Stan Collymore explains the two positions Everton need to strengthen for Champions League qualification

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Collymore believes Everton still need to sign two more players.

Speaking to talkSPORT, former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has claimed that Everton still need to sign two more players if they are to become a team who can compete for Champions League football.

He said: “If I’m being greedy - as an Evertonian - I want a top quality keeper. Tim Howard is a bit erratic. And I want another top quality central defender. [Ramiro] Funes Mori has done alright, [Phil] Jagielka is good, but [John] Stones alongside a top quality centre-half means they would not be a million miles away from knocking on the door of the Champions League.”

Collymore suggests that a top quality goalkeeper and centre-back are needed to push their team to the next level, and it is hard to disagree with the former striker.

Tim Howard started the season in especially questionable form, and although he has improved in recent weeks, there is still a sense that a mistake or act of craziness is not too far away. He is also 36-years-old, and whilst a keeper can play into their 40s, a top quality long-term replacement goalkeeper would not go amiss at Goodison Park.

The need for a new centre-back is not as obvious, but it is clear how much better John Stones is than his teammates when they line up together.

Jagielka is not the force he once was, and is currently suffering an injury, whilst Ramiro Funes Mori arrived on Merseyside with a questionable reputation which he has only slightly proven was not all true.

Still, much like Howard, Funes Mori seems to be culpable to mistakes every now and again, and it has been proven that being defensively secure is needed if a team is to make a realistic push for the top four and the Champions League football this brings.

Everton have one of the most promising squads in the Premier League right now, but there are clear areas in the team that need improving if the Toffees are to realistically push for Champions League football.

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