Everton keen on attacker who leads the top scorer charts with 9 goals in 11 games

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Everton have been struggling in the attack this season. In many ways, the Richarlison replacement hasn’t arrived which is hurting Everton’s goalscoring. The Toffees remain open to the idea of adding a new attacker in the upcoming transfer windows, with the name of Jonathan David getting linked to Everton.

The Toffees remain one of the lowest goalscoring sides in the Premier League with just eight goals in 10 games. Only three teams have scored less goals than the Merseysiders – Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa. Everton’s attacking threat seems to have been nerfed in absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Richarlison’s sale has left Everton depleted of a reliable goal scorer other than Calvert-Lewin.

The likes of Anthony Gordon and Demarai Gray have the potential, especially Gordon, but it is an uphill climb for the youngster who is still refining his skills. The Toffees have taken a step forward with bringing Neal Maupay to support Calvert-Lewin but more needs to be done if Richarlison’s goals are to be replaced. The Brazilian was the club’s highest goal getter last term, netting 11 goals in all competitions.

Dwight McNeil hasn’t quite fired as expected and moreover, he is someone who brings a lot of technical quality on the ball and deliveries in the final third but also has the ability to produce some belters from outside of the box. Another attacker with a knack for scoring goals could become a necessity if goals don’t come quickly for Everton.

Everton held interest in Lille striker Jonathan David

According to Sky Sports Journalist Florian Plettenberg, Everton were highly interested in bringing David to Goodison Park in 2023. The LOSC Lille striker is enjoying a fine goalscoring spell in France and is heading the top scorer charts in Ligue 1 with nine goals in 11 games.

Despite the interest, there has been no concrete offer from Everton for the Canadian. David himself doesn’t consider Everton as an option as he prefers to move to a top European club. His current contract at Lille runs till 2025 and there is no release clause in the contract, making any sort of a deal very difficult to complete. The French side have slapped a price tag of over €50 million for the 23 year old striker.

In any case, Everton are ruled out as an option despite holding a firm interest in David. Everton sent scouts to watch Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton Diaz. The player was a summer transfer target but the Merseysiders have continued tracking him beyond the summer.

This does indicate Everton’s intentions to strengthen the attack and bring in a goalscorer who can share the responsibility with Calvert-Lewin, like how Richarlison used to.

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