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Everton almost signed 'unbelievable' striker instead of Maupay, now he's already got seven goals this season - opinion
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Everton almost signed 'unbelievable' striker instead of Maupay, now he's already got seven goals this season - opinion

Frank Lampard will be wondering if he rotated his Everton squad too much after their humbling 4-1 defeat by Bournemouth yesterday.

It ends Everton’s involvement in the Carabao Cup, and the Toffees will return to the south coast for their final Premier League match before the World Cup on Saturday.

Lampard gave Neal Maupay his sixth start of the season after his £15m move from Brighton.

Maupay failed to make an impact, and was hooked in the 80th minute in place of Thomas Cannon.

It was Maupay’s tenth appearance for the Toffees, and yet he’s only scored once for his new side.

His venomous strike against West Ham gave Everton fans hope that a new environment might get the best out of Maupay.

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The Frenchman should be Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s back-up, but the Englishman’s fitness issues just won’t go away.

With Maupay likely to lead the line again on Saturday, Lampard should have potentially considered another option in the transfer market.

While Maupay was struggling at Bournemouth last night, another potential Everton target was scoring an absolute peach.

Coventry City recorded a 2-0 win in the Championship against Wigan, with Viktor Gyokeres on the score sheet.

And judging by the goal Gyokeres scored, Everton should potentially have signed him instead of Maupay.

TBR View – Everton should have signed Gyokeres

A report in The Sun in August suggested Everton were considering an approach for Gyokeres.

The young Swede ended up staying at Coventry, and already has seven goals this season.

His latest was an incredible piece of individual work, putting the game to bed in the final minute against Wigan.

The ‘unbelievable’ forward is well on his way to matching his goal tally of 17 last season.

Gyokeres was never given the chance to prove himself at Brighton, and left in the summer Maupay arrived.

Maupay’s previous experience in the Premier League meant Everton knew what they would get when called upon in Calvert-Lewin’s absence.

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However, he’s always been wasteful at this level, whereas Gyokeres is a clinical marksman.

It’s easy to say in hindsight that Everton should have signed Gyokeres in the summer.

However, if Calvert-Lewin continues to miss games through injury, the pressure will begin to mount on Maupay to start scoring.

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