Everton loanee Traore should stay on Merseyside despite injury

Lacina Traore

After suffering an injury that could see him out of Everton's side for a few weeks, if Lacina Traore wants to play, he won't find it easy if he goes back to Monaco.

Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore arrived on loan at Everton with an injury to one of his hamstrings, and an injury he has picked up to the other leg could see his loan move scraped and the striker having to return to Monaco.

However, if Traore wants game-time, no matter how bad the injury, he should remain at the Merseyside club for the rest of the season, as he will find it very difficult to get any such opportunities at the Stade Louis II this season.

At the start of the campaign, Monaco were expected to play with one up-front, not a problem when that one player is Colombian Radamel Falcao.

The former Porto and Atletico striker had a good start in France, scoring seven goals in his first seven games. Then he hit the speed bumps. His performances were never fantastic, but he was hitting the back of the net, so the criticism was muted. He then went seven games without a goal and pressure duly increased.

Luckily, at the same time, 23-year-old Emanuel Riviere was enjoying his best ever start to a season, scoring six goals in seven games. He now has nine this campaign eclipsing his best return in a season with only 22 games played.

He managed to convince Claudio Ranieri to change his tactics, with the Italian going with two up front for most of the first half of the season. Monaco were so reliant on the goal-scoring duo that it was not until the eighth game of the season that someone other than the strike duo found the back of the net.

During Falcao's poor run of form, there was the now infamous incident when he was substituted after 63 minutes against Nantes.

The shocked look on his face said it all, the Colombian was not used to this at all. It was deserved, and the Colombian did not play again for five games. An injury was given as the reason, but it may have been nothing more than a bruised ego.

To add insult to injury, his replacement, 18-year-old French forward Anthony Martial, took full advantage. He played a part in Monaco's winner against Nantes and then added goals against Rennes and Guingamp, his stock rising as Falcao's was under question.

Unfortunately the young French forward picked up an injury and has missed five of the last seven games, but his future at ASM is definitely very bright.

Last season's Ligue 2 hero, Valerie Germain, has stepped into the front-line and played very well, even keeping new boy Dimitar Berbatov to a cameo role from the bench. Germain is the hard-working, industrius type of striker that you need when teams dig in against you. Something that Berbatov has never really excelled at.

Berbatov was a last minute panic signing just after Falcao badly injured his knee. Ranieri reportedly did not want the Bulgarian to come in, backing up the faith he has in his current strike force.

Lacina Traore has never pulled on the famous red-and-white Monaco jersey, and the way the current forwards are playing, there is a good chance it will be some time before he does.

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