EVERTON TRANSFER ROUNDUP 2020-21

EVERTON TRANSFER ROUNDUP 2020-21

Everton, being the other club coming from Merseyside, is now being managed by possibly their best catch in history – CARLO ANCELOTTI  giving them maximum pull power they could utilize in the transfer market. The club, under the ownership of Farhad Moshiri and under the directorship of Marcel Brands was working on attracting top talents such as Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina, Moise Kean, etc. The club with Ancelloti helming the reins aims for a top 4 finish in the points table at most. The club had a disappointing 2019/20 season with Everton finishing in the below half of the table at 12th position and is looking for the top half of the table to restore its position at least. 

At the back, Everton has cut aging defenders Leighton Baines and Cuco Martina from their roster as well as allowed left-back Luke Garbutt to join League One club Blackpool on a free transfer and signed 19-year-old French left-back Niels Nkounkou as well as included English right-back Jonjoe Kenny in the first-team squad who previously was on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke FC as Seamus Coleman’s understudy.  At the central defense, Everton is in search of a defender who can operate in defensive midfield and have filled this void by signing Norwich’s Ben Godfrey for €25 Million. Everton, before COVID-19 hit the turf, was in advanced negotiations to sign former Lille’s Brazilian  Centre Back Gabriel for €30 Million, who eventually joined Arsenal for roughly the same amount. Everton also got knocked back in pursuits of signing Chelsea duo Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori which got blocked by Frank Lampard before finally signing him. Godfrey, along with Max  Aaron and Jamal Lewis, stood out for Norwich and can flourish at top-level football in Everton. He will be joining England centre-back  Michael Keane, Columbian Yerry Mina youngster Mason Holgate in defensive cavalry. Norwich received offers from Bayer Leverkusen and  AC Milan for Godfrey. Daniel Farke, while managing Norwich  compared his playing style to English defensive legend Rio Ferdinand.

In the keeping department, Jordan Pickford has been under fire due to his below-par performances in the previous season and Carlo Ancelloti sounded out the need for another keeper to challenge Pickford for the no. 1 position with Maarten Stekelenburg leaving the club to join Ajax on a free transfer. The club sounded out closer to home options with Paulo Gazzaniga from Tottenham and Sergio Romero from  Manchester United after the arrivals of Joe Hart and Dean Henderson respectively. Everton was hoping to sign anyone of them on loan with Spurs and United focusing only on permanent deals making them abandon the chase. Everton then moved towards Italy with both AS Roma keepers Pau Lopez and Robin Olsen available for sale after losing their starting position to Antonio Mirante. Everton finally settled on signing the Swedish international Robin Olsen on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. Robin Olsen arrived at Roma in 2018 to replace outgoing Alisson Becker but failed to live up to the standards and is looking to revive his career at the Merseyside.

In midfield, Everton saw a big overhaul with the signing of Brazilian veteran Allan from Napoli, Columbian talisman James Rodriguez and Frenchman Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford. James Rodriguez and  Allan, having worked with Carlo Ancelloti before were well versed with his managing style and were brought in to usher in a new era at the blue bandwagons of Merseyside. Rodriguez could bolster attacking threats by creating chances from either the midfield or on either side of the wings, partnering with Dominic Calvert Lewin as shadow striker allowing Richarlison to move back into his preferred position. Allan, on the other hand, is a fantastic ball winner and will hold the fort in the center allowing Rodriguez to go forward and do his thing. He averaged 3.51 tackles and 1.12 interceptions per 90 minutes for  Napoli last season, making him stand out among the rest of Serie A  midfielders as well stressing the importance of Everton being in  constant negotiations with Napoli to grab the Brazilian to revitalize midfield for the season. Abdoulaye Doucure is a fantastic box to box midfielder who is capable of both sit and win the ball in a rigid structure and can perform in a high press situation without undermining his ability to operate in the No. 10 role which was missing at  Everton in the previous season giving Gylfi Sigurdsson a rotating role and taking off burden over him. The Frenchmen are precise and progressive as well as are known to create scoring chances giving Calvert Lewin or Richarlison ample room to convert them and score goals. Allan and Doucoure being proven ball winners and more mobile and aggressive than the current pair of Andre Gomes and Gylfi  Sigurdsson, can as a pair help Everton to dominate possession, outmaneuver the opposition, and act as a defensive wall in front of their center backs. Rodriguez, on the other side with Richarlison and Alex  Iwobi, with Theo Walcott joining Southampton on loan, would create one of Premier League’s quickest and most mobile forward line supporting Calvert Lewin in Ancelloti’s high pressing system. James would also find himself with increased spaces where he can pick passes and create chances. 

Carlo Ancelloti was in favor of having another forward but preferred to put his money on Dominic Calvert Lewin, who while writing this is currently scoring goals (6 to be precise) and becoming a fan favorite of every FPL manager. Everton made a huge signing in young Italian forward Moise Kean, who at one time was touted as Juventus' future in forward line, but was restricted to mere substitute performances at the Blue Merseyside club. There were rumors of Kean making his way back to Turin by joining Juventus either on loan or in a swap deal with  Aaron Ramsey arriving at Merseyside, but it didn’t materialize and at the end, Kean sealed a deadline day move to French Champions and  Champions League Finalist Paris Saint Germain on loan for the season along with Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez joining La Liga side SD  Huesca on a free transfer.

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