Media reports claim Lille forward Jonathan David has dropped hints today that he might be ready for a move to the Premier League with Everton among his alledged suitors.
This story surfaced last year with David being one of a number of forwards linked with a possible move to Everton.
It never happened then obviously, but he has supposedly remained on the radar and according to these reports the club are still interested in him.
One thing that does still seem clear is that despite the superb attacking performance against Crystal Palace last weekend, the Blues’ do need to bring in more forward reinforcements, if possible in January.
Despite a good summer transfer window, Everton failed to sign more than one forward and this has hurt the team especially with Dominic Calvert-Lewin being unavailable until just recently after his latest injury setback.
Although three forwards netted on Saturday and goals from Calvert-Lewin, Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil gave the Toffees’ their biggest win of the season as they saw off the Eagles, scoring has been Everton’s biggest problem this season.
Frank Lampard has built a much sounder and more resiliant defence, one of the Premier League’s best, and the midfield now has plenty of energy and athleticism, the attack has been lacklustre and until last weekend, the Blues’ had only managed eight goals.
Last summer the Toffees’ were linked with a bewildering number of forwards as it was clear this was an area that needed strengthening, but as mentioned only Neal Maupay joined beofre the window shut.
Canadian forward David has been a player rumoured to be of interest to several English clubs but as yet no one has made a concrete move for him.
The Lille player has developed a good reputation and this season he’s been very productive scoring nine goals in twelve games.
He seems to be best suited to playing a central striking role rather than operating from a wider position, although he can do so.
While that might well be a good answer for what Everton need, a think that if possible the Blues’ should be looking for a player who can operate as both a wide and central forward.
A good example of the sort of player that I think Everton ideally need is Martin Terrier. The Frenchman is adept at playing both wide and centrally with equal effectiveness and this versatility and productivity would be invaluable.
However, althoguh he was one of those rumoured summer targets, I doubt the Toffees’ will be able to beat the likely competition to his signature if he is again available for transfer. Perhaps then David would be a more realistic alternative.