By Sam Stone

8th Aug, 2022 | 11:45am

Tony Cascarino: Everton are not competitive in the Premier League

Tony Cascarino has hit out at Everton suggesting their lack of cutting edge means they aren’t competitive in the Premier League after their defeat to Chelsea.

Jorginho’s penalty at the end of the first half was the difference as Thomas Tuchel’s side left Goodison Park with all three points.

Everton had their chances, but Cascarino feels their lack of a proper striker was there for all to see.

Talking on talkSPORT (7 August), he said: “If there’s a club that is screaming out for a centre forward it’s Everton.

“Dominic Calvert-Lewin being injured is a massive issue for them.

“Even if he’s fit Everton are still desperately short in the striking department and I don’t think Chelsea were fearful at all of them scoring.

“Everton are not competitive at all.”

He added: “I feel sorry for Frank Lampard on this one because he’s taken over a club that are clearly in a bad period.

“They’re like a wounded animal in the Premier League.”

Positive signs

Even though the Toffees succumbed to an opening day defeat to Chelsea, there were plenty of positive signs to suggest Everton can compete in a higher portion of the Premier League this season.

If Frank Lampard can add a striker to Everton’s ranks and ensure that they compete in games like they did yesterday, there’s every chance the Toffees could be successful this season.

Everton have been passive when it comes to landing a striker and it feels as if the club are so intent on not repeating past mistakes that they’ve become far too slow in the market.

It feels as if it’s pretty black and white for Everton at the moment, with their season seemingly hanging on them signing a striker this summer.

If Everton don’t land a suitable frontman then they could well be in for another long season with a severe lack of goals becoming a problem.

Let’s hope Lampard gets a deal over the line for a striker, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s untimely injury causing the club further issues.

The Daily Mail revealed (6 August) that Everton are looking at Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic and that is a move that the club should certainly be looking into to solve their forward issues.