For years Everton have struggled to find a prolific goalscorer after Romelu Lukaku left in 2017. The thirst for an instinctive and ruthless goalscorer seems to have been quenched as Dominic Calvert-Lewin is on the way to becoming the one of England’s most dangerous strikers. The Englishman has 18 goals in 27 games this season, we can be trusted to increase his tally as we enter the final quarter of this season.
Now that Calvert-Lewin is flourishing, finding an assistant to the 23-year-old was the order of the day. Everton had options inside Moise Kean and Cenk Tosun. However, Kean left on loan at PSG after his first unsuccessful attempt to settle in Merseyside and Tosun has had its ups and downs. At the start of the season, the Turk was recovering from his ACL injury and on the return had a role of odds and ends.
Fan skepticism about Tosun is justified due to his poor record in the royal blue jersey. Arriving from Besiktas with the hype of being a poacher, 11 goals in 58 games is not a glowing endorsement of his punching abilities. Heading into Euro this summer, the 29-year-old wasn’t ready to play DCL’s supporting role and ventured for an opportunity away from Goodison. Ultimately, he joined Besiktas on loan for the rest of the season.
Everton were extremely rare in the attacking department with only one traditional striker at Calvert-Lewin. With Ancelotti’s men chasing the European dream, having depth in the attacking department was mandatory. The Toffees managed to loan Joshua King from AFC Bournemouth on the transfer deadline day of the winter transfer window.
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The 29-year-old made his Everton debut against Leeds United, entering the game’s climax. King has just made five replacement appearances so far and is eagerly awaiting his first royal blue start.
67 minutes of football since joining the Merseyside blue squad is too little to decide if King has set up well and performed as expected but he showed glimpses of his abilities in the losses to Fulham and Manchester City.
Everton want to sign Joshua King permanently
According to Daily mail, Everton are keen on signing the Norwegian striker on a permanent basis. He arrived on a short loan from the Cherries with the option of extending his stay at Everton on a contract worth £ 5million. Bournemouth has already received an initial loan fee of £ 2million. If reports are to be believed, King’s move to Goodison hints at the summer plan for Tosun and Kean.
Kean is testing new limits at PSG. The club hierarchy like him very much and want to keep him beyond this summer. The finances of the operation seem complex for the moment but with the approach of summer, PSG will try to sign the Italian definitively or possibly offer another loan with an option to buy.
As for Tosun, he is currently on Besiktas’ treatment table. If King’s move is made permanent, Everton could consider selling Kean and Tosun to generate capital. Kean surely has admirers and Tosun is loved in Turkey.
King has had far too little time to impress on the pitch, but the the general consensus of Ancelotti was positive about the striker since his move to Merseyside. The Norway international may soon have his chance to start for Everton as the club travel to West Brom Thursday, which could be Joshua King’s best chance so far to make a surprising impact for the Toffees.