With a quarter of the season gone, the feel good factor is certainly in full swing at Goodison Park and one of the key contributors to this has been none other than our on loan Belgian star Romelu Lukaku. With 5 goals so far, he is already well on the way to becoming one of Everton’s most prolific strikers for many a year.
Yet amidst the short-term happiness, there is a worrying long-term issue. It is clear that come the end of the season, even if Lukaku would want to stay at Everton, he will likely be returning to his parent club Chelsea. Realistically Everton won’t ever be able to afford him in the future, so the only thing that can be done this season is sit back and watch him bang in the goals.
But as is ever the way with football, it is hard to ignore what the future holds. The media seem set on following Lukaku very closely this year and the subject of Lukaku is also one that consistently dominates the ale house talk of Evertonians. Preferably, the attitude to adopt with regards to the Lukaku situation is to just enjoy Everton possessing one of the future stars of world football whilst the moment lasts. However even the staunchest Blues may admit that this issue, even if it’s just ever so slightly, is eating away at the back of their minds.
The collective media have already begun to suggest that Roberto Martinez will look to address the issue in January with a number of strikers linked with a winter move to Goodison Park.The main question remains should Everton deal with the problem now or in the summer?
First of all we have to consider whether it would be worth bringing in another top striker during January. Whether we possess the funds to spend big or not in the next window remains to be seen, but Martinez’ tactic of employing only one striker up front is so far proving a success. It is highly doubtful that Martinez would tinker with a successful system to accommodate a new striker and although it is realistic to imagine that Lukaku is likely to suffer a drop in form at some point, it is also unlikely that Martinez would rotate him through the second half of the season for the sake of accommodating any new striking addition.
However a problem for Everton is the current lack of back up striking options. Something to consider is whether Everton can ever truly find someone of equal ability to Lukaku and if they did, whether they could afford them?
With Apostolos Vellios missing, Arouna Kone enduring a torrid start to his Everton career and Nikica Jelavic sadly seeming to have lost his scoring touch, the Blues certainly need to strengthen in this area. Should Everton be looking to strengthen in this department as soon as January? It is probably too early to judge Kone, and I still cling to the hope that Jelavic will somehow come good. The names of Jordan Ayew and Filip Đorđević of Ligue 1 have already been touted as potential signing for Everton, but I don’t profess to know much about either of these players and I won’t use YouTube to justify why we should sign them.
Maybe specific names are not too important right now, but it will be interesting to know the general opinion of Everton fans. Should we look to strengthen now or in the summer? And if so can we even hope to fill the void Lukaku is going to leave? Do you have any suggestions as to who we should sign?