Pundit Tony Cascarino has given a scathing assessment of Everton’s current striker options.
Speaking on TalkSport, former Republic of Ireland forward and pundit Tony Cascarino has aired his views on the strikers currently on the books at Everton.
The 60-year-old said, “the bottom line is, if Everton don’t sign a striker that they can find wherever they can in football to get goals, Everton will be fighting relegation…Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still injured…how long do you stay with a player who is continually injured? You can’t rely on him…Calvert-Lewin has missed way too much football…Sean Dyche can’t wait for Neal Maupay to suddenly find form. He’s got to get a striker in who he believes is going to convert chances.”
Everton have invested in attackers this summer. Arnaut Danjuma and Jack Harrison have both arrived at Goodison Park on loan, neither of whom have been especially prolific in the Premier League in the past. However, the only out and out striker that Sean Dyche has added to his squad so far is 19-year-old Youssef Chermiti. Everton paid £15 million to Sporting to bring the teenager to the club.
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It would be a huge ask to expect the teenager, who has only ever previously played 16 games and scored 3 goals in the Portuguese top flight, to fire the Toffees to Premier League safety this season.
Instead, Dyche would much rather have a fit and firing Dominic Calvert-Lewin to call upon. Injuries have ravaged the England man’s last two seasons on Merseyside, though. Meanwhile. Neal Maupay proved once again in Everton’s 1-0 opening day defeat against Fulham that he can’t be relied upon to put the ball in the back of the net.
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Maupay had several very presentable chances to score against Marco Silva’s side, but the Frenchman spurned every single one, whilst Calvert-Lewin was once again sidelined for fitness reasons.
A lack of goals very nearly saw the Toffees succumb to relegation last season. They need to be far more clinical this time around. Given Calvert-Lewin and Maupay’s struggles, a reliable goalscorer is still an absolute must, as they cannot afford to pin all their hopes on Chermiti being able to hit the ground running.