Everton linked with new Napoli raid

Having brought in his favourite Brazilian midfield enforcer in Allan, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is supposedly eyeing up another Napoli player to reinforce the Blues attack.

According to reports coming out of Italy, the Everton manager is hoping to strengthen his attacking options with a move for ex-Swansea and Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.

Having concentrated on solving his midfield problems and hopefully having done so successfully with the acquisition of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez, now perhaps attention will turn to other areas of the team.

The unexpected injury to Mason Holgate might though necessitate switching focus towards signing another centre-back, depending on the extent of his problem.

Let’s be optimistic and suppose that the Toffees don’t need to sign another defender, then where in his team should the Blues boss be targetting next for reinforcements?

We’ve previously asserted that the focus of any more transfer activity should probably be on bringing in a right-back/right-winger type of player that can offer genuine pace, additional creativity and maybe a goal-threat too.

That should probably be the next priority, however, if the Blues do get the chance to sign a real quality forward than maybe it’s worth considering as there is definitely a lack of experience in the Toffees attack.

In the past though, we have looked at whether Everton might do well to try and bring in an veteran forward who could offer proven goal-scoring ability and provide the Blues young strikers with his experience and footballing nous to help them develop and mature.

One player who would have probably ideally fitted that mold and profile, was Chelsea’s French centre-forward Olivier Giroud.

Llorente is quite a bit like the Chelsea forward. He’s tall, very good in the air and holds the ball up well. However, he doesn’t offer much pace and movement and at 35 he’s not any longer in the prime of his football career.

He might be able to help Dominic Calvert-Lewin kick on as the young Everton striker is quite a similar player to Llorente.

I really feel that if the Toffees are looking for attacking reinforcements and I have no idea whether that is true, they should be trying to bring more pace into the team.