Everton enjoyed a quiet Domestic Deadline Day on the incomings front this Friday, with Carlo Ancelotti not feeling the need to push Director of Football Marcel Brands into exploring EFL clubs for late additions that could strengthen his side.
But on the other front, Brands and Ancelotti will have been left disappointed to see so many of the Italian’s fringe players deemed surplus to requirements still remain at Finch Farm, having failed to offload the deadwood with no hopes of featuring in the first-team this season.
Yannick Bolasie is one who remains on Merseyside despite Ancelotti stating that he will not call on the DR Congo international to feature, with the winger unable to secure a late loan move to Middlesbrough as a deal could not be agreed between the two sides.
Matthew Pennington, Beni Baningime and Nathan Broadhead also look set to remain at Finch Farm for the foreseeable now that the domestic window has closed, leaving defender Callum Connolly in a rare group to have secured moves away after returning to Fleetwood Town.
Connolly is into the final year of his Everton contract but will spend the season with the League One side he joined on a half-season loan last term, making it likely he will leave the Toffees as a free agent next summer.
The 23-year-old’s departure will possibly now set a tone at Finch Farm of fringe players leaving for free in 2021, or in bargain winter deals, with Brands relatively out of other options having seen potential suitors favour other targets.
Everton would have hoped to free more of the deadwood from the club’s books this summer, with Bolasie’s £75,000-per-week contract, Muhamed Besic’s £30k-p/w deal, Baningime’s £8k-p/w terms and the contracts of others bloating a substantial wage bill.
Brands will find it tougher than ever in January to find clubs willing to shell out transfer fees for those Ancelotti has no use for, and may find himself forced to accept any offers that will stop Everton from handing over more and more cash if mutual terminations are not on the cards.
But no matter what the future has in line for Bolasie, Pennington, Baningime and the likes, the summer will be looked back on in poor light after Everton’s woeful record of moving on those that are unneeded. Something that even the arrivals of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure cannot cover.