Thursday, 6 January 2011

Everton need a striker

When Louis Saha smashed the ball into the bottom left corner last night against Spurs David Moyes must have wondered why his strikers cannot deliver that kind of finishing every game. The toffees currently positioned 11th in the league have only scored 23 goals this season with their strikers contributing 4 of those; indeed without the prolific Tim Cahill they could find themselves in real trouble.

David Moyes has been in charge since 2002 and has made continual efforts to strengthen his front line. He has bought James Beattie, Andy Johnson, Louis Saha and Yakubu in an attempt to find someone to score the goals needed to take them onto the next level. He even added Jermaine Beckford in the summer in an attempt to provide this threat. All have failed to varying degrees, although many of these failures have been due to continued injury rather than lack of ability.

Moyes has been terrific at Everton and is rightly considered one of the best up and coming managers in the country. It will be interesting to see how long he remains in Merseyside with many suitors interested in his services. He has managed to build a very strong side with a strong defence, a combative yet creative midfield and has guided Everton to a top 4 finish in 2004/5. If he could add a top class striker we could see Everton becoming the main team on Merseyside.

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