After a fine loan spell at Preston North End in the last campaign, young Everton striker Tom Cannon looks likely to go to another club again next season.
The Liverpool Echo claim he is probably heading back to Deepdale for another season with the Lancashire club where he thrived last term.
Everton of course, struggled all season long to score goals and ended up with a paltry 34 for the whole campaign. Only Wolves netted fewer times.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the Blues best forward, only scored one single goal as he spent most of the season on the sidelines with the usual endless injury problems.
Neal Maupay, signed to support him and who ended up theoretically replacing him as the leader of the line, could also only manage a pathetic solitary strike.
Of the other recognised forwards who all spent a period playing as the main striker, Demarai Gray was the most productive with just four goals.
As a result, another summer 2022 signing, midfielder Dwight McNeil, ended up as the team’s top scorer with seven. Clearly, as everyone in football knows, the Toffees need a major improvement up front next season.
Of course, various names have been touted as potential additions this summer once the transfer window opens.
While bringing in fresh talent is essential, it seems to me worth trying to try and capitalise on the home-grown prospects as well.
Especially so because the amount of money available to spend will be tight and given the likely clear-out this summer, the squad will be light in numbers.
Ellis Simms played only fleetingly last season and it appears that Sean Dyche doesn’t really rate the 22-year-old despite his obvious goalscoring ability.
Cannon netted eight times in twenty-one appearances for the Championship side, a pretty solid return for a young player.
It is true Cannon is still young and inexperienced and scoring goals in the Championship doesn’t mean you can replicate it in the tougher environment of the Premier League.
But, he has shown the quality to play at a higher level and I’m not sure another loan spell at Preston makes a lot of sense in terms of his development.
Although there are differing views about this, I think he should perhaps be considered for a place in the Everton squad for the upcoming season.
Particularly, because we’ve seen so many forwards (some seriously questionable) linked with the club in the past only for them to come to nothing. We have to hope this isn’t going to happen again this summer.