Everton made a number of signings in the summer transfer window, including forward Wayne Rooney, attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. On the other hand, Romelu Lukaku’s departure to Old Trafford served as a smack in the face for the Toffees. The Belgium international striker scored 25 goals in the Premier League last term and 18 in the season before.
It was always going to be hard for Everton to replace a player of Lukaku’s quality. By the look of it he is not a two-season wonder too: five goals in five appearances in the Premier League for the Red Devils already this season.
However, the Toffees failed to address the issue of the gaping hole that Lukaku left behind, and this is one of the main reasons they are struggling at the moment. Sandro Ramirez and Nikola Vlasic have no Premier League experience while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is too young and raw. Yes, the Toffees tried to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the summer transfer window, but it is hard to imagine the France international swapping London for Liverpool.
One player that Everton should have tried to sign is Radamel Falcao. True, the former Atletico Madrid striker struggled during his loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea in 2014-15 and 15-16 respectively, but he has since revived his career and is back placing the ball neatly into the net on a regular basis. The 31-year-old helped Leonardo Jardim’s side to the title last season with 21 goals and five assists in 22 Ligue 1 appearances.
Faclao has started the 2017-18 campaign strongly too – nine league goals so far. The Colombia international’s form is one of the main reasons Monaco are second favourites behind Paris Saint-Germain to clinch the championship title, according to the latest odds on Oddschecker.
The striker committed his long-term future to Monaco in June when he extended his contract. Lukaku was still on Everton’s books at the time, but everyone could sense that he was going to leave Goodison Park, either for Chelsea or, as he eventually did, Manchester United. It would have been wise of the Toffees to make a move for Falcao then.
The former Atletico striker did not play well during his two seasons in England, but that was mainly due to the fact that he had just arrived in the Premier League on the back of a long-term injury. Some players take a while to completely become fit after a long-term fitness problem.
With Falcao now fully fit and back to his best, he would have been a great addition to the current Everton side.