The blue half for Merseyside remains an incomplete puzzle at Goodison Park after fan-favorite and Everton star Richarlison headed south to the capital to join Tottenham under Antonio Conte, and his absence was profoundly felt when Frank Lampard’s men lost 1-0 to Chelsea last weekend in front of home support.
A knee injury suffered by headline striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin has compounded the problem for Lampard, who resorted to utilizing winger Anthony Gordon in a deputizing role at center-forward rather than call upon unreliable Venezuelan international Salomón Rondón.
But with DCL out for at least another month, Everton is desperate to add another number 9 to the senior setup and is now set to turn to Southampton’s Che Adams according to The Daily Mail.
Adams, 26, is said to be open to a fresh start away from the south coast of England and did not feature in Saints’ heavy 4-1 defeat against Tottenham last weekend.
Though Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl has dismissed the notion that Adams is available this window, it is thought that the club is open to offers despite the Austrian’s insistence that Adams is not on the market.
Further reports in The Athletic have linked Everton with interest in a loan move with an option to purchase the Scottish international, with possible interest in other parties set to heat up after Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, and Wolves have all begun to cast their eye on the Leicester-born forward.
The Toffees, to their credit, have tackled other problem areas in the XI this summer after securing deals for Amadou Onana (£30m), Dwight McNeil (£20m), James Tarkowski (free), Conor Coady (loan), and Rúben Vinagre (loan), upgrading multiple positions across the team while focusing on adding quality to the spine after last season’s poor showing at the back.
But the manner in which Everton failed to consistently test Chelsea’s backline last weekend was proof positive that the club needs a natural center-forward to come into the team to re-establish a more credible tactical balance under Lampard.