Sam Allardyce has reiterated a new striker remains a priority for Everton next month as he looks to protect Dominic Calvert-Lewin from burning out. The Boxing Day goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion means the Blues have managed 24 goals in 20 Premier League games, with only Burnley scoring fewer of those teams in the top half of the table. With Everton again missing leading scorer Wayne Rooney through a virus, the team that started at the Hawthorns had just seven Premier League goals between them this season. And Blues boss Allardyce admitted: “Up front is definitely an area we need to improve in January, a quality front man if there's one available. “Dominic has done fantastic this year but has only scored three. Gylfi is on the pitch but he's only scored four. “Wayne wasn't here today so we didn't have a lot of goal threat in terms of players who actually have a goal record. So keeping a clean sheet is very important for us.”