It was recently announced that the in-form Romelu Lukaku’s desires no longer lie at Goodison Park. This sparked numerous rumours of where the Belgian striker might end up next, PSG and former club Chelsea being the centre of attention. However, whilst this may have alerted elite clubs from all over Europe Everton are club that has to be the most switched on during these coming transfers as they must pick the right replacement for their leading Premier league goalscorer.
Here are a few ways how Ronald Koeman can deal with the potential issue of losing their most influential player this season.
The French striker, currently earning his trade in Germany for Koln, can certainly match Lukaku’s physical presence in and around the box. The 28-year-old forward has 22 goals in 25 league games and his strikes have seen Koln rise up the table into 6th place above Schalke and Leverkusen. Modeste relies heavily on his impeccable aerial ability this combined with the deliveries of adventurous full-backs Coleman and Baines could prove pivotal in the Toffee’s continuing search for Champions League football.
Another French striker on the list. Celtic’s 20-year-old has been an inspiring signing by Brendon Rodgers with 17 goals in 26 league games. A number of Europe’s finest clubs have been linked with the promising forward meaning Everton may have to pay big money to ensure his signature. Dembele possesses quality close control much like his namesake who plays for Spurs, however, Celtic’s Dembele combines this with powerful pace enabling him to get in behind the tightest of defences which makes up for his lack of shear strength.
Torino’s topscorer this season has proved to be deadly with both feet inside the area racking up 22 goals in 24 appearances in the Seria A. The Italian has a willing desire to track back and drive at defences from deep which is a unique trait for a striker who is so cold in front of goal. With Everton’s passing style of play Belotti can ease off the tracking back and concentrate on finishing short, quick passing moves. However, Everton may be put off by Torino president Urbano Cairo’s public claims to increase Belotti’s release clause of £86million.
This suggestion is probably the most unlikely out of the four however the Nigerian striker has fallen down the pecking order after the signing of exciting prospect Gabriel Jesus; Iheanancho has completed just 2 games under Pep Guardiola. At just 20 years old the Nigerian has proved he can cope with the pressure of playing for Premier League title contenders. It is unlikely that Man City would sell such a promising talent such as Iheanacho but Pep’s ruthlessness in transfer dealings may see the striker out the door, especially with a spot in Everton’s strike force being free.