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Everton’s 2019 signees under scrutiny for underperformance

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Everton’s midfield woes continue as Allan makes the list

Everton are currently facing all sorts of problems, from injuries, to sub-par displays by most players who were expected to perform impeccably, especially those acquired expensively in 2019.

The Toffees expected great results, but that hasn’t been the case so far. While most of the year’s signings have met expectations, some didn’t even want to stay at the club and left.

Among those who failed to deliver at Everton was goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, who left early this year after not playing a single game for The Blues since he was signed. Frenchman Sidibe, on the other hand, wasn’t bought after a poor loan term, so he rejoined Monaco.

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Despite a successful loan term which saw him permanently signed at 22 million pounds from Barcelona, Andre Gomes’ form declined after an injury, and he is now a rare sight at Everton. Fabian Delph’s experience couldn’t help him lead younger players like Marco Silva expected, because the midfielder hasn’t played much due to constant unfitness.

25M pounds signee Moise Kean had a poor first season at Everton and wanted out, first going to PSG, and now Juventus on loan, hence the 21-year old hasn’t been impactful to Benitez’s side. Got on a similar amount to Kean, Jean-Phillipe Gbamin has only played five times since his arrival and is mostly out on injury.

Alex Iwobi’s acquisition is perhaps the most unfruitful one of that season. After paying a hefty fee and ignoring medicals, The Toffees haven’t had a glimpse of the striker they expected the Nigerian to be. He has 6 goals in 76 matches for the club, a true disappointment.

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After all these players signed in a single season failed to deliver, it is clear that the Club either didn’t do their research well, or haven’t demanded enough. Either situation is questionable.

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco
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According to the Daily Star, senior Everton officials are furious with Farhad Moshiri over his weekend meetings with Vitor Pereira.

Moshiri met with the contender for talks in Monaco, according to the newspaper’s print copy (25/01).

Given how disastrous the move to appoint Rafa Benitez was, board members at Goodison Park are thought to have strong opposition.

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“Board and on the senior executive, especially given the disastrous appointment of Rafa Benitez,” the piece concluded.

Moshiri appeared to be going in headfirst and making the decision without engaging anyone.

This just goes to show that, while he may be a terrific businessman, his football brain is still lagging behind and causing serious problems at Goodison Park.

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The owner is in desperate need of advice because some of his recent actions have been comical.

The fans are grateful to those senior board members who opted to stand up and be counted on this occasion, preventing a catastrophe.

Pereira may have won awards during his career, but he did so in nations like China, Greece, and Portugal, where it is expected.

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Hopefully, Moshiri will listen to his board members more often, and they will assist him in making the best decision possible to move the Toffees ahead rather than backward.

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Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

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Ferguson drops Benitez favourite, Gordon starts

After the firing of Rafa Benitez last week, Everton are about to enter yet another new chapter.

The Spaniard has left, and Duncan Ferguson, an Everton icon, has taken his position, at least temporarily.

The Scot is back in control of the Toffees as an interim manager, and he’ll be looking for a repeat of his success from last season.

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Ferguson was put in charge on an interim basis when Marco Silva was fired, and it’s fair to say he performed an excellent job, famously defeating Chelsea in a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park.

Ferguson is expected to remain with the 4-4-2 formation, but he may make a few adjustments.

The back four is the same as the one that lost to Norwich. There are some who argue that Seamus Coleman should be replaced given his recent poor performances, but he is the club captain, and Ferguson will almost certainly want him to be his on-field captain.

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The midfield is also unchanged, but don’t be surprised if Andros Townsend is called upon at some time.

After working with Salomon Rondon at both Newcastle and Dalian Yifang, Rafa Benitez was instrumental in getting him to the club, but we expect him to be benched in favor of Richarlison here.

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Everton turn noses up at manager after talks held this week-report

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Everton senior board members fume as Farhad Moshiri talks with Vitor Pereira in Monaco

Even in the muddy waters and urgent need for Rafa Benitez’s replacement, Everton seem keen on certain qualifications and won’t settle for less.

According to The Telegraph, Everton’s final list of three for the new manager included former Juventus centre-back Fabio Cannavaro, but the Liverpool Echo differs, clarifying that the Italian is currently not a prospect.

The report suggests that the 48-year old is “not good enough” to succeed Rafa Benitez, revealing that the Toffees are instead still hanging on to the likes of Rooney and Lampard, among other big names.

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Cannavaro, who coached Guangzhou and other Asian clubs, has no Premier League experience and could have perhaps raised eyebrows if he was chosen over the other names. The current interim manager, Ferguson, reportedly wants a longer contract and could take over as the new boss.

The fact that Fabio was wanted by Poland (though he declined the offer) as their national team coach, speaks volumes about his capability. However, Everton seem convinced that others, especially Rooney, will do a greater job at Goodison Park, as the Toffees have distanced themselves from any more talks with the Italian, according to reports.

The Liverpool-based side is still in talks with various interests, though, and before everything is on paper, anyone with the needed expertise and profile is still very much in the race.

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