Just what Everton needed: £25m striker target Bakambu nets spectacular Europa League winner

Villarreal's forward from DR Congo Cedric Bakambu (L) shoots to score a goal during the Europa League football match Villarreal CF vs FC Astana at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on...

As Everton struggled, summer target Cedric Bakambu shone.

Villarreal's forward from DR Congo Cedric Bakambu (L) shoots to score a goal during the Europa League football match Villarreal CF vs FC Astana at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on...

Everton's transfer activity early in the summer had appeared to point in the direction of Cedric Bakambu, who was touted as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

The Mirror reported Everton held an interest in the £25 million rated striker, but they decided to pass, even though they did not sign a proper replacement for the Belgian.

Last night the forward began to show why snubbing him may have been a mistake.

While Everton toiled away to Atalanta, Bakambu was scoring a crucial goal in an away tie with Astana.

Everton's best chance to sign Bakambu could have already passed them by.

Football Espana reported in July that Bakambu had signed a new deal with Villarreal which would put him under contract intil 2022.

Villarreal's forward from DR Congo Cedric Bakambu celebrates a goal during the Europa League football match Villarreal CF vs FC Astana at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on September 14,...

Last season he scored 11 goals in 17 starts for Villarreal in La Liga, 26 appearances in total. It was not a figure which immediatley suggested £25 million was value for money, but very few players are in this market, as Everton are quickly finding out.

Bakambu's goal last night suggests that Everton would certainly be a stronger side with him leading the line, and the Toffees must make adding a goalscorer a key priority in the upcoming transfer window.

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