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Wednesday 19 September 2018

New striker is No 1 target for Allardyce

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has emphasised the importance of Everton strengthening their striker department in the January transfer window.

The Merseyside outfit, who sold Romelu Lukaku over the summer, have frequently struggled in terms of goalscoring this season and their last two games have ended 0-0.

It was reported this week they are interested in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

And when asked yesterday about being linked with the 26-year-old Turkey international, Toffees boss Allardyce said: “Him and many others, because we need a frontman if we can find one.

“We would be actively looking for a frontman in this window because I need more goals in the side than we have at the moment.

“As we can all see, we’ve started to struggle to create chances and score goals in recent matches, so it’s still one of the major problems we have at the club.

“We’ve got more penalties than anybody else in the Premier League, which has contributed to a few points. That won’t always happen.

“We need to strengthen in our goalscoring areas, and that’s, for me, new players. Players already here, like Sandro (Ramirez), haven’t picked up the pace of the Premier League.

“I think Oumar (Niasse), while he has scored, hasn’t made a regular place in the Everton side. 

“And young (Dominic) Calvert-Lewin is battling away.

“I think he’s got a bright future, but I don’t think we can rely on him week in and week out at the moment.”

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