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Everton transfers (incoming):
Andre Gomes ($30M Transfer from FC Barcelona): Gomes joined Everton on loan last season with an option for the Liverpool-based club to purchase. It was recently announced that the club would exercise this option. Gomes missed the first eight matches of the season with a muscular injury, but aside from that, he appeared in almost every other game. In total, he would reach 29 appearances for Everton. Statistically, Gomes contributes on both sides of the ball, providing key passes, interceptions, crosses, and more. I think it is a good signing for Everton because the ball-winning midfielder will allow Sigurdsson and others to get further forward.
Fabian Delph ($11M transfer from Man City): Delph has spent several years with Manchester City since being brought in July 2015 for $13M. Delph is also a current English international with 20 callups, most recently in the UEFA Nations League in June 2019. In the four years, Delph was with City he made almost 90 appearances with five goals and three assists. In the most recently completed season, he made a total of twenty appearances for the Citizens with one goal and one assist. Delph averaged nearly 60 minutes per appearance for the club across all competitions. Only about half of his appearances came in the Premier League, however. I think that Delph for this price is a good signing and with the recently confirmed news about Gueye moving to PSG. This will give the team some extra cash since they sold Gueye for four-times what they bought Delph for. Goals were not part of Gueye’s game, and Delph is being brought in for a similar role.
Jonas Lössl (Free Transfer): Lössl joins Everton from Huddersfield on a free transfer. For my thoughts, this is an interesting choice — because Jordan Pickford is clearly the current (and thus far, undisputed) number one. Lössl has made some fantastic saves for Huddersfield, but I am unsure that he’ll be able to overthrow Pickford. Lössl made 32 appearances for Huddersfield even keeping five clean sheets for the eventually relegated side.
Shani Tarashaj (Return from Loan): Tarashaj has a rough loan spell with Grasshopper Club Zurich. He was on the receiving end of a knee injury and also had a time he was suspended. He would go on to make three starting appearances and nine substitute ones across all competitions. He’d only average about 35 minutes on game time per appearance. In his limited time in the pitch, he managed a single goal against BSC Old Boys. Everton has better players in the first-team squad, so I think we’re likely to see Tarashaj go out on loan again. Hopefully, this time he’s able to avoid injuries (and undue suspensions). Update: Tarashaj has gone on loan to FC Emmen.
Yannick Bolasie (Return from Loan): Bolasie spent time on loan at two clubs last season, Aston Villa and RSC Anderlecht. He made 38 total appearances throughout the year and very reasonable production. His roles were different in each loan, Aston Villa asked him to play in more of a playmaker role, and as a result, he provided several assists. However, at Anderlecht, he was asked to be a goal scorer, so he did just that. Across both loan stints, he provided eight goals and eight assists on an average of just over 76 minutes per appearance. That’s good for a rate of scoring or assisting on a goal every 148 minutes. Bolasie has spent the better part of nearly two years recovering from a cruciate ligament injury suffered in December 2016. He seems to be making substantial progress towards his recovery, and I think that he’ll be looked at carefully by Marco Silva. He’s shown great improvement in form as well, and I think he’ll get back into at least the rotation at Everton.
Henry Onyekuru (Return from Loan):
Caveat: Onyekuru is not currently eligible for a work permit, but if he plays in the Cup of Nations for Nigeria (who are currently ranked 37th) that could change. The Work Permit rules require that he appears in 75% of the possible games over the last two years.
Onyekuru joined up with Everton in 2017 about the same time he earned his first call up to the Nigerian National team. Since then, he went on loan at Anderlecht, followed by a loan deal with a fee for Galatasaray where he assisted the team in winning the league title. During his most recent spell with Galatasaray, he made a total of 44 appearances. Onyekuru made a substantial impact for the club during that time with 16 goals and an additional six assists. I will be shocked if Everton and Marco Silva don’t, at minimum, file an appeal with the intentions of getting Onyekuru on the pitch in a Toffees jersey. They are probably salivating over the prospect of Onyekuru and Richarlison, who would likely become a dangerous duo.
Cuco Martina (Return from Loan): The captain of the Curacao National team spent time on loan with two clubs this past season. He spent the first half of the season with Stoke City in the Championship where he would make 17 appearances for the club. The second half of the season, he played for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie where he would make 11 appearances as Feyenoord managed a top-three finish. He was mostly utilized by Feyenoord in his preferred right-back role, although he did spend some time at center back as well. I think that Martina is likely to remain low on the pecking order at right-back although I think he’ll probably get some time in the rotation.
Kevin Mirallas (Return from Loan): Mirallas spent all of last season on a paid loan with Fiorentina. This has to be regarded as a disappointing loan spell. Despite making 30 appearances across all competitions, he averaged right about 50 minutes per game. In addition, he only added two goals and three assists. In 18 starts for the club, he managed only one goal, and everything else came from substitute appearances. I think it’s about time to start worrying about his long term future and whether it’s at this club. He’s already 31-years of age, and his peripheral stats are of minimal impact in the grand scheme, he either needs to set up goals or score them. Right now, he’s not doing either particularly well.
Oumar Niasse (Return from Loan): Niasse struggled to find any opportunities within this Everton squad. To illustrate, he made five appearances for Everton in the first half of the season, for a total of 58 minutes. The second part of the season, he would move on loan to eventually-relegated Cardiff. At Cardiff, he got more opportunities, including twelve starts and a substitute appearance for substantially more minutes, averaging almost 73 minutes per appearance. However, Niasse managed to score zero goals throughout that time and not much else (he did earn an assist against Southampton in the EFL Cup. Unfortunately for Niasse, this just isn’t good enough; as an attacking player, he’s expected to provide much more. I can’t see him coming back into Marco Silva’s squad. I think a loan is most likely where he might see out the final year on his Everton contract.
Everton transfers (outgoing):
Idrissa Gueye ($36.5M Transfer to PSG): Gueye will return to Ligue 1 with this transfer to PSG. He has made over 100 appearances for Everton since joining for about $9M. Everton will make a healthy profit (quadruple) over what they had initially paid for the midfielder. Gueye made 35 total appearances in the most recent season, and he was incredibly consistent. He won two Man of the Match awards for his efforts, and he completely bossed the midfield. He averaged more than four successful tackles, two interceptions and more than one clearance per game. While Gueye has been a significant part of the Everton team for several years, I think this is an opportunity the club couldn’t pass up. The opportunity to make a considerable profit on a 29-year-old midfielder is just too good to miss, especially with Fabian Delph coming in as a serviceable replacement.
Ademola Lookman ($20M transfer to RB Leipzig): Lookman was sent on a paid loan to RB Leipzig for the 2017-2018 season. Although he returned to Everton after his loan concluded, the German Bundesliga club clearly still had their eyes on him. Lookman featured in over half of the possible matches (across all competitions) upon his return. Although, the 24 appearances made is definitely not reflective of his value to the team, as he would only pay for a total of 830 minutes for the team. He played an average of 30 minutes per appearance, although he also added a goal and two assists. Everton is making another sizable profit off of this sale, having paid $10M to sign him from Charlton (four years ago). In light of this, I think this is a very reasonable move for the club.
Nikola Vlasic ($18M to CSKA Moscow): Vlasic spent last season on loan with CSKA Moscow where he was essential to the team. He played in 25 league games out of a possible 27 for the Russian club. In addition, he would play in all six UEFA Champions League matches for the side. In total, he would provide eight goals and seven assists. Vlasic came into the club for about $11.5M a couple of years back. After Romelu Lukaku was sold to Manchester United, he would make a few appearances for the Toffees. This seems to certify that he is not part of their future plans (or they got a bunch of added incentives that they couldn’t refuse). At this time, no additional information about incentives on top of the fee has been disclosed.
Sandro Ramirez (Loan to Real Valladolid): Ramirez is a product of the FC Barcelona system until Everton bought him for about $8M. However, since his transfer, he’s logged only eight Premier League matches in a Toffees uniform for less than 40 minutes per appearance. Aside from those, he’s been out on loan — where he’s gone again this season. Ramirez has two years remaining on the initial contract from his transfer to Everton. Last season he was on loan to Real Sociedad, where he regularly featured even if his minutes were sparse. However, in the 26 appearances he would make for them, and nearly 1,200 minutes, he scored not a single goal. For a striker, this is definitely concerning. Hopefully, he can find his form at Valladolid so that he can return and be in contention for the Toffees first team next season.
Jonjoe Kenny (Loan to FC Schalke 04): Kenny played just under 1,000 minutes in the Everton first team last year and spent a whole lot more on the bench. This seems to be a development move for the 22-year old in hopes that they can get some more regular soccer. He has consistently appeared for the English age-specific teams, and with some good performances, he might earn a call-up. I think that Kenny has a future at the club as long as he continues to work hard. He appeared in 12 matches across all competitions for the Toffees, and I could see a larger shift coming in the future. It’s nothing against the youngster, but Seamus Coleman has had the position on lockdown, and they have the squad depth to cover his occasional absence.
Kieren Dowell (Loan to Derby): Dowell is an Everton academy product, though he’s barely featured for the first team (two, short Premier League appearances). Dowell has spent most of his time since graduating from the academy on loan, primarily with Championship clubs. Last season, he was on loan (for the second half of the season) at newly-promoted Sheffield United. In the second half, he would make 16 appearances for Sheff United for 755 minutes scoring two goals and an assist. He would play just short of 45 minutes per appearance made for the club, but I think he’ll be a good fit for Derby. I expect him to play often for a lot more minutes — and I think he’ll work his way into a role for Everton’s first team.
Luke Garbutt (Loan to Ipswich): Garbutt is another academy graduate that hasn’t really found his way into the team. He’s spent most of his time with the club on loan to lower-division clubs, where he finds himself again. This loan sees him go to the third tier of English football (League One) to play for Ipswich. I think this is likely a move to see if there’s interest in the player when his contract expires shortly after the loan. I don’t foresee Garbutt returning to the club in a long-term capacity. As a result, I expect him to permanently sign with a League One or League Two club once his contract expires.
Mateusz Hewelt (Free Transfer): Hewelt has been with Everton since joining their youth team as a youngster in 2013. Hewelt never really entered the senior squad at Everton and was ultimately released from the team. The possible good news out of this is that the Polish player may be able to restart his career with his move to join the Polish second-tier side, Miedz Legnica.
Phil Jagielka (Released): Jagielka has had quite the career with the Toffees, accruing nearly 400 appearances for the senior side. He only played for two clubs throughout his entire career, Everton and their now-Premier League rival, Sheffield United. He joined the Toffees from the Blades in 2007 where he would stay, eventually working his way up to captain the team. As he has gotten older, time in the first team has been increasingly difficult for Jagielka to find. Couple that with the injuries that have slowly become more frequent and it’s a hard choice for the club, but one that must be made. As a result, Jagielka, the legend, was released from the club and we can only speculate on if his career will continue or if he will retire in light of this move.
Harry Charsley (Released): Charsley is an Everton youth product who didn’t seem to have what it takes to get to the first time. He joined the Everton youth club in 2006 but failed to make a breakthrough. He went on a loan deal to Bolton but was unable to make an impression there. However, he may still have a future in soccer, just not at the Premier League level and now he can pursue soccer away from the top-tier.
Ashley Williams (Released): Ashley Williams was signed for a hefty fee in 2016, but barely two years later he was being sent on loan away from Everton. He would go on loan to Stoke City before his contract was ultimately allowed to run out. In total, Williams would accrue 73 appearances in a Toffees shirt. Williams career in total would see him play more than 240 Premier League games and more than 150 Championship League games. He would spend most of his career at Stockport County or Swansea City before rounding out his time with Everton and Stoke City.
Brendan Galloway (Released): Galloway came up from the MK Dons youth system before ending up at Everton on a five-year contract. He spent all his time virtually with the Toffees on loan to second- and third-tier clubs were he was unsuccessful at breaking into the senior squads. This concludes his deal and the Toffees have opted to cut ties with Galloway, allowing him to transfer elsewhere if he wishes.
Last Updated: July 3, 2019