Currently: Louis Saha, Jermaine Beckford, Victor Anichebe, Apostolos Vellios, Yakubu, (Tim Cahill, Magaye Gueye).
Players most likely to move on: Yakubu, James Vaughan (sold).
Arrivals? Two strikers.
Likely targets? Nicklas Bendtner, Jay Bothroyd, Miroslav Klose, Gervinho, Danny Welbeck, Craig Mackail-Smith, DJ Campbell, Carlton Cole, Pablo Osvaldo, Demba Ba, Shane Long.
Everton’s striking options have looked increasingly barren for a couple of years now. Louis Saha had a particularly frustrating past season. He did manage to feature in almost 30 games, a quantity not often associated with the Frenchman, due to his uncanny knack of breaking down with injuries.
Despite this, Saha was sterile in front of goal until January, which meant he had suffered a goal drought in the Premier League stretching back to February 2010, almost a whole year! He eventually went on a mini mid-season scoring spree, and did finish with 10 goals, with seven in the league. However, with four coming in one game, it depicts just how much of a shabby season overall it was for Saha, considering the talent he possesses.
Jermaine Beckford could have been the top scorer in the Premier League. That is, if he had never been substituted, and played every minute. With his goals-per-minute ratio, he would have racked up just over 21 goals(!) Of course this just a fantasy, but his endeavours were impressive, considering where he was playing 12 months ago. Beckford was often hauled off prematurely due an inadequate offering, but this was to be expected such was the speed of his transition to the EPL. His 10 goal haul should be commended, and he will only improve on it next season.
When it comes to other options up front, Everton are desperately short. James Vaughan has just left, and Victor Anichebe, as discussed, now seems destined to be a winger. He has scored just 12 goals in almost 120 appearances, almost 50 of them starts, and this transition to winger seems to be as much for the fact that he is increasingly futile in front of goal as it is to utilise his strength and power in other areas of the pitch.
As for Yakubu, he will be sold for whatever Everton can get, although he causes Everton a slight conundrum: his lofty wage demands are scaring away many potential suitors. The Nigerian has never rediscovered his scoring touch since his horrific injury suffered at Spurs a couple of years ago, his one goal in 15 appearances will surely be the last statistic he records for Everton. With Everton’s obvious lack of options up front, fans can expect at least two additions here.
Everton very much need a big target man to hold up play, and offer something different to the strikers currently at Moyes' disposal. Jay Bothroyd has been heavily linked, rumoured to have already visited Goodison Park, whilst there have been rumblings of a move for Nicklas Bendtner.
If Bothroyd, or another target man is sought, then somebody else with a bit more youth, spark and speed will have to be found. If possible, this is where Everton may look to use money raised from an offloaded player, and seek some star quality here. Although stars are hard to find, especially given the frequent lack of funds at Everton, there have been snippets suggesting management may have some surprising plans here.
Rumours of a Premier League club bidding £12 million for Yannick Djalo, of Sporting Lisbon, have been linked to Everton. Djalo has been heavily scouted by David Moyes in the past.
Additionally, Everton is alleged to have made a bid for Gervinho, but he reportedly turned down the Toffees in favour of Newcastle. Miroslav Klose is another name believed to have visited Goodison Park in the past couple of weeks, whilst Danny Welbeck has also been linked. With money raised from a handful of departures, it would not be too surprising for Everton to buy a couple of strikers, with one in the £10-£15 million range. Watch this space.