By Joe Ellis

5th Aug, 2022 | 2:40pm

Everton board could be prompted to make striker signing - BBC pundit

Frank Lampard faces an Everton selection dilemma against Chelsea with his only senior striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, out of the clash through injury.

The Toffees are without a backup number nine after Richarlison was sold to Tottenham Hotspur and with Salomon Rondon still suspended after a red card towards the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

Ex-Everton striker James McFadden thinks that this desperate situation could see Kevin Thelwell and Farhad Moshiri be forced into taking action in the transfer market.

“You can guarantee there are moves being made to get people in,” McFadden said on the BBC Football Daily Podcast. “Is that in the shape of a loan from another Premier League team? Will they going to let the player go before they’ve got a replacement?

“This is what happens in a transfer window. You identify targets and ask ‘are they available?’ They might be but the selling club need a replacement and you then have to wait.

“It might even prompt the board to say ‘you’ve been identifying a type of player and the money is there now so we have to do it now’.

“I don’t know the reasons why there hasn’t been a striker brought in but I’m pretty sure there is a list of players Frank wants.”

No hesitation

Lampard and Evertonians everywhere are tired of having to play the waiting game on the transfers front now and the club have to realise that and start being a little bit more decisive.

A number of targets have gone to other clubs because Everton have either not been able to afford a move or have been so indecisive that they haven’t made an effort at all.

That has to stop immediately because Dele Alli is not someone who can play as a striker for more than a couple of games with any kind of success or consistency.

The manager may be forced into that choice when Chelsea come to Merseyside on Saturday with only Nathan Broadhead and Tom Cannon left as natural strikers at the club and neither is ready to play Premier League football.

If nothing is done before the transfer window slams shut, Everton will have to prepare themselves for another tough season in which survival will be a great success.