Exclusive: Darren Bent claims Everton duo causing Silva 'Real problem' at Goodison Park

Darren Bent claims that Everton manager Marco Silva has a “real issue” on his hands when it comes to his striker options at Goodison Park.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England forward says that goals have been a serious problem for the Toffees this season and that their natural centre-forward options are struggling to make the desired impact.

Having seen Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean all play in the League Cup win over Watford, only the Brazilian remained in the starting XI for the Premier League draw versus Tottenham.

Bent says that Richarlison’s ability to play either out wide or as a centre-forward means he is almost guaranteed a place in the side but that Kean and Calvert-Lewin’s desire to operate as a striker is causing the manager a dilemma.

Bent told Football Insider: “The only thing about that is Richarlison who can naturally play out wide or down the middle but then you’ve got Moise Kean and Calvert-Lewin who both want to play centre-forward.

“Neither of them really want to play wide, that situation strikes me as a real issue for Everton because I don’t think they can score enough goals to compete, especially at the highest, highest level. That’s an area they need to address.”

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Everton have netted just 11 times in the Premier League this season, only four other teams in the top flight having a worse record in front of goal.

Calvert-Lewin has been the Toffees’ top scorer in their league games with three goals, Richarlison and Bernard the only other two players to have struck more than once.

In other Everton news, Paul Robinson has ripped into Silva for wasting a “brilliant” talent at his disposal.