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Everton allegedly tracking Arsenal forward

Hard pass. No thank you.

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One of the common refrains from Everton fans already this season is that the club desperately need to buy yet another striker in January, this despite the Blues already having Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Oumar Niasse.

The thinking, I suppose, goes something like “Tosun isn’t scoring, DCL is too young, and Niasse is crap!”

I have some good news for those folks. The Mirror are reporting that Everton are interested in signing Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.

Everton are keeping tabs on Danny Welbeck’s contract situation as his Arsenal future remains in the balance.

The forward’s deal at the Emirates expires in the summer and he is no nearer to agreeing a new contract in north London.

Welbeck can hold talks to clubs from overseas at the turn of the year, and Everton are also monitoring his situation closely.

Welbeck, still only (somehow) 27, has four goals this season after notching a respectable ten last year. The Englishman is a useful enough player - when he can stay healthy. Welbeck has missed an incredible 577 days due to injury over the past four years, and you would guess that this problem won’t get any better with age.

Friends, Everton do not need a striker, and they especially do not need this one. For one thing, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have combined to score 4 goals this season. Roberto Firmino has 2, Jamie Vardy has 3, and Harry Kane just 4 if you exclude penalties.

Furthermore, Marco Silva’s system is designed in such a way that the standard #9 is not the attack’s focal point. Everton possess two goal-scoring wingers, and the interesting thing about that is that they’re scoring goals. Theo Walcott and Richarlison have 6 goals between them, with Gylfi Sigurdsson adding 4 more.

A balanced attack is a sustainable attack, and if the Blues do decide to go to market in January, it likely should not be for a forward, much less Danny Welbeck. He’s fragile, he doesn’t play a position of need, and he’s in the wrong age bracket for Marco and Marcel’s project. Move along.