So far this season, Everton have only won five of their 17 Premier League games, drawing four and losing eight along the way, currently placing them 15th in the table with 19 points prior to today’s fixtures.
With the January transfer window close to opening, this could give Toffees manager Rafael Benitez the opportunity to make some changes to his squad that he feels would be beneficial for the club as they aim to move up the table.
Along with looking at bringing some new players to Goodison Park next month, it could be worth Everton getting rid of some members of their current squad who Benitez may not see as adequate for him and what he wants to do at the club. One player who should be in the frame for a potential January exit from Merseyside is Fabian Delph.
With just six Premier League appearances under his belt so far this season (three starts), the midfielder’s performances in those games have earned him a rather uninspiring overall season rating of 6.33/10, making him the lowest-rated Everton player to have started more than two league games in the current campaign according to WhoScored.
As well as his disappointing performances in the league this term, the 32-year-old has also struggled with numerous injuries since arriving at Goodison Park from Manchester City in 2019, showing that he hasn’t been particularly reliable for the Toffees and is arguably stealing a living at the club.
Even though fellow Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin has also struggled with injuries during his time at the club, it would be worth Benitez getting rid of Delph instead of the 26-year-old, as unlike the ex-City midfielder, the Ivorian still has the potential to make a name for himself for the Toffees given his age profile.
Also, with Gbamin earning less than the £92k-per-week wages that Delph is currently collecting, it would be better for the club’s finances to get the Englishman off their wage bill in January.
If Benitez does get rid of Delph next month – which could be very pleasing for a number of Everton fans given how the midfielder got into a social media spat with some supporters in the past – then the Spaniard will need to ensure that he brings in another midfielder to replace him, ideally one who isn’t as injury-prone and can consistently deliver better performances than the 32-year-old.