There is a striking bottleneck at the Toffee’s training ground – Everton are not a club who are accustomed to having the luxury of being able to rotate, and it isn’t just the back room staff who will have to get used to the intricacies of rotation, the five fit strikers at the club – clearly unable to all squeeze into David Moyes’ 4-5-1 formation – will have to make do with sharing one measly spot.
And the real problem is in the fact that all five strikers have a legitimate case for getting into the team; Andy Johnson at his best is a quick goal machine, Yakubu at his best is a tubby goal machine, they call James McFadden “God” north of the border, James Vaughan is a great young talent that has been partially muted up until now by injury, and Victor Anichebe has been barging through defenders like it was going out of fashion in the Uefa Cup.
So how will Everton cope with this bottleneck?
Everton’s assistant boss Alan Irvine says :
“We have got plenty of options.There are good strikers throughout the Premier League but we are happy with the strikers we have got. They are all scoring goals and Andrew Johnson is ready to come back as well.That will give the manager a big decision to make when he has all five of the strikers fit, because they are all staking a claim for a place.”
Tough decisions indeed!