Noel Whelan claims that Everton need to spend £60million-plus to solve their striker issue after blasting the goalscoring abilities of summer arrival Moise Kean.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United striker says the Italian hitman is not going to be the prolific centre-forward that the Toffees need and that serious spending is needed to find the “missing ingredient”.
Kean arrived at Goodison Park from Italian giants Juventus but is yet to find the back of the net in England after 11 appearances across all competitions.
With Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also struggling to score on a consistent basis, Whelan insists that the club need to splash the cash to sort out the weakest link in Marco Silva’s side.
Whelan told Football Insider: “None of them have really produced yet and they’re still looking for that natural goalscorer. I don’t think any three of those players are. Someone’s got to get you 25.
“Is Richarlison going to do it? No. Is Calvert-Lewin going to do it? No. Is Kean going to do it? Absolutely not. That is the missing ingredient for Everton, a natural goalscorer, someone that’s going to get you 20, 25 goals in a Premier League season.
“That will be the difference between them finishing 10th and 6th. You can’t just build a side and miss out a key ingredient. It’s like cooking isn’t it, miss out a key ingredient, it just doesn’t work. They’ve gone out and got Kean who I don’t think is going to get you 20 goals, he’s not the striker Everton need.
“Bar them spending £60-70million, if they did then that would be the difference and probably would get them near top-six but at the minute I just don’t see any of them three being the answer.”
Kean, a three-cap Italy international, netted eight goals in 21 appearances for Juventus’ senior side during his time in Serie A but has just one assist under his belt during his time at Goodison Park.
He had played in every one of the Toffees’ Premier League matches prior to the defeat to Brighton, all but two of those appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench, but he was left unused against the Seagulls.
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