When Nikica Jelavić came to Everton smack dab in the middle of yet another hotly contested Premier League season, he responded by absolutely tearing up the stat sheet with nine league and 11 overall goals in just half a season.
Jelavić's recent success with The Toffees shows that a striker with a knack for putting the ball in the back of the net can exceed expectations when brought into a nearly complete Everton's unit.
But aside from Jelavić, who on the current roster has the abilities to carry the scoring responsibilities should injuries rear their ugly head?
Victor Anichebe and Denis Stracqualursi are two currently rostered bench players that have proven themselves useful, despite the limited minutes on the pitch. But, neither would be mentioned in the same sentence as a proven player of the caliber as someone such as Fulham's Clint Dempsey.
Marouane Fellaini's play has been crucial to Everton's success, yet he is far from a fully fledged striker that would generate the amount of offense that a player like Dempsey could bring.
While this year's run for Everton ended in heartbreak, another prolific scorer with fantastic vision and a scoring eye could become quite the asset.
Thus, it would be wise to add the necessary fire power to a unit already with two very skilled players in key positions in Jelavić up front and Fellaini providing the midfield support. Add in someone with the technical skills of Dempsey, and Everton would have an extremely well-rounded offensive unit.
The crafty forward has just one year left on his Fulham contract and reports link The Toffees smack dab in the middle of a what could potentially turn out to be a bidding war for arguably one of the top American players in the Premier League today.
A bidding war with teams like Arsenal and Tottenham is something Everton in its current state may not be able to compete with, unless they are able to shop some players to shave the necessary cap space.
While Dempsey currently plays on the American national team with Everton squad members in Landon Donovan and Tim Howard, perhaps they will be able to pry their fellow countrymen away from his current expiring deal?
Only time will tell, but if Everton starts unloading some of its higher paid talent—expect a move for Dempsey or a player of his caliber to become a reality.
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