David Moyes has warned Everton's misfiring strikers they need to "step up" after delivering the ultimate snub to them in the 1-1 draw at West Ham.
Moyes controversially played Tim Cahill as a makeshift target man in Tuesday night's Barclays Premier League game at Upton Park, leaving Ayegbeni Yakubu, Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford on the bench. The Toffees boss was unapologetic over the move, one which he will not be able to repeat after Saturday's match at Stoke with Cahill absent for up to a month with Australia at the upcoming Asian Cup.
Moyes said of his forwards: "We need them to step up." If they do not, Moyes may turn to the loan market during the January transfer window, revealing he would not make any permanent signings.
"We've got a really good team," he said. "We've just not been able to turn our good football into goals. We'll have another look, we'll try something else and see if we can."
Defending his selection, he added: "Manager's prerogative, isn't it? I thought that Tim was a goalscorer, I thought my best players were midfield players, (Jack) Rodwell, (Mikel) Arteta.
"I would've needed to leave (Steven) Pienaar, Rodwell, Arteta out of the team to accommodate one of those players and I didn't see that was right. I thought my better players were on the pitch."