After signing Ndiaye Everton still need another attacker

The club have confirmed today that Iliman Ndiaye has joined the Toffees but they still need further additions to improve attacking options next season.
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Ndiaye's signing has been expected for a while now and this lunchtime Everton officially confirmed the 24-year-old has penned a five-year deal.

This is a good piece of business for the Blues as Ndiaye provides pace, the ability to carry the ball and both create and score goals.

However, he has struggled this past season with Marseille in the French top flight and that is a little of a worry when it comes to the question of whether he can find the net consistently in the Premier League.

Scoring goals is a huge problem this Everton side had in the last campaign - indeed it was the biggest single issue for the team - with only relegated bottom club Sheffield United scoring fewer goals than the Toffees.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the team's leading scorer with just eight strikes last season and endured a terrible barren run from October until April. Clearly that number has to be better next season.

Ndiaye's best roles is to play on either flank up front or behind the lone centre-forward and that versatility is obviously well-suited to Sean Dyche's preferred 4-5-1 formation.

Abdoulaye Doucoure usually operated in that position behind the striker and has done well.

Although, after netting six times before the end of 2023, the Mali international was not nearly as productive when he finally returned fully fit after two hamstring injuries, scoring only once more.

Wherever Ndiaye ends up playing - and no doubt he will probably play in several positions - the former Blades star will surely have to be a key performer for Dyche next season.

However, although Everton have now added the Senegal international to their squad as well as bringing Jack Harrison for another year's loan, there is still a need for at least one more attacker.

I have previously mentioned that the Championship could be a good pool of talent for the Toffees to consider for further reinforcements.

The Blues are being linked with a move for Hull City's Jaden Philogene and he seems a player who would represent a solid investment.

But, there are several other Premier League clubs interested in him and apparently one of them - Ipswich Town - has already moved to secure his signature, along with another Tigers talent Everton have been tracking; centre-back Jacob Greaves.

There are further options such as Jack Clarke, Gabriel Sara and Georgino Rutter who might be worth a look. Not exactly headline grabbing signings perhaps, but decent and affordable young attacking talent.

Everton's finances are still in a state of flux and although it seems as though the club are confident they can and will avoid another PSR breach, until the proposed takeover by The Friedkin Group can be completed, money will still be tight.