Everton were crying out for a powerful presence in attack once Romelu Lukaku completed his £75 million move to Manchester United in the summer transfer window, as reported by the BBC.
Their failure to sign a single out-and-out centre forward during an otherwise promising recruitment drive, however, has not only let The Toffees blunt in attack but has also rendered the set-piece threat of club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson rather moot.
Why Everton did not do more, then, to re-unite Sigurdsson with his old Swansea City sparring partner Fernando Llorente is anyone’s guess. ESPN reported in the final hours of deadline day that the Merseysiders had joined the race for the 6ft 4ins Spaniard but, at that point, a much-anticipated move to Tottenham Hotspur was on the verge of completion.
The fact that Everton only made their move at the 11th hour for a striker not only perfect for their style of play but seemingly angling for a move since January is nothing sort of baffling.
Far too late
The partnership between creator Sigurdsson and goalscorer Llorente was undoubtedly the primary reason why South Wales is still being represented in the Premier League this season, after all. Many of the former Juventus and Athletic Club’s 15 top flight goals last season were the culmination of a sublime dead-ball delivery from The Swans' one-time Icelandic talisman.
And with Llorente making just two substitute appearences in the league since completing his £12 million move to Spurs, per The Sun, you wonder whether the veteran striker himself would have been better off at Goodison Park.
After all, he will know that he has a better chance locating the Holy Grail than taking Harry Kane’s place in the starting XI. At Everton, however, Llorente could have been the main man in a team that plays to his strengths.
For now, however, both he and Sigurdsson are in danger of being wasted.