Following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, it was blatantly obvious a replacement was desperately needed. Everton splashed the cash on expensive signings Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen, but failed to bring in that much needed number nine. Results at this point have been a major disappointment, and as the pressure is cranked up on Koeman the January window cannot come soon enough.
Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney were both brought in to plug the gap, but neither seem like the kind of striker who will grab 15-20 goals a season and take Everton to the next level. So the question still begs, who should Everton look to sign in the January window?
In terms of a number nine, Everton were linked with numerous strikers over the summer months, but the most widely linked was Olivier Giroud. The Arsenal man has struggled to get into the team recently, but there is no doubt about his quality, 100 goals in 237 games for Arsenal highlights this.
At the age of thirty one, Giroud may be coming to the end of his prime years, but with that comes experience, and that is one thing he has in abundance. Three FA Cup wins with Arsenal, a Ligue 1 championship and 27 goals in 66 games for France tells us all we need to know about his credentials.
In many ways Giroud is the perfect replacement for Lukaku. Both share similar attributes of size, strength, heading ability and a very healthy goal record, and with the creative players in the Everton squad providing chances, a player like Giroud could be a perfect fit for The Toffees, and could save gaffer Koeman’s job.