Everton have yet again found themselves falling into trouble in the Premier League after a poor run of performances have left the Toffees just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Frank Lampard will be frustrated that his team have fallen so far after starting out well with, at one point, the best defensive record in the top flight, but the good form was short-lived and ultimately the lack of attacking prowess in front of goal started to catch up on the team.
After Jamie Carragher branded Everton’s backline a “Championship back four” following a number of humiliating defensive performances last term, the powers at Goodison Park worked hard over the summer to snap up some of the best talents that the club could afford to improve the defence.
Indeed, it was a success with James Tarkowski and Conor Coady developing a solid centre-back partnership that works perfectly with ‘keeper Jordan Pickford too, however, there are now growing concerns at the other end of the pitch.
Following Richarlison’s £60m move to Tottenham Hotspur alongside Dominic Calvert Lewin’s ongoing injury struggles that have seen him sidelined for the vast majority of the last 12 months, it is safe to say that the experience in the forward line has taken a big hit.
In fact, only Wolverhampton Wanderers have scored fewer goals than Everton this campaign which will be extremely disappointing for Lampard who will be desperate to resolve the lack of goals being scored when the transfer market reopens.
One player who could help the manager to get Goodison Park rocking again over the second half of the season is Watford and Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr.
Everton have been linked over the last few days with another move for the Senegalese winger after failing to secure his services in the summer and Lampard needs him now more than ever, especially when you consider the player’s form in the Championship this season.
The Senegalese star – who could cost £30m – has scored six goals, registered four assists and created two big chances, as well as averaging 1.2 successful dribbles and winning 3.9 duels per game over 17 appearances.
In fact, the versatile forward – who was dubbed “outstanding” by Graeme Bailey – has scored 53 goals and registered 42 assists over his career so far with a goal contribution every 180 minutes, proving that he has always been a consistent and reliable performer in front of goal.
With that being said, Lampard should do everything he can to convince the powers at Goodison to deliver a tempting offer to Watford to secure the services of Sarr.
Indeed, his tricky forward play and ability to find the net with great regularity could get the fans on side again, with the Senegal international very much looking like the missing piece of the puzzle.
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