, but not a club like us who has to wheel and deal. Huntelaar probably wouldn't see us as a high enough profile, and Balotelli? Even if we could afford the Suarez-eque wages he demands, he is just a headache behind the scenes...and can be on the field too.

I am quietly optimistic about Lukaku, but still won't believe he is truly coming until I see a picture on the OS with he and Roberto sitting at a table, with an Everton jersey and a signed contract on the table. Still burned by the Fernandes incident and the Daily Mail "48 hours" crap (and I still wanted to see photographic proof).

Jay Harris
28 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:22:53
Tom #9.
Spot on that's also when our finances started to hit the rocks.
Norman McIain
30 Posted 27/07/2014 at 00:12:38
ItÂ’s not what RM told supporters about signing Lukaku that matters. ItÂ’s what he didnÂ’t say. Of course we will sign him ... at the right price!

There are alternatives worth considering if the asking price is too high. - 㿅 mill? - no way.

Mike Allison
31 Posted 27/07/2014 at 01:57:10
It absolutely blows my mind that some people are still sceptical about Lukaku.

We’re on the verge of an absolute steal of a transfer and there are still people willing to come on here and post, presumably under their own, real names, that they don’t really want him and would rather sign someone older, with less Premier League experience, fewer Premier League goals, who will miss two months of every season every two years even if fully fit.

As Chris Wilson says, the way things are looking Bony could even be more expensive as well.

Chris Wilson
32 Posted 27/07/2014 at 02:54:59
I'm not skeptical on Lukaku wanting to come here, I actually think he does. The worry I have is with Jose Mourinho. I have always gotten the sense that he could change his mind on a whim; especially if RL si not with us before August 30th and we beat them at Goodison Park; I could totally see him deciding that he needs Romelu. Fingers crossed we get him.
Harold Matthews
33 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:17:48
Phil. Hot to trot.
Harold Matthews
34 Posted 27/07/2014 at 22:31:08
Twitter. Tony Barrett. the Times. 26 July. Spanish press reporting Lukaku back-up for Real Madrid if the deal for Falcao collapses.

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