Everton signed Eliaquim Mangala on loan from Manchester City in the latter stages of the January transfer window.
The 26-year-old had a rotten debut for the Toffees as he was a part of the team that lost 5-1 at Arsenal on February 3.
Mangala did start Everton’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, but the defender had to be substituted late in the first period when he picked up a knee problem.
The Frenchman, who is valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, took to Twitter on Sunday to pay tribute to his teammates, and also to reveal that he hoped to be back on the field quite soon.
There was a mixed reaction from the Everton fans, however, with some asking the centre-back to take his time as the team are better off without him.
There were plenty though that hoped he would make a quick return to Sam Allardyce’s starting XI.
Mangala probably gets a lot of unfair stick, but there is no question that he has a lot to do when it comes to winning over his new team’s supporters.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Good win yesterday, congratulations to all the team. We had the right attitude and manage to win. I hope to come back soon. pic.twitter.com/RqA6oAnaKI
— Eliaquim Mangala (@Elia22Mangala) February 11, 2018
Take your time mate
— gb (@WsagGb) February 11, 2018
Best wishes Eliaquim. Get fit and get yourself back in the team. Looked a good balance with you and Keane on Saturday
— Dave (@DaveW_1878) February 12, 2018
take no notice of the negative blues mate ur better than anyone of are defenders hope you sign for us after your loan spell ?
— ashd (@ash1234518) February 12, 2018
Good luck on your recovery @Elia22Mangala, great player. The team will miss you.
— Mark Swin (@markswin) February 12, 2018
Don't like to see players getting injury. But make sure u take long as possible perhaps till summer.
— ASH (@Ashkingman) February 12, 2018
Sorry about your injury, I don't see any improvement from Arsenal, other than the manager picking better key players! Take your time tho hey, May… whenever.
— mace (@jemmace8) February 12, 2018
No rush fella.
— Chris Brennan (@Db53debbie) February 11, 2018
Please tell me you injury isnt to serious COYB ?
— Julie (@juliekennedy63) February 11, 2018
but they are better off without you bruh
— Judy ? _ Chief (@munyaij0422) February 11, 2018