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Which strikers could transform Everton into a top six side?



A player liked van Nistelrooy could really have an effect on Everton's top six chancesA side that beat their rivals Liverpool to fourth place six years ago seemed destined for great things under David Moyes. But since then, they have never mounted another serious challenge for Champions League qualification. Everton currently lie tenth in the Premier League table. Their problem, unfortunately, is a severe lack of cash. Moyes has largely been restricted to free signings or dipping into the loan market. One area where Everton are undoubtedly short of quality is their forwards. No player has reached double figures in the league, and Tim Cahill, an attacking midfielder, has more than any recognised forward with nine.

Everton would benefit from having an athletic front man, who is able to play on his own and bring others into play. In a dream world, Luis Fabiano would fit the bill. Not only has he been rumoured to be keen on a move to England, but he has been in and out of Sevilla’s side this year. On top of this, he has not been picked for recent Brazil squads and a fresh start may help kick-start his career. Fabiano can finish with feet or head, link up play, while his pace his electrifying. We all saw what he can do last summer, and these qualities are exactly what Everton need. However, this move may be beyond Everton’s financial powers.

If so, Ruud van Nistlerooy has recently said that he will not renew his Hamburg contract when it runs out this summer. Blackburn have already expressed their interest in the former Dutch international, but it strikes me that he would probably prefer a move to Everton than a team in a dog-fight against relegation! With David Moyes’ reputation as a manager, and a vastly stronger team, there is no doubt in my mind as to which side I would rather play for. His finishing is still excellent, while his guile and intelligence should not be underestimated. Van Nistlerooy is not quite the same player as when he was at Man United, but would make a big difference, without doubt.

Another man who has the potential to succeed for the Toffees is Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard. He may not be a big name, and there would be risks involved, as he has not yet played in the top flight. Jermaine Beckford was also hyped up hugely and is yet to really deliver for his new club. As an avid City fan myself, though, I can tell you with first-hand experience that Maynard has what it takes to thrive at the top level. After coming back from an eight month injury, he has scored four times in four starts, and this has not gone unnoticed, to the dismay of all Robins! Maynard has pace, movement, the ability to finish, and an unbelievable work-rate. Importantly, he would be available for a cut price, as his contract expires next year and City would be extremely reluctant to stand the chance of losing him for nothing. Everton, however, should jump at the opportunity.

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