Marco Silva wants more goals from Everton’s wingers as he insists on refusing to talk about signing a new striker in the January transfer window.

Twelve of the Blues’ 20 league goals have come from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson this season and Silva wants more from the rest of his team – starting with his wide-men hitting the target more regularly.

Theo Walcott has scored twice this season but Bernard and Ademola Lookman, who could make his first start of the campaign tonight against Newcastle, have yet to score.

It is understood Everton have discussed the possibility of signing a new centre-forward and winger next month but when asked about adding a striker to the squad Silva says it’s unfair on the squad’s current strike-force for him to talk adding to his squad.

And, instead, the Everton manager is demanding the attackers he already has – particularly his wingers – start chipping in report the Liverpool Echo.

“I think if you are aware of my other teams, it is normal that my wingers have to score more and more goals,” he said.

“I like my offensive midfielder to score goals, and Gylfi is doing that, and I am sure that Andre (Gomes) will arrive in the box more and score. In the last home game against Cardiff he had a chance to score.

“Normally, with the mobility I like to put in my teams, goals are not just down to the striker. Sure, it is important for the striker score so we don’t always have, week by week, questions about the striker.

“But that is not just with me, I am sure that if Gabriel (Jesus) doesn’t score one week they will ask Pep (Guardiola) why, and the same with (Sergio) Aguero, and the same for Jose (Mourinho) with (Romelu) Lukaku, (Marcus) Rashford or whoever. It is a normal thing because a striker needs goals and the fans, and everyone, likes to see them scoring.

“But normally in my teams the goals are spread about and it something I ask from my wingers and midfielders and from other players as well.”

Everton have produced a string of excellent performances against the Premier League’s top six this season but have, so far, managed just one goal.

And so it was put to Silva that the addition of a top class centre-forward could see his side take the next step in such clashes.

Everton's Theo Walcott takes on Liverpool's Sadio Mane in the Merseyside derby
Everton’s Theo Walcott takes on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in the Merseyside derby
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“Like you know, I don’t like to talk about the specific positions,” he said.

“It is my way and I don’t think it is the best way to talk about specific positions, you have to respect our players who are doing fantastic, working really hard.

“We started with three strikers, plus one, because I told you since the first day that Richarlison could play there as well.

“They are doing everything to be in a position to help the team so it is not fair (to talk about signing a new striker) because I could speak to you about other positions where we can improve as well.

“Even in the positions where we are really happy, we can still improve all the time.

“I understand but when you are talking about playing against these type of teams you can talk about their budget and our budget – it is completely different.

“Even they may want to improve their teams as well. We did what was possible in the last market, we did really well and now is the moment to work with the players and next month we have time to talk with the players about the situation and again next summer.

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“But it is clear in my mind that for players to join us they have to be better than what we have. They have to come and improve our squad but if not then we are happy with the players we have and it is my job to work with them and develop them.”

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