Everton have not been at the races in the final third this season.
The Toffees have scored 24 goals in 21 games so far, and with attacking options such as Bernard, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi, expectations were higher.
Calvert-Lewin has pulled his weight – the Englishman has a career-best of eight Premier League goals, with just under half a season still left to play.
But the others have left a lot to be desired, and there is a suggestion Everton could do with some fresh impetus this January.
And if Ancelotti is smart, he’ll make a move for a man he’s worked with very recently and is reportedly available for just £8.5 million (Daily Mail).
TBR’s view – Mertens can improve Everton’s cutting edge
Dries Mertens is coming to the end of his contract at Napoli and Ancelotti should consider a swoop for the Belgian international, who he obviously knows well.
Mertens, converted into a central striker in recent years but still able to operate on the wings, will be 33 in May but still has great quality in the final third.
This term he has nine goals in all competitions, just one less than Everton top scorer Calvert-Lewin, and overall for Napoli he has 118 in 304 appearances, along with 71 assists.
Perhaps the Everton forwards would benefit from having an older head of Mertens’ quality in the squad.