Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti may be tempted to sign attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window, according to Darren Bent.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker claimed there was a big drop-off between Everton’s first-choice front three and their replacements.

Ancelotti has selected Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez to lead the line in all games they have been available for so far this season.

However, Richarlison will miss the Toffees’ game against Newcastle United on Sunday as he is currently serving a three-game suspension.

Rodriguez will also be unavailable for the visit to St. James’ Park because of injury.

In Richarlison’s absence last week Alex Iwobi started on the wing in their 2-0 defeat to Southampton but was replaced at half-time by Bernard.

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Asked by Football Insider what he made of Ancelotti’s other attacking options, Bent said: “I don’t mind Bernard, I think he’s OK. At times in certain situations looks good.

“You know what you’re going to get with Alex Iwobi. He works hard, tries really hard but the quality, unfortunately, is not there in the final third.

“When you do lose Richarlison or Dominic Calvert-Lewin or James Rodriguez the replacements aren’t there yet.

“That’s maybe an area that Ancelotti will have to look at.

“Listen if you had offered them where they are at the minute at the start of the season, they would have snapped your hand off.”

Everton’s front three have scored 11 goals and provided five assists between them in the Premier League this season.

Calvert-Lewin has netted 10 times in all competitions already this campaign and he only needs five more goals to level his tally from last season.

In other news, Paul Robinson has questioned the attitude of an Everton 20-year-old after a dazzling display.