Loads of Everton fans have been reflecting on one of the weirdest transfers in recent history, as Wednesday marked Eliaquim Mangala’s 28th birthday.
Everton have had real trouble transforming their defence in recent years, seemingly in a constant search for their next iconic back four as players like Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka reach the end of their time at the top level.
While the likes of Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma are showing signs of being long-term Goodison favourites, the same could not be said for Mangala, who joined the Toffees on loan in January 2018.
The French international cost Manchester City a whopping £32m back in 2014, but has made just 57 league appearances for the Cityzens in nearly five years, with none of those coming this campaign.
His loan move to Everton was of course designed to help him re-gain form and fitness, and he did the complete opposite, injuring his knee in his debut against Crystal Palace.
He made just two league appearances for Everton, and now fails to even make the bench back at the Etihad.
Many fans have been discussing the defender, perhaps because his disastrous move sums up their transfer activity in recent years, and you can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
What an Everton career this lad had ???
— steve brown (@scouse51976) February 13, 2019
— R. (@exiledtoffee) February 13, 2019
— Fergus O’Connor (@Feedtheyak22) February 13, 2019
Might have been decent for Everton if injuries didn’t derail his time at Goodison
— Mark Langshaw (@MarkLangshaw) February 13, 2019
Always forget he played for us ?
— Brim? (@elliotbrimagei1) February 13, 2019
Whoever is selling these passports is doing well. Keita is about 42 aswell
— Scouse Blue. (@SirMarcoSilva19) February 13, 2019
— Scott Davies (@Scottdavies_7) February 13, 2019
Thanks for the good times.
— Paul J Wheatley (@DukeofGlamis) February 13, 2019