Yes or No? Which of these 12 Everton players should leave the club
New Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands wants to shift quite a high proportion of the Everton first team squad off the wage bill and give the new Everton manager Marco Silva a more manageable group.
Currently Silva has 38 players in the first team squad and we will look at the players likely to be under threat or wanting to leave.
Wayne wanted a final swansong at Everton and in his first few months at the club he lead by example scoring important goals and getting assists. Following the arrival of Sam Allardyce as manager his form dipped and he found himself in and out of the team and often finding himself as the first player substituted. Moving forward Rooney would find a Marco Silva team hard to adapt to, especially as the Portuguese requires a high tempo, pressing team – something what is probably too much for Rooney at this stage of his career. It makes sense for all parties for him to join DC United (Something we believe was signed off weeks ago), gain his coaching badges and become the face of the MLS.
Verdict: Yes, sold and £180k per week wages off the bill.
The Welshman was bought from Swansea for £12m with much promise and initially the Everton defence did look a little stronger under his guidance, but the move looks to have proved a little bit too much for Williams at this stage of his career and his performances in an Everton shirt took a nosedive. Turning 34 in a couple of months, Williams is coming to the end of his career but still has a lot to offer the right team – But that team isn’t Everton.
Verdict – Yes, sold – Would suit a lower Premier League team or a Championship team looking for promotion and leadership.
Ramiro Funes Mori
A serious injury at the start of last season on international duty cost Funes Mori a place in the Everton team, but in reality he was likely going to be sold by Ronald Koeman if the injury came about. Signed from South American side River Plate in slightly strange circumstances, Funes Mori on his day can be a beast of a defender and did settle in well to life in England. Unfortunately, them beast days are quite often followed by headless chicken mistakes and lapses in concentration.
Funes Mori is likely to want a move back to South America and links with a move to Monterrey to join up with his twin brother have been heavily touted over the last few weeks. Funes Mori is a decent defender and a good option to have, but I don’t believe that many Everton supporters would think he is the final solution or that he couldn’t be replaced quite easily.
Verdict: Yes, Sold – Probably back to South America
Schneiderlin is probably the most frustrating signing that has been made since Farhad Moshiri came into the club. The Frenchman has all the talent in the world and on his day can be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League but unfortunately he comes with a huge amount of attitude and if he doesn’t want to play – he won’t. Reports of being sent home for training and very lackadaisical performances on the pitch for much of the 2017/2018 season have seen Schneiderlin become a target for unhappy Everton supporters. Evertonians want 2 main things, 100% effort and 100% commitment. At times last season Schniederlin (often due to his playing style) looked like he was barely giving 10%. Evertonians don’t forget and very rarely forgive – no matter how well he plays.
Verdict: Yes, sold. Schneiderlin is still probably our best midfielder and could work very well in a Silva side, but he himself likely wants out of the club and the supporters probably wouldn’t miss him. I could see a move back to France or to a team like West Ham United.
The Dutchman was the captain of Ajax. He was a leader for his country. He scored goals for fun. He moved to Everton and the Premier League made him look like a child playing against men. Klaassen looked too slow for the Premier League and too weak physically too. For someone signed for around £24m, the Dutchman really failed to adapt to the league. Lots of that though was due to the fact that he was very rarely used and even by the end of the campaign had only played 251 minutes for the club. One thing Klaassen has going for him though is that he doesn’t quit and Evertonians like an underdog. He kept working hard under Koeman, Unsworth and Allardyce and supporters were clambering for him to make appearances.
Verdict: Yes, sold or loan. Despite his popularity, Klaassen is unlikely to make it in an Everton shirt, despite his pedigree. A move to Turkey or Italy looks likely.
The Spaniard was banging in goals the season before he was purchased by Everton in a bargain £5m deal. He scored 14 goals in 30 match in La Liga for a fairly standard Malaga team. Evertonians were excited. When Sandro rarely got on the pitch for Everton though he looked like Bambi on ice. Think of a player that was trying to hard to make an impression and you would think of Sandro. He was frozen out the team and the stories of failing to settle came out. A loan move back to Sevilla only heralded 13 appearances and 1 assist but in reality the Spaniard only played 715 minutes and most of them were off the bench.
Verdict: No, keep. Probably going against the grain, but the Spaniard could do well in a pressing game under Marco Silva. He clearly has pedigree but needs to get used to the league. I would keep him and see if he can adapt. If he fails, sell in January.
The Bosnian was bought off the back of a brilliant World Cup 4 years ago, marking Lionel Messi out of the game when they played Argentina. When he was in the Everton team though, you could see an inexperience to his game while playing midfield – afterall, with his previous club he had played as a centre back. Despite his popularity at Everton, Besic has never cemented a place in the team and looks likely to move on. A very good move to Middlesbrough showed that he does have talent, but a serious knee injury has taken something from his game.
Verdict: Yes, sold. A move to Middlesbrough makes sense for all parties and would allow for Besic to continue his development at a good club.
Bolasie has had a tough time since he joined the club. He was topping the charts with assists before a very serious Cruciate and Meniscus rupture forced the winger out for well over a year. He came back last winter and was forced into the team very early and in reality his body wasn’t ready. It still isn’t. It might never be ready for Everton. With a serious injury like Bolasie suffered, a player often doesn’t come back to their best for a good 18 months after making their comeback. Unfortunately for the Congalese international he is 29 and Everton probably can’t wait until he is in his 30’s, especially when they have a wealth of younger more dynamic options. I like Bolasie, he used to get us up the pitch quick – but since he has come back his body isn’t doing this things it once could and this is affecting his decision making. A loan could do him a world of good, but really a move would probably be better.
Verdict: Yes, sold. A move to a London team would be good for the lad. Crystal Palace or Watford would be a smart option.
The Swiss international was signed by Roberto Martinez in a £3m move and it got Evertonians excited. He was supposed to be the golden child of Swiss football. A serious of injuries, failing to adapt and lack of game time have meant that he has very rarely played over the last 3 years.
Verdict: Yes, sold. Needs to move to get gametime.
If ever there was an example of a promising signing not progressing then Galloway is the prime example. Signed from MK Dons in a £4m move, the England under 21 international was quickly into the Everton team and playing well. The centre-back was often used at leftback and did very well. To get more gametime the now 22 year old went on loan to West Bromwich Albion under Tony Pulis, but unfortunately only played 3 games before being bombed out the side as the dinosaur wanted more experienced players. That season set the youngster back and a loan move to Sunderland last season was equally shite seeing him make only 7 appearances.
Verdict: Yes, sold. Galloway needs to get his career back on track and a move down the leagues would suit him. Moving to a lower championship team or even a league one team seems sensible.
Marcel Brands has hinted that Evertons young players that aren’t so young anymore, will probably leave the club to help them get first team football. Pennington is a prime example. He has rarely played for the club, but always done well when being called on. He’s 23 years old now and did reasonably well in a loan move to championship club Leeds United last season. He probably needs to move to the Championship to prove himself.
Verdict: Yes, sold. Prove yourself in the Championship lad.
Touted by David Unsworth as the best one on one defender at the club, Browning his a strong imposing centre back, who can also play at right back. He went onloan with Galloway to Sunderland last season and despite relegation to League one, he made 27 appearances. He is 24 now though and needs to move to progress his career.
Verdict: Yes, sold. A move to the Championship would benefit the lad.
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