Everton has boosted themselves out of the relegation spot onto the 10th place of the Premier League with 2 wins and a crucial draw against Liverpool at Anfield. Sam Allardyce’s appointment has sparked an immediate change in the Everton side judging by their recent performances.
According to Daily Mail, he is currently looking for a striker to add to the squad and take some of the pressure off their leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney. He is considering three strikers he has previously worked with – Jermain Defoe, Andy Caroll and Christian Benteke.
Rooney, at a ripe age of 32, is still clearly the first choice to lead the attack for Allardyce but the heavy responsibility he bears for the club might not bode well for his health in the long term. Allardyce stated that he needs to hit the 50 goal mark by the end of the season in order to make their way up the points table.
The English marksman came to West Ham United under Allardyce, who implemented him as a lone striker up front. The former Liverpool striker still plays for the Hammers and has the netted the ball 30 times in 123 appearances for them.
With only 8 appearances for the side this season and only making the bench in the weekend fixture against Chelsea, it might be time for the 28-year-old to think about the prospects of reuniting with his former manager. His aerial threat in the box will be well suited with Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurðsson behind him supplying him with key passes.
In the 2015-16 season, Allardyce relied heavily on the goal scoring talents of Jermain Defoe while managing Sunderland, and ended the season with an escape from relegation. After his stint at Sunderland and a short period as England national team boss, “Big Sam” was appointed as the Crystal Palace manager on 23 December 2016. He helped the Eagles out of the relegation battle too with the help of Benteke as his leading striker who scored 15 goals in 36 appearances in the 2016-17 season.
While Defoe might not be his youthful self, he still possesses qualities not many can boast of. His poacher like instincts in the box with years of Premier League experience might just be exactly what the Toffees need right now. Although he has scored the ball only once in 12 League outings in his current campaign, he still has a season or two left in him. Allardyce can extract that last bit of football out of him while switching with Rooney on certain matches.
The Belgian Ace is yet to find the back of the net for the Eagles this season, who are currently sitting in the last spot of the points table with only 10 goals to their name. Ever since his return to his former club from Liverpool, he has failed to regain his form and might be on the lookout for a possible change.
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