For the second year running Everton find themselves in an unenviable position. This week saw Wayne Rooney depart the club, joining MLS side DC United. Told he was not an essential part of Marco Silva’s plans at Goodison Park the time was right for him to try something new. With his exit, Everton lose their top goalscorer for the second summer in a row. His 11 goals may not seem like much, compared to the man who topped it the year previous.
Romelu Lukaku scored 26 in 2016-17 to be Everton’s leading marksman last season. But when Manchester United came calling, they could not refuse the money being offered.
So do Everton need a new striker?
There is, of course, a school of thought that Everton have already found their future top-scorer. Cenk Tosun arrived from Besiktas in the winter. After a slow start he has started to show some of his better attributes toward the end of the campaign. Theo Walcott also arrived, but it seems the right-wing remains his future position.
But other then that, Everton are still short in the attacking department. Youngsters like Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are present, as is Oumar Niasse for now, but it would seem Everton do still need to bring in another front-man if they are to succeed in breaking into the Premier League’s newly found top six.
Last summer Everton failed to replace Lukaku, this summer they must ensure another goal-getter arrives to ensure they battle at the right end of the Premier League table.