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 KonÃ© being injured for the majority of the season and another loaned player, Lacina TraorÃ©, 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 CÃ´te 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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1 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:46:43
2 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:04:29
3 Posted 26/07/2014 at 16:59:49
I hope we sign both of these types of player. They are the key to our ECL aspirations.
4 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:06:43
5 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:06:54
Erm ÂnonchalantÂ, less than 100% ÂsometimesÂ (what he only gives 99% or 98% or 25%?), Âtouch 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 worldÂs 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 Â—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 Â— and another one....
6 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:11:09
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.
7 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:20:19
8 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:30:17
9 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:36:57
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.
10 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:34:01
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.
11 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:21:03
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.
12 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:43:04
13 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:41:22
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.
14 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:04:23
15 Posted 26/07/2014 at 17:59:51
16 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:06:21
17 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:09:50
Being the eternal optimist, I hope it's more like 㿊M plus.
18 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:15:16
With the recent signing of Didier Drogba to Chelsea, EvertonÂs 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 Â– so where does that leave Lukaku in the pecking order?
ItÂs been well publicised that Lukaku is not MourinhoÂs biggest fan. (IÂm sure the 2013 penalty miss in the Super Cup Final contributed towards his feelings!)
But alas, it is all to EvertonÂs benefit! Last season he scored 15 goals in 29 appearances which is something which Everton have been missing for way too long. ItÂs 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 Â– 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 EvertonÂs first team as a forward who isnÂt 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.
19 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:17:56
Also interesting to note who joined the board around the same time!
20 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:29:30
21 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:42:32
22 Posted 26/07/2014 at 18:57:57
23 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:15:25
24 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:27:00
25 Posted 26/07/2014 at 19:56:00
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!!
26 Posted 26/07/2014 at 20:10:58
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.
27 Posted 26/07/2014 at 21:38:14
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).
28 Posted 26/07/2014 at 22:22:53
Spot on that's also when our finances started to hit the rocks.
30 Posted 27/07/2014 at 00:12:38
There are alternatives worth considering if the asking price is too high. - 㿅 mill? - no way.
31 Posted 27/07/2014 at 01:57:10
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.
32 Posted 27/07/2014 at 02:54:59
33 Posted 27/07/2014 at 21:17:48
34 Posted 27/07/2014 at 22:31:08
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