There is a feel-good factor around Goodison Park at the moment, with Everton showing lots of ambition in the transfer market this summer.

With the club-record signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson now completed, Ronald Koeman has admitted that landing a new centre forward is the final piece of his Toffees jigsaw.

Everton sold Romelu Lukaku earlier in the summer to Manchester United and finding a player capable of stepping into the Belgian’s shoes is not an easy task.

The acquisition of Sandro Ramirez is the closest thing to replacing the centre forward and while the Spaniard looks to have all the required attributes to excel in the Premier League, he will need time to acclimatise to his new environment.

Having watched Southampton beat West Ham United on Saturday, it is easy to see that Saints forward Manolo Gabbiadini would have been an ideal signing for Everton in their current state.

The Italy international took his goal in clinical fashion and his movement off the ball and link-up play for the Saints is second to none.

While Southampton will have zero ambitions of parting with their crucial striker now, it could well have been Everton that Gabbiadini was stepping out for this season.

Widespread reports of the Toffees having offers for the Italian poacher rebuffed during his time at Napoli last summer will now come back to haunt Koeman and the Goodison Park hierarchy.

Replacing Lukaku’s mobility, threat in behind opposition defences and ability to hold up the ball is an unenviable task and Everton will be held to ransom for targets as the end of the transfer window approaches.

Looking at it in hindsight, the Toffees will now regret their interest and approaches for Gabbiadini did not materialise into the Italian moving to Merseyside 12 months ago – while Southampton fans reap the rewards for making a deal happen in January.


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