By Abigail Withey 

Jamie Carragher believes that Everton should have focussed on recruiting a new centre-forward rather than signing £45million Gylfi Sigurdsson during the summer transfer window.

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman had an active role in the summer transfer window after he recruited nine new squad members including the likes of Burnley’s Michael Keane, Manchester United goal-machine Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

During the same transfer window the Merseyside club lost their star striker Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United, and despite signing forward Sandro Ramirez, Sky Sports pundit Carragher still believes that Koeman should have made more effort to strengthen his up front.

“I think there is definitely a problem at centre forward for Everton, a huge problem,” the former Liverpool defender said on Monday night’s Sky’s Monday Night Football show.

“I said that when they signed Sigurdsson, I think he’s a good player but centre forwards are what they needed more than anything.”

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Sigurdsson has featured in the Toffees’ three most recent fixtures against Premier League giants Manchester City, where Koeman’s side secured a 1-1 draw, followed by Chelsea and Tottenham which both ended in disappointing defeats.

New centre-forward, Ramirez, is yet to fill Lukaku’s boots as he has failed to score in any of his five appearances across all competitions which suggests that he is still adapting to the English top flight.

While the 22-year-old continues to settle in at Goodison Park, Koeman has the option of using United hitman Rooney up front but could also call on 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a potential centre-forward.

In other Everton news, Manchester United star Juan Mata has delivered his verdict on the Toffees’ summer transfer business. 

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