Everton have invested wisely during this summer’s transfer window and talented forward options are now plentiful at Goodison. The deals are done, the cash has been spent and Roberto Martinez now has a forward dilemma the envy of many a Premier League manager on his hands.
The obvious major signing of the transfer window has been Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroon international was quite a scoop for Everton with Liverpool amongst the clubs also linked with the 33-year-old.
The ex-Chelsea man’s record reads – one game one goal so far. His goalscoring ability has been brilliant at every club he has been at and he couldn’t have started off any better for the Toffees.
One of Eto’o’s most effective qualities is that he can come on and make an impact from the bench, such was the case against his old club Chelsea in last weekend’s 6-3 thriller. He also doesn’t need a long run of games to be able to net goals such as some other strikers. Eto’o will be an effective card for Martinez to have under his sleeve for the rest of the season.
Romelu Lukaku is one of a number of players that has swapped Stamford Bridge for Goodison Park of late and with the 21-year-old costing the club £28 million he has even more to prove this year than he did whilst on loan from Chelsea.
His talent is undeniable and he shows great promise for the future. Lukaku possesses a grasp of the striker’s role beyond his 21 years and he will prove crucial to Everton’s push for the top four, particularly if he is capable of bettering his 15 goals from last term.
Lukaku and Eto’o may be enough to make defenders’ knees tremble leaving the tunnel, but it’s the Scotsman, Steven Naismith, who has thus far shown the others how the job is done. Three goals in three games for the 27-year-old gives Martinez yet another option to contend with and if Naismith continues his brilliant form much longer, Eto’o may have to settle for appearances from the bench.
Kevin Mirallas offers Martinez yet another option up top, with the Belgian capable of playing in a forward or midfield role. His eight goals last term suggest if given the chance up front he could reward the managers confidence, but with the amount of options the Toffess boss now have he will have tough decisions to make every week.
With Aroune Kone still out following his injury, the 30-year-old could give Martinez another addition to his already complex attacking equation.
This is the kind of problem Martinez will want to have heading into a long season, which includes competing in the Europa League where rotation at certain points of the season will be inevitable as fatigue begins to affect the players.
Samuel Eto’o, Romelu Lukaku, Steven Naismith and co will need to be in their best form every single week to earn a place in Everton’s enviable attack.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.