(This article was written by a Liverpool fan, please turn away now if you’re an Everton fan with a living-in-the-shadow complex. (Smile, you’ve finally got a decent manager.))
The now manager of Sunderland, David Moyes, believes if he were able to sign a striker like Romelu Lukaku during his time on Merseyside he’d have been able to win the title.
To be fair Everton, under Moyes, were a consistent top-ten side during his tenure but they failed to accomplish anything more. The former Manchester United boss reckons that an inability to attract a world class striker to Goodison Park was the missing piece of the puzzle.
Moyes left Everton in 2013 to take over at United but he’s confident that he would have found more success with Everton than his successor – Bobby Martinez – if he were given the chance to use a striker of Rom’s ability.
“We had a great team at Everton but we were missing a centre-forward,” Moyes said. “I might be exaggerating, but I think with that we would have been close to winning the Premier League, we were that good.
“In the last two years, we finished above Liverpool in the league. You look at their spending over the years and that was a big thing, but we just couldn’t break the top four because we didn’t have the finances to buy a centre-forward.”
I guess the biggest achievement you can have when the best forwards at your disposal are Louis Saha, Yakubu, Victor Anichebe, James McFadden and an impromptu option in Tim Cahill is to finish above Liverpool twice.
Then again, since the permanent signing of Lukaku in 2014 Everton have finished in the bottom half of the Premier League twice, while the lowest Liverpool finished in that time was 8th and subsequently sacked their manager not long after.
Hey if Gollum from Lord of the Rings can have a pop, so can I.