Everton signed eight new players over the summer transfer window and Frank Lampard will be delighted with the progress the team has made so far following a disappointing relegation scrap at the bottom of the table last season in the Premier League.
Many of the new additions at Goodison Park seem to be making a good impact on the team as the Toffees are now unbeaten in their last five, picking up four draws and one win from their first seven outings in the top flight so far, meaning they currently sit 13th in the table.
Despite the good start, Lampard will still be wanting more from his squad with Richarlison’s exit and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems contributing to the lack of goals, which led to Everton being active in the transfer window up until the final hours and minutes of Deadline Day.
Unfortunately, the powers at the club were unable to secure another forward signing despite their efforts and it could be something the club regrets as the season goes on.
One player who was linked with a move to Merseyside was Shakhtar Donetsk star Mykhaylo Mudryk, Shakhtar chief, Darijo Srna claims that the club made a €30m (£26m) bid for the talented youngster.
“We received an offer of €30m [from Everton],” Srna revealed to CBS Sports.
“Mudryk is a serious talent. After Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr, he’s the best player in Europe in his position.”
“If someone wants to buy Mudryk they must spend a lot, a lot, a lot of money and respect our club and our president.”
Indeed, his performances have now attracted more interest with the winger believed to be taking the fancy of Everton’s fierce Merseyside rivals Liverpool, who could be forced to pay around £50m if they want to bring him to the red side of the city.
However, with Richarlison’s move to Tottenham Hotspur, the Ukrainian rising star could have been the perfect prodigy for Lampard to polish up and develop in the Brazilian’s former position on the left wing. That’s because the player has displayed enormous creativity and attacking capabilities over his short career so far.
Mudryk has registered a goal contribution every 87 minutes for Donetsk with four strikes and 12 assists so far over 31 appearances and has already been making a name for himself this season in the Champions League. After just two games he’s had some hugely influential performances in the group stage.
The 21-year-old scored once and assisted twice in Shakhtar’s 4-1 opener against RB Leipzig and followed up his form in Europe with a rasping goal against Celtic too, which has attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in world football.
With that being said, Everton may have now lost out on their chance to sign the player who could go to a club with much more tempting opportunities to continue playing in the Champions League, and Farhad Moshiri will surely be regretful that he didn’t push harder for Mudryk.