‘Everton need another top striker to compete in the top six’, says former manager Sam Allardyce
Everton may have proven their attacking potential in Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Manchester United, but Sam Allardyce believes they still need to sign a top striker to break into the Premier League’s top six.
The Toffees produced perhaps their best performance of the season as they thrashed the Red Devils at Goodison Park, with four different players on the scoresheet.
Brazilian ace Richarlison showed once again why he is Marco Silva’s main man with a stunning overhead kick to open the scoring, with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott subjecting a downbeat United to their fifth straight defeat away from home.
The victory lifted Everton up to seventh place, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are 15 points ahead in sixth.
Still, it’s progress for the Merseyside club, although former manager Allardyce believes the Toffees need more firepower to really start challenging with the Premier League’s top sides.
“Everton were fantastic against Manchester United and it’s really put them on a high to end the season,” he said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“But, if you look at where Everton need to be, they need another top centre forward.
“If you want to finish in the top six, which is what Everton fans are sort of demanding at the moment, then they need to find a striker who is going to get 15 or 20 goals a season.
“And not only is that a hard job, it’s one of the most expensive jobs in the game today.”
But, Big Sam has given a glowing assessment of young striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and hopes he can start leading the line for the Toffees next season.
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The 22-year-old has established himself as a regular in the Everton side this term and ahead of the United clash, he even said he is confident he will soon be ‘competing alongside Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane’.
The forward has scored just 17 goals in 90 appearances for the Toffees so far, but Allardyce is expecting great things from the England Under-21 international.
He added: “Calvert-Lewin has improved immensely this season and next season he might even improve yet again.
“I think he’s a quality player, but he’s still a little short on his goal tally to command that centre forward position on a regular basis.
“But he may do it next season.”
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