By Aramide Oladipo
Charlie Nicholas believes that Everton will struggle to score this season unless they sign a centre-forward this summer, but he remains confident that they can still beat Croatian outfit Hajduk Split in the Europa League play-off first-leg.
The former Scotland international believes that the Toffees will secure a 2-0 win at Goodison Park on Thursday night.
The Merseyside club looked fairly comfortable in their return to Europe as they secured a 2-0 aggregate win against Slovakian side Ruzomberok in the summer.
Ronald Koeman’s men also got off to a perfect start in the new Premier League campaign as they defeated Stoke City 1-0 at home thanks to a Wayne Rooney strike on his return to Merseyside.
Writing in his column on the official Sky Sports website, Nicholas feels that Everton will pick up a positive result on Thursday but he has urged manager Koeman to sign a striker in order to improve the team in the attacking third.
“Koeman needs to go out and get another centre-forward because Sandro Ramirez needs a partner,” he said
“They’ll get rid of Ross Barkley and Gylfi Sigurdsson will probably come in but it doesn’t matter because they need more attacking movement as Rooney has the greatest impact playing deeper.
“They were decent at the back and Jordan Pickford was very good on his debut, making some excellent saves, but Everton have not got many goals in them.
“They should have enough to come through here, though, against a side who don’t have much in terms of attacking threats.”
The Toffees have actually failed to score two or more goals in a competitive match since beating Burnley in the Premier League at Goodison Park last season in April.
Everton will be desperate to maintain their unbeaten run in all competitions this season as they look to progress to the Europa League group stages for the first time in three years.