With the Toffees severely lacking in the striker department this season, which forwards should they consider signing from Russia 2018's group F?
As the end of the season draws closer, the thoughts of fans and managers begin to turn to the summer transfer window; an opportunity to offload players while bringing new faces in to improve the balance of the squad.
This season, Everton's lack of fire power in the forward department has been evident for all to see. Not since last season have they had a striker firing goals in regularly; something Cenk Tosun has started to achieve since being handed the chance to start by Sam Allardyce.
However, Tosun alone will not be enough for the Goodison Park club to reach the position they are aiming for and, as a result, here are three potential strikers Everton could look to bring in during the summer window, if things go to plan at the World Cup.
At 31, Marcus Berg is perhaps slightly older than your typical summer striker addition but, when it comes to scoring goals, the veteran striker is up their with the best in terms of his figures. The Swedish international has bagged 18 goals in 54 caps for his country and has notched over 200 goals at club level in just over 400 games.
Despite currently playing in the UAE, Berg has continued to fire on all fronts with 15 in 18 games this season. The step up in quality from the UAE to the Premier League is obvious for all to see, however, it was less than a year ago that Berg hit 31 in 44 appearances for Panathinaikos, reminding the rest of Europe of his prolific scoring nature.
Not only would Berg present an affordable option for Everton, but his technical ability and clear knack for scoring goals would not go amiss on the Everton bench. With Tosun appearing to have come good, the duo could present quite a frightening prospect for teams lining up against the Toffees next season.
Sandro Wagner, 30, is also slightly older than your typical World Cup summer target. However his age did not stop him from earning a move to Bayern Munich at the beginning of the season. Despite limited playing time, Wagner's figures have not taken a hit, having bagged five goals in nine Bayern appearances so far this term.
Earning his international debut only last year, the 30-year-old striker has an impressive strike rate of five in seven for the German national side, and is clearly built for the role of backup striker having performed so well this season in the shadow of Robert Lewandowski. The one-time Bundesliga champion would be a steal for the Toffees should they secure his signature this summer.
Having featured for Atletico Madrid before joining Benfica, Raul Jimenez has already played for two of Europe's finest clubs aged only 26. The Mexican international has scored 13 goals in 61 caps for his country and was part of the Mexico team that won gold at the 2012 London Olympics.
Highly regarded in his native land, Jimenez could serve as the perfect compliment to the free scoring Tosun, as a potential striker partner with his ability to hold up play with his sizeable frame. Should the Mexican impress in Russia this summer, Sam Allardyce should definitely consider enquiring about the forward's services if he becomes available.
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