Forward Tom Cannon has now set his sights on being a part of the Everton first team next season and is out to impress Sean Dyche.
Indeed, while at Preston, the 20-year-old striker bagged eight goals in 19 Championship games in an impressive run of form.
Everton need a restructure of the current striking options, and Cannon believes that he can be a part of the solution to the club’s goalscoring woes.
Speaking with the official Everton website, Cannon said: “I want to come back for pre-season, impress the manager and hopefully show him what I can do, and then get myself in the squad.”
The young forward continued: “It’s my aim to score in front of the crowd at Goodison. There’s nothing more that I want to do.
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I’ve gone out on loan and scored at Deepdale. But I know it would be a different buzz scoring at Goodison Park in front of 40,000.
I’m looking forward to that and I will try as hard as I can do that.”
Everton would have to ensure that Cannon is not sole extent of attacking reinforcements for DCL next season
There are few things more pleasing in football than seeing an academy graduate fulfil their potential at senior level, and the ambitious forward looks to be blossoming at just the right time.
Everton need to invest in their forward line this summer, though it remains to be seen what kind of transfer kitty Sean Dyche will have to work with.
It will no doubt be a big step up for Tom Cannon, but if he can impress during pre-season, there is no reason why he can’t be a part of Sean Dyche’s plans for the coming campaign.
However, if Everton are to learn from past mistakes, they must ensure that Cannon is not the only striking option brought in this summer, or they will be lucky to avoid a third successive relegation scrap.