Everton need Lukaku challengers claims Southall

Former Everton man Neville Southall has urged manager Roberto Martinez to plunge into the transfer market – because striker Romelu Lukaku has not done enough – TalkSport are reporting.

With Samuel Eto’o expected to leave the club for Serie A side Sampdoria within the coming days the Toffees will be left short on striking options.

They currently have Lukaku and Steven Naismith as their only other central attacking players and this could prove problematic to manager Roberto Martinez.

The Spanish boss has seen his side win just one game in their last 13 attempts with the Goodison Park crowd booing their side off the pitch following their 0-0 draw with West Brom on Monday night.

Lukaku failed to score again – he has bagged just one league goal since the start of December – and has now come in for criticism from Southall.

The former Everton stopper claimed Lukaku wasn’t doing enough in games and needed to be much more of a physical presence, before urging Martinez to spend in the January transfer market to halt their slump.

He said: “Everton are not doing particularly well at the moment, but we just need a couple of new faces to liven it up somehow.

“They need a striker or two. Romelu Lukaku does OK but he doesn’t win as many balls in the air as Steven Naismith.

“He doesn’t put himself about enough. He’s still quite young, we need him to be a mini-Didier Drogba and bully people.”

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