Everton’s versatile Jean-Philippe Gbamin gives Marco Silva a reliable centre-back option

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You could argue that Everton had one of the best transfer windows out of any club in the Premier League.

The Toffees signed seven new players, bolstering almost every position on the pitch.

They signed Jonas Lossl as backup for Jordan Pickford.

Djibril Sidibe to compete with Seamus Coleman.

Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes to fill the midfield.

And lastly, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean to bolster the attack.

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However, one thing that Marcel Brands did not do was sign a new centre-back after Phil Jagielka and Kurt Zouma left, leaving Marco Silva with just two senior options in that department – Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, the latter of whom missed 25 games in 2018/19 through injury.

Marcos Rojo was reportedly on the Merseysiders’ radar, but a move for the Manchester United man never materialised.

Aside from the aforementioned duo, you could say that Mason Holgate is an option despite the 22-year-old spending most of his recent time as a right-back, whilst academy prospect Lewis Gibson impressed in pre-season and could be on hand to deputise.

Having said that, another reliable presence is available to Silva in the form of a player who had been signed as Idrissa Gueye’s replacement – Gbamin.

If you didn’t already know, the Ivory Coast international can play at centre-back as well as at right-back, although with Sidibe’s arrival he probably won’t be needed in the latter area.

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Transfermarkt highlights the fact that the 23-year-old can play in midfield, as well as being comfortable in both the left centre-back and right centre-back positions.

Whilst he shouldn’t be needed there if Mina and Keane can stay fit and also avoid suspension, Gbamin’s presence in the squad gives Silva another dependable option to cover the role and his ability to cover a number of positions could be vital for the Toffees this season.

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