By Sam Stone

21st Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Everton likely to be linked with Boulaye Dia should he explode onto World Cup scene

Everton are likely to be linked to Senegal striker Boulaye Dia should the 26-year-old explode onto the scene at the World Cup, according to Dean Jones.

Tutto Salernitana suggested (13 October) Everton had made contact with Villarreal for Dia who is currently on loan at Salernitana.

Dia is about to represent his country in Qatar and it’s been suggested by former Euro Sport and Bleacher Report journalist Jones that Premier League interest could emerge if he hits the goalscoring trail for his country.

“He’s having a solid season on loan at Salernitana from Villarreal and his ability to play off the shoulder and finish one-on-ones means he has real goal potential. He’s got great goal awareness and will really see this as an opportunity to shine,” said Jones (GIVEMESPORT, 2O November).

“Senegal take on the Netherlands on Monday and if Dia does well we can expect links with the likes of West Ham, Leeds and Everton to emerge.”

Needed

To say a striker is desperately needed at Goodison Park is putting it lightly. The Toffees have been short in attack this season, with Neal Maupay failing to get going and Dominic Calvert-Lewin still being hampered by injuries.

Lampard’s tactics haven’t helped. Everton do have a good defensive record, however, in recent weeks that has failed them. It’s all well and good being rigid at the back, and often it’s the hallmark of a successful team, however, when it doesn’t work, it leaves a side open to a lot of criticism.

The recent midseason draw against Celtic was another example of Lampard looking to be defensive before focusing on the attacking side of the game. The Hoops have played in the Champions League, but realistically, they’re miles behind any Premier League club when it comes to finances.

Everton should’ve looked to take the game to Celtic and experiment with new patterns of play going forward. A striker is clearly required, but if Lampard still resorts to defensive tactics, it’s unlikely anything will change any time soon.