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Do Everton need a new striker ?

With the transfer deadline fast approaching, and Everton getting their season underway with three draws, they might want to invest in another striker to convert opportunities into goals.

With the last day of transfer activity underway, a lot of focus is on Everton and in particular Marouanne Fellaini. But one position where Everton may feel they need to strengthen most, irrespective of what happens to Fellaini, is up front.

Having opened up the Premier League season with three draws in three games, Everton have bemoaned the fact they have dominated possession, but all that possession has yet to turn into goals.

Everton lack a cutting edge according to many - Nikica Jelavic hasn’t built on the early promise, and Arouna Kone seems to be being used as an impact player from the bench (without much impact).

With it looking likely that Fellaini will be following David Moyes to Old Trafford, should the club be looking to strengthen in the final third of the pitch ? It’s evident that it's a problem area for Everton, with none of their goals this season coming from a striker.

The Belgian should command a sizeable fee for the club, and with Everton primed to signed James McCarthy, will there be any left over for Roberto Martinez to get a striker ? And does he even acknowledge that Everton need another one, especially as it looks as if Victor Anichebe is also heading towards the Everton exit door.

What would be ideal for the club is if Jelavic can rediscover the form which helped fire Everton to the FA Cup semi-final in 2012. But a team can’t rely on one man to supply the goals, and if Everton were to bring in another striker, the weight of expectation on Jelavic’s shoulders could be lighter, and may allow him to relax and rediscover some of his best form.

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