But 2010/11 looks a different prospect following manager David Moyes’ decision to add some goalscoring options to his list.
Moyes brought in the prolific Jermaine Beckford from Leeds United, French youngster Magaye Gueye from Strasbourg and promising Portuguese hitman Joao Silva from Aves to give himself some back-up and was now hoping his plan comes to fruition.
“I hope that that’s the way it goes. I think that we needed a little more firepower up front,” Moyes said from Everton’s pre-season tour of Australia.
“We’ve got Jermaine (Beckford) in, we’ve not paid any money for Jermaine. (Magaye) Gueye we’ve bought in for the future so not really for now so they will give us back-up.”
As for Beckford, who has ripped the lower leagues t shreds in recent season, Moyes was looking forward to seeing him in full flight.
“His goals, his movement in the box is terrific,” Moyes said of Beckford’s attributes. “Jermaine’s been brought in, we’ve given him a go, we’ve given him a real chance to show if he can show his wares in the Premier League.”