If only Everton could call on a striker as ruthless as Cedric Bakambu right now. Villarreal’s Congolese powerhouse has thumped eight goals in nine La Liga games so far in 2017/18 – scoring on average every 93 minutes.
Everton in contrast, have hit the net just seven times in ten Premier League fixtures altogether with just two members of The Toffees’ expensively assembled squad, Wayne Rooney and Oumar Niasse, getting on the scoresheet.
The Merseysiders won’t want reminding, then, that they tried to sign Bakambu in the summer. The Mirror reported that they saw the £25 million-rated striker as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
On current form, Everton would not have missed the talismanic Belgian all that much with the pacey, powerful and prolific Bakambu leading the line.
The 26-year-old is merciless in the penalty area, shifting the ball out of his feet and lashing shots with such ferocity that opposition goalkeepers can hardly react before the ball flashes past.
Bakambu even scored his first ever La Liga hat-trick in the 3-0 thrashing of Eibar recently. And he appears to be going from strength to strength in a Villarreal side that plays to his strengths with countless clever through balls from the creative supporting cast.
In short, Bakambu combines the speed and power of Dominic Calvert-Lewin with the movement of Sandro Ramirez and the dead-eyed finishing of Wayne Rooney.
Though, after Bakambu inked a new contract with Villarreal until 2022 in July, according to Football Espana, Everton’s next manager must try and unearth his own lethal centre-forward from the options at his disposal.