So the task falls now on Sam Allardyce to find Everton a new first-choice centre-forward in the January transfer window.
Ronald Koeman, Steve Walsh and co failed to bring in an adequate replacement for Romelu Lukaku over the summer and while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse have their uses, neither has really done enough to fully convince this season.
But with Diafra Sakho looking likely to leave West Ham in the New Year, could Allardyce be tempted to reunite with a striker who enjoyed the most impressive season of his career under the 63-year-old tactician?
It was Allardyce who took a punt on Sakho in 2014, bringing him to England from Ligue 2 outfit Metz. By October, the signing already looked an inspired one.
Sakho became the first player since Micky Quinn back in 1992 to score in his maiden six starts in the Premier League, winning the Player of the Month award for October while Allardyce took home the manager’s gong.
Thanks largely to injuries, Sakho hasn’t quite found that same form since Allardyce left, however. But The Mail claim that West Ham may be willing to listen to offers of £12 million for the Senegalese hitman, who has been surprisingly liked with Championship pace-setters Cardiff City.
And while Sakho would be something of an underwhelming addition for an Everton side linked with Olivier Giroud, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and co, the 27-year-old could be an excellent option in The Toffees’ squad if Allardyce could get the best out of him again.