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Opinion: The dilemma facing Everton this summer

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of his desire to bring European football to Goodison Park.

The Italian, who took over from Marco Silva back in December, looked on track to do that in his first few months as Toffees manager, however a run of just one point from three matches in the league up to football activity stopping due to the fight against COVID-19, has left that unlikely this term.

That leaves the veteran former Chelsea boss with something of a dilemma to ponder. One reason for the struggles of Everton over recent seasons has been a lack of depth to their squad, especially in forward areas, with the club having never really recovered from the departure of Romelu Lukaku, the only man in their history to score 20 goals in a single Premier League season.

The Toffees brought Moise Kean in last summer in a bid to rectify that issue, but to say that idea has been a flop would be an understatement, with the Italian offering one goal in his 26 appearances thus far.

Everton have been grateful for the emergence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has thrived under Ancelotti, notching eight goals in his last 12 matches with the Italian in charge, but now they face a tough decision.

They can put their faith in the England under-21 marksman to continue to improve. He is likely to keep finding the back of the net, but football is becoming more of a squad game.

Therefore the Toffees boss will need to decide whether he can get a tune out of Kean, and if not then if he is to achieve his aim of guiding the Goodison Park club into Europe, he is going to have to go shopping for a replacement.

With so much uncertainty in football at the minute though, whether the right man becomes available remains to be seen.

Everton fans might be best served wrapping their star striker in cotton wool if they are to make the European dream a reality.

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