Since selling Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for nearly $100 million in the summer of 2017, the Toffees have been unable to find any sort of consistent forward threat from their number nine spot. In that time, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, and now Marco Silva have either been forced into playing the likes of Wayne Rooney and Richarlison out of position up top or players like Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse who seem a cut below the level of the Premier League, especially for a team with European aspirations like Everton.
Come January, the European transfer window opens and clubs like Everton have a chance to bring in players they deem necessary to push for a strong finish through the spring. With most of their scoring load having been carried from wingers and midfielders, namely Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson, Everton will surely be in the market for a forward who can shoulder more of the scoring load for the rest of the season.
Before Marco Silva can think about bringing someone in, he must first shed some deadweight from the club in order to free up some of the wage bill. Last January, Koeman did just this by selling Ross Barkley and Aaron Lennon to Chelsea and Burnley, respectively, while also loaning out Kevin Mirallas, Ademola Lookman, and Sandro Ramirez to Olympiacos, RB Leipzig, and Sevilla. This reshuffling allowed the Dutchman to buy Cenk Tosun from Turkish club Besiktas and Theo Walcott from Arsenal for some much needed firepower.
This season, the two most likely departures seem to be Oumar Niasse and Morgan Schneiderlin, as both have combined for just 10 appearances this season and appear to be on the outside of Silva’s plans going forward. Along with these two, youngsters Kieran Dowell and Mason Holgate seem destined for short-term loan spells to lower league sides with an eye towards getting them some more first team minutes.
With some wage cleared out and a glaring hole in the attack, here are five strikers Marco Silva should consider bringing in in January to solve Everton’s attacking doldrums:
After struggling with injury issues for much of his time at Bournemouth since their promotion, Wilson has finally found a spell of good health and with it one of his best seasons to date. The 26-year-old Englishman has bagged 9 goals in 17 appearances for the Cherries this season, and should Everton look to bring in the pacy forward they would have to ward off Chelsea, who have expressed interest in the striker.
The young Dane, who has split time up top with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at Ajax so far this season, would be a risky but potentially outstanding option to bring in. The 6 ft. 2 in. tall striker has netted 7 goals and 3 assists in 19 appearances for the Dutch club, and would provide a dynamic option in the air for the likes of Sigurdsson and Lucas Digne, the latter of whom leads the premier league in attempted crosses so far this season.
The son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has done alright for Fiorentina this season, knocking in 4 goals and 3 assists so far for the mid-table club. Even though he’s not as tall as Dolberg or as quick as Wilson, Simeone makes up for these deficiencies with his outstanding work rate and his underrated technical ability. While the 23 year old is highly rated and currently signed through 2022, Everton could pry him out of Florence by using a permanent transfer of the aforementioned Mirallas as a makeweight to get the deal done.
Volland has been a consistent presence appearing in every league match for an underwhelming Bayer Leverkusen side who currently find themselves in 10th in the Bundesliga table. The versatile forward has played all over the Leverkusen front line, splitting time between center forward and both winger positions for the German outfit, scoring 5 goals and providing 2 assists along the way. The athletic forward would fit seamlessly into Silva’s high pressing system, and might see the move as a springboard for getting back into the German national team.
Another German striker the Toffees could look to bring in is RB Leipzig star Timo Werner, who is currently tied for second in the Bundesliga with 10 goals so far this season. The 22 year old rose to prominence after breaking into Die Mannschaft and starting in all 3 of Germany’s games in the World Cup this past summer. As one of the most highly rated young strikers in Europe, Everton would have to shell out upwards of $50 million to even just get to the negotiating table, but such a financial risk might be necessary to truly threaten the top 6.