Everton wanted to make a mark in the Premier League this season and looked on course to finish among the top six clubs, having made a decent start to their season with six wins from their first 13 matches. However, the recent results have not gone in favour of the Toffees as they have failed to win any of their last four games. 

The main reason for this failure has been the incompetence of the forwards, who have missed a number of opportunities to get the ball into the opposition net. Players like Theo Walcott, Bernard, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have looked far from decent with Richarlison doing the bulk of the scoring. 

However, as per the latest report by Mail Online, the Merseyside club are interested in getting their hands on West Ham United defender Reece Oxford. The report also says that the defender is ready to leave the London Stadium on a permanent basis and Everton might look to take advantage of the situation and bring him to Goodison Park.

The speculated move, however, is certainly not the need of the hour for the Toffees. Marco Silva already has the likes of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma at his disposal and Reece Oxford would have to wait in the wings if he makes a move to the Merseyside Club.

The Portuguese manager does not look like a great believer of the five-man defensive formation so whatever resources Everton have in their defensive department is good enough to keep the four-man backline strong. 

Given the problem the Toffees are facing up front, Silva should turn his attention to securing the signing of a top quality striker who would be able to lead the line. This would allow Richarlison to play in his natural position, i.e., as the wide attacker on the left.

Everton are currently standing in the eighth position and their dream to secure a place in the top six, which was looking like an achievable target with the current crop of players at the start of the season, has suddenly started to fade away.

This is high time for Silva to take some tough decisions and make his priorities clear in front of the board and tell them not to waste money on players who are least needed in the side. Reece Oxford is undoubtedly one of the bright young defenders in the Premier League, but his inclusion in the Everton side is currently unnecessary. Instead, the Toffees should concentrate on maintaining balance in the team and splash the cash to add firepower to their attack in January. 

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