Carlo Ancelotti’s first transfer window as the new head coach of Everton has been and gone and now it’s time for the Toffees to start planning for the upcoming summer.
Without a doubt, there are some players who simply aren’t justifying their wage and deserve to be offloaded once the window reopens for business.
So with that in mind, here are three players Ancelotti should be looking to axe to free up a significant chunk of his wage bill.
The 31-year-old defensive midfielder is a bit-part player at Everton and his fortunes haven’t improved since Ancelotti took charge.
His contract is still active until the summer of 2021 but with his current annual salary of £5.2m – which makes him the fourth joint-highest paid player in the squad – it would be wise for Everton to try and move him on.
The likes of Tom Davies, Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all competing for a place in the heart of midfield and, with that in mind, it’s unlikely that Schneiderlin will represent anything more than a squad player at best when the aforementioned quarter are fully fit.
A salary of £100k-per-week is hardly reflective of the Frenchman’s ability and importance to the club.
Ancelotti should get him off the wage bill when he has the chance.
If Schneiderlin’s case was bad then Oumar Niasse’s is definitely beyond repair.
The 29-year-old centre-forward is nowhere near the squad at the moment and it seems rather unlikely that his fortune is going to change any time soon.
So far in the 2019/20 campaign, Niasse has played just 199 minutes across all competitions, taking part in just five games overall.
Unfortunately for the experienced striker, he can’t compete with the likes of Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his return of 12 goals in 65 appearances proves he’s out of his depth at this level.
The best thing for both parties would be to call it quits once the deal officially runs out.
Bolasie’s Everton career looked more or less dead and buried when he was loaned out to Sporting CP last summer.
Injuries have played a huge part in derailing his progress at Goodison Park, limiting both his game time and general impact when he has featured.
The experienced forward has only managed to play 32 games for the club, registering just two goals and four assists.
Most of his time has actually been spent on loans and that suggests his future lies away from the club.
His current contract is also due to expire in the coming summer and that means the player will become a free agent once his loan spell in Portugal comes to a close.
Bolasie is earning £3.9m on his current deal with the Toffees and shipping him off and getting him off the wage bill is naturally in Everton’s best interests.
Summer exits for all three players would free up £11.96m from their wage bill, which is a significant amount by all means.