Perry Groves slams Everton for not signing summer Burnley and West Ham United recruits

Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton, Burnley and West Ham United were all in the market for goalscorers this summer.

A general view outside Goodison Park is seen prior to the UEFA Europa League group E match between Everton FC and Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on September 28, 2017 in Liverpool,...

Talksport pundit Perry Groves has questioned why Everton failed to sign a pair of strikers later snapped up by Burnley and West Ham.

All three sides sought to strengthen their goalscoring options in the summer, with Everton eventually settling on Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez.

Neither Rooney or Ramirez could really be considered as traditional number 9s, however, unlike those recruited by Burnley and West Ham.

Discussing Everton's problems this season, former Arsenal winger Groves told Friday's Jim White show (11:12): "The recruitment wasn't great.

"Everybody knows they signed three number 10s, so you're signing decent players but not with a vision of where they are going to fit into your system.

Chris Wood of Burnley scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

"Look at (the Burnley manager, Sean) Dyche, when they lost the lad (Andre) Gray to Watford, he got (Chris) Wood in straight away. So why couldn't Everton have that sort of player in place?

"(Javier) Hernandez went to West Ham, why weren't Everton in for Hernandez if they're looking for a centre forward?

"It looks like there's no cohesive plan."

While Groves may have a point, of the two players he mentions, only Wood (167) can boast a better minutes-per-goal tally than Rooney (191) in this season's Premier League, with Hernandez (208) lagging slightly behind the pair.

Javier Hernandez of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park on October 28, 2017...

Rooney (free) was also considerably cheaper than both Wood and Hernandez, who cost £15 million and £16 million respectively, according to Transfermarkt.

Everton, incidentally, have been linked with a move for Dyche as they seek to replace Ronald Koeman as manager.

Would you have wanted Wood or Hernandez at Everton?

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