Everton boss David Moyes says that he should have signed a new striker last summer and blamed his decision for the club's inconsistent form this season.
Moyes' side have failed to hit the net with regularity this season with Louis Saha, Jermaine Beckford, Victor Anichebe and Yakubu all suffering from form and fitness issues. But now with Saha injured and Yakubu sent on loan to Leicester, Moyes' hopes are pinned on former Leeds striker Beckford and the boss knows he made a mistake by not bringing in new blood.
"I knew we were short of a centre forward," said Moyes, "And maybe more than one. I got Jermaine Beckford, who had jumped two divisions, and I was saying 'let's not put too much pressure on him'.
"I wanted to get him off the bench, to play some games at the right moment. That was the ideal way to introduce him.
"But we didn't get the centre forward which we needed to go with the rest of the team. Our play was very good, we continued in the form with our football, but we didn't have the goalscorers to finish it off at the start of the year and that definitely had an effect on us."
With eight games remaining, Everton currently lie 8th in the Premier League table but began the season in shocking form, which has blunted their European challenge.