By Aramide Oladipo
Stan Collymore believes that Everton should have attempted to land Tottenham summer signing Fernando Llorente during the transfer window.
The 32-year-old completed a deadline day transfer to the North London club from fellow Premier League rivals Swansea City for a reported fee of £15million.
The Spaniard enjoyed a fine debut campaign in the English top-flight last season, notching up 15 goals and helping the Swans maintain Premier League survival.
Llorente scored the only goal in Swansea’s 1-0 victory over Everton at the Liberty Stadium in May.
The striker is currently being deployed as the second-choice striker behind Spurs talisman Harry Kane.
Writing in his column for the Mirror, former Liverpool player Collymore is adamant that Llorente would have been a good replacement to replace Romelu Lukaku’s goals.
“They sold Romelu Lukaku then fleshed out the squad rather than making it a priority to replace him,” he wrote.
“It’s impossible to take 24, 25 goals a season out of a side and not pay a price for it.
“But a Fernando Llorente, an Olivier Giroud or a Christian Benteke should have been their No.1 target after letting the big Belgian go.
“Llorente might say he’s in with a chance of winning something at Tottenham and Giroud is obviously settled at Arsenal.
“That shows a bit of naivety on Everton’s behalf and even though Koeman, Steve Walsh and the board worked to get a striker they don’t appear to have gone hard enough.”
Whilst Lukaku has shone in the early stages of his career with Manchester United, the Toffees have struggled in front of goal this season.
Ronald Koeman’s side have only scored four Premier League goals this season and summer signings Gylfi Sigurdsson, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen have failed to find the back of the net.
New recruit Wayne Rooney and Oumar Niasse are currently the joint top goalscorers at the club with 3 strikes a piece in all competitions.
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