By Dan Carter

19th Sep, 2023 | 9:10pm

Everton transfer decision justified as Tom Cannon injury woes continue

While Everton searched for a new striker for most of the summer transfer window, very little suggestion was made that Tom Cannon could be the man to fire the Toffees to safety.

Youssef Chermiti and Beto joined the ranks at Goodison Park while the 20-year-old was a target for what seemed like half the Championship before making the switch to Leicester City on deadline day for a fee of £7.5 million [Leicestershire Live, 2 September].

Having impressed for Preston North End in the second half of the 2022/23 campaign, scoring eight goals in 20 Championship appearances and even appearing in the Toffees’ Premier League defeat to Wolves, some were unhappy he’d been allowed to depart Goodison Park permanently.

However, that decision seems to have been justified, with Leicester boss Enzo Maresca admitting the forward remains out with a stress fracture.

Speaking told BBC Radio Leicester, as reported by BBC Sport (19 September) he said: “We found a problem when he signed. At the moment he is not even training with us, so it will be quite long-term I guess. We still don’t know how long. He didn’t train any sessions with us.

“Because it is a long-term investment it doesn’t mean we don’t need him now, but we prefer to be careful with that and make all the checks that we need to do.”

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Given Everton’s dire financial situation, the Toffees needed money quickly towards the end of the transfer window and selling Cannon raised some much-needed funds.

The 20-year-old would have been no use to Sean Dyche’s side currently with a stress fracture and with the addition of Beto at Goodison, he would have likely only been utilised from the bench rather than starting week in and week out.

While there is every chance that the Toffees will live to regret their decision, should Cannon hit the ground running when he returns to fitness at The King Power Stadium, until then it looks as though Everton have made a rare financially sensible decision.

Hopefully, the striker and Leicester City aren’t swapping places in the Premier League and Championship come the end of the season.

In other Everton news, Stephen Warnock was left in a rage following a clash between Beto and William Saliba