Answer to Koeman headache within touching distance, Everton must make shock January swoop
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Everton have had a dire start to the season and are in desperate need of a new striker.
It has been widely reported that Ronald Koeman is under pressure to turn the season around as soon as possible and has been linked with moves for strikers across Europe in order to get his side scoring more goals.
Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney haven’t provided the goods with the ex-Barcelona man failing to score once since he signed from Malaga.
Romelu Lukaku’s absence was going to hit Everton hard, but few would have thought it would have hit this hard.
Either way it’s still a major headache for Koeman about where he is going to get his goals from – but the answer to that may be within touching distance at Anfield in a player who isn’t getting the rub of the green under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp.
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Everton must try to make a shock raid of their bitter rivals Liverpool for striker Daniel Sturridge when the window re-opens in January, and although it may be a bit ambitious, there are good reasons why the Reds may want to cash in.
The 28-year-old ticks all the boxes for Everton and it was reported by the Newcastle Chronicle in the summer that Liverpool were offering him out to other clubs – including cash-strapped Newcastle United – as they looked to thin out their top-heavy squad.
Across spells with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, the England international has scored 74 goals in 112 Premier League starts, a figure that shows that if he became a regular first-team starter at Goodison Park, he would surely hit near enough 20 goals per season.
He may be a bit on the expensive side for Everton, with Liverpool perhaps being reluctant to sell to a direct rival, but the lure of potentially staying in European football after Christmas and not having to move house may sound like quite a good idea for Sturridge.
The Toffees cannot wait too long before making some kind of change because it could seriously derail all the effort they have gone to for them to catch up to the top six Premier League sides.
The signing of Sturridge would be a massive statement made to the rest of the league and at the same time, potentially save Koeman his job.