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Don Hutchison believes Everton have better forward players than West Ham United

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BBC Sport pundit Don Hutchison has praised Everton’s front-four claiming they can be just as good as West Ham United’s on top form.

What did he say?

The former West Ham and Everton man was speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday, via Hammers News, and believes that players such as Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison can be just as threatening as West Ham’s equivalent options behind the centre-forward.

Hutchison admitted the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson are in better form and as a result are playing with much more confidence the Everton lot.

However, the former Scotland international said: “You could look at West Ham’s four then you could look at Everton’s four and go if they start playing well, and get a tune out of them, then there’s not a great deal of difference.

“I totally understand West Ham’s front four are playing a lot better with more confidence, but still with Sigurdsson and Bernard, you look at Richarlison you’re looking at players that cost a lot of money but are not playing well.”

In past seasons, Everton’s current bunch have certainly proved themselves in the Premier League, perhaps even more so than West Ham’s. Sigurdsson has netted 59 goals in 255 Premier League appearances in the top-flight, whilst Richarlison scored 13 league goals last season for the Toffees as they finished eighth.

As for Theo Walcott, although he has yet to wow Goodison Park, previous seasons at Arsenal have shown his capabilities in providing for the side. The Englishman bagged 14 league goals back in 2012-13, with his best return most recently coming in 2016-17 where he netted 10 times in the top-flight.

Bernard has given the fans glimpses of his attacking prowess since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk, involving himself in five goals during his Premier League career thus far, whilst being just one of four different scorers for the Toffees this season in the league.

Things have been different for the Hammers, however. Haller and Yarmolenko together already have a total of seven league goals this season, which is one more than Everton’s entire league total of six. Brazilian star Anderson also beats every Toffees man on the creative front, providing three assists for West Ham this Premier League campaign, compared to Sigurdsson’s one.

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