Forget Lukaku: Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca can be the answer to Everton’s striking conundrum

Carlos Bacca

Everton’s main concern after a successful first season under the stewardship of Roberto Martinez is to reinvigorate their forward line after losing Romelu Lukaku at the end of the campaign following his loan spell from Chelsea.

Lukaku has returned to his parent club and seems more likely to end up at Atletico Madrid or Tottenham Hotspur than a return to Goodison Park, leaving Martinez the difficult task of filling his shoes after a fine season in front of goal.

Everton’s form in the Premier League suffered drastically when Lukaku was forced out of contention with injury and the Spanish tactician will know that he needs a proven goalscorer to lead the line for the Toffees next season, with the likes of Steven Naismith not up to scratch in terms of their ambitions in the league and with a European campaign to contend with as well.

The latest name to enter the thinking of Everton appears to be Carlos Bacca, and it is a move that makes sense on every level, with club and player seeming like a perfect match for each other.

With Sevilla encountering financial issues for a long time and Bacca having yet to have established himself as a bona fide star in the side, Bacca would come at a decent price that could be inside Everton’s budget, making him a more realistic target for a side that has always excelled despite a smaller budget than many a club in the division.

Bacca made a late run to earn a place in Colombia’s World Cup squad only to see his summer disrupted by injury that restricted him to one appearance, but his form with Sevilla over the past year would make him an excellent acquisition for an Everton side needing someone to get the goals to add to their excellent build-up play.

The Colombian forward netted 14 goals in La Primera last season for the Andalusian side, including a double that cost Real Madrid league glory as Sevilla broke their hoodoo against the European champions, with Bacca converting an impressive 24.1% of his shots on goal.

He also converted 20% of his shots in Sevilla’s glorious Europa League campaign as he netted four goals, while he also proved quite creative as he claimed five assists from the 33 chances he created in La Primera.

This all compares favourably to last season’s hero Lukaku, with the burly Belgian scoring just one more goal than his potential replacement and providing one more assist, with their contribution to their respective Champions League sides being of a similar nature.

The one thing lacking in Bacca’s game that Lukaku excelled in last season would be an aerial presence, with none of the Colombian’s goals in La Primera last season having been scored with his head, while he won just over a third (38) of the 90 aerial duels that Lukaku won at Everton.

With pre-season now underway following the conclusion of the World Cup and the beginning of the new Premier League season, Everton need to get a move on if their squad is to be ready to cope with the raised expectations and their lack of a goal-scorer in situ is a worry.

The Premier League is a harsh league and clubs need to hit the ground running in order to reach their goals and Everton must get in a forward sooner rather than later in order to integrate them into their first team ahead of a crucial campaign for Roberto Martinez and co.

Bacca is a man that could do a fine job for Everton and could well come at a price that the Toffees can afford, and with few other stand-out options showing themselves within Everton’s budget, he is a target that should be followed up with if Everton are to keep pace at the top of the table.

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Sam Parker


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