Having splashed the cash on three new players this window, there could be a mass exodus at Everton before next month’s transfer deadline, say emerging reports…
According to the Mirror, the Toffees may have to shift several fringe players on in order to restore balance amongst the squad and one of last summer’s signings is thought to be among the names.
Alex Iwobi has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti and it’s believed he could command a decent fee after he cost a total of £34m over a year ago.
The likes of Moise Kean, Yannick Bolasie, Sandro Ramirez and Mo Besic are also thought to be free to leave should a decent offer come in this window.
The Nigerian international hasn’t even been named in either of Everton’s opening two fixtures – a Premier League away victory at Spurs and an EFL Cup second-round triumph over Harrogate Town earlier this week.
It appears that young prospect Anthony Gordon is even ahead of him in the pecking order now, which is hardly a good look for someone that cost a whopping £34m.
Even Darren Bent has slammed his form this term, claiming: “For all his endeavour – he does work really hard and he tries really hard – there’s no end product, there’s no quality there. Since he’s signed, he’s done next to nothing.”
Iwobi is also under contract until 2024 on wages thought to be £50k-per-week, per Spotrac.
Therefore, Marcel Brands’ gamble last summer has already cost the club in excess of £37m – and counting – so it may well even prove hard to shift him on this window.
Or at least, they’ll struggle to get anywhere near that total.
Whilst the Dutch director of football should be lauded for his midfield triple swoop of James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, we mustn’t forget deals like Iwobi’s happened under his control.
It has been one costly catastrophe.
AND in other news, Toffees must win the race to secure £15m-rated “complete package”…