Everton manager David Moyes is aware that it could be 'a hard season' for the club as they do not have a striker who can take on the burden of goalscoring.

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The Toffees have won three games on the bounce to rise up to ninth place in the Premier League after a slow start, but Moyes is aware that because of the club's financial problems, they have not been able to attract a top class marksman.

"I always thought this would be a hard season," Moyes said in the Sun. "We have the core of a good team, with young up-and-coming midfielders, but we haven't got someone who is going to score 15-20 goals a season.

"We need to get to 40 points like every other team and then see where we can go from there."

Summer signing Apostolos Vellios is currently the top scorer at Goodison Park this season with three goals, but fellow loanee Denis Stracqualursi was the only other arrival up front as the Toffees allowed Yakubu, James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford to leave alongside creative midfielder Mikel Arteta.