Everton have been seeking out attacking reinforcements all January to no avail, as they remain without a single signing despite sitting joint-bottom of the table.
It is a stance that will frustrate Evertonians, who have already seen their frustrations boil over into protests aimed towards a board that has spent over £500m since Farhad Moshiri’s acquisition of the club.
Whilst rival fans will question the bemoaning fans as they have overseen this investment, it is clear that this money has been severely squandered, and as such, they boast a playing squad that are poised to endure their second relegation battle in as many seasons.
It is clear what the solution is to avoid this current one, and yet Frank Lampard and Kevin Thelwell continue to deliberate over deals.
This resulted in going into last week’s game against Southampton without any additions, where they were beaten by the team propping up the table. They seem set to repeat this feat against West Ham United this weekend.
Through some rumours though, it is clear that the scouting team have some idea of the profile needed at Goodison Park, as links have emerged touting German striker Niclas Fullkrug with a move to Merseyside.
Can Fullkrug replace Lukaku?
The 6 foot 2 titan is a forward that enjoys using his physicality to bully centre-backs but marries this with a clinical nature when the chances arrive.
As such, he boasts ten goals this season in the Bundesliga alongside two assists in just 14 games.
His tally in the league is still above the combined goalscoring exploits of Demarai Gray, Dwight McNeil, Anthony Gordon and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
His arrival would be a hugely welcome one, especially after his antics in Qatar which saw him lauded as a “World Cup hero” by The Athletic.
The 29-year-old scored twice in three games, attaining a 7.17 rating despite his side’s early exit from the competition.
With his raw power and proficiency the German draws striking similarities with Romelu Lukaku, who was a big favourite at Goodison Park for these reasons.
The Belgian scored 87 goals in just 166 games for the Toffees, becoming their all-time top scorer in the Premier League too.
He stood at a similar height of 6 foot 3, but admittedly had a turn of pace that his potential successor lacks.
In his final season for the Blues before his big-money move to Manchester United, he would record a 7.35 average rating, winning 3.7 aerials per game as he scored 25 times.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin had offset his absence before his injury woes, but Fullkrug ranks in the top 5% for aerials won when compared with other strikers around Europe.
He would, therefore, thrive off any kind of delivery, as he uses his immense physique to force the ball into the net.
Having proven his lethal touch too in recent years, he has all the core attributes to finally offer a replacement for Lukaku that could steer them to safety.