Despite starting a number of matches in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, Salomon Rondon is still yet to find the net for Everton.

The Venezuela international made the move to Goodison Park in the summer, joining the club on transfer deadline day as Rafa Benitez searched for options to bolster his front line.

However, the 32-year-old probably would not have expected to have so much game-time this early in his Blues career.

Rondon was used from the start of proceedings again on Saturday at Goodison Park as Everton were disappointingly beaten by Watford thanks to a late collapse.

And our latest Royal Blue Podcast panel believe the game opened up some issues that need to be addressed about the striker.

Host Adam Jones was joined by Gavin Buckland and Dave Prentice to get their thoughts on the summer arrival and the issues that need to be resolved up front.

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Gav: We need to talk about Rondon at this point.

Part of me feels a bit sorry for him in that, when he joined us, how much game time would he have expected to have by the end of October? Maybe five or six substitute appearances - to get his fitness up and get him familiar.

But, because of lack of options, he's played 90 minutes quite a few times. I feel sorry for him in that respect.

At the same time, we said a few weeks ago we needed to give him a couple of games to get fit. Really, to be honest with you, I've not seen much improvement, or much evidence that he's more effective because of his fitness.

I thought he was poor on Saturday. I could understand why he was kept on, but I don't know how many chances he had - very little. We didn't lost the game because of Rondon.

The substitution, I think it made sense to keep him on the pitch. But it was just a bit disappointing, he's just not offering enough is he?

I could understand why there was booing, but at the same time it enabled Gray to go out wide and Richarlison isn't fit enough to play as a sole striker at this moment of his recovery.

I feel sorry for him to a degree, but he's not doing enough for me.

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Adam: Rondon has had a lot of game time now, I would argue that he's at least close to reaching full match fitness at this point.

I was going into this game with a clean mind and he was anonymous for me, that was the worrying aspect for me. As soon as Richarlison came on, he found himself in about 20 yards of space in the centre of the goal to score.

I know they're very different kinds of player but it's not as if Richarlison had to use blistering pace to get into that area, it was just good positioning.

Rondon doesn't tend to really even have that at the minute.

Dave: Yeah he's started six games now, and came on as a sub against Burnley. You should be expecting to see some degree of match sharpness.

He doesn't seem to influence the game, on Saturday he actually did a little bit more than he did against West Ham despite being anonymous.

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He won a couple of balls in the air and he went down the left-hand side and pinged in a cross across the box, but that was it really.

The big worry is that he doesn't get many shots at goal. Did he have one in the first half that hardly even counts? That was the only attempt at trying to trouble the goalkeeper.

For a centre-forward he doesn't get many efforts at goal, and that worries me.

You can't put a lad like Lewis Dobbin in from the start because he's not ready and you can kill a career by doing that, and we don't have many other options.

I'm just not seeing enough from him, he's a presence but doesn't do a great deal. I think the best thing to do is pull him out of the firing line a bit, or we'll have more unsavoury moments like we did towards the end.

It's a concern, it clearly isn't working, so I think we have to think of a plan B and a way around it. Even if it does mean mixing up the shape entirely.