Transfer market Everton: revenge recruited on the gong to save themselves from relegation

In the fight for its survival in the Premier League, the Mersey club bet on several high-sounding names on the last day of the transfer window. On paper, it’s beautiful, but on the ground, the Toffees play big.

Sixteenth in the Premier League standings, with four points ahead of the first relegated (Newcastle), Everton plays its skin. And to get out of this trap, the Toffees bet on Ukrainian defender Vitaly Mykolenko and his Scottish counterpart Nathan Patterson. But not only. Yesterday, on the last day of the winter market, Everton bet on tinsel. At least, famous names from the English championship. Thus, to replace the Spaniard Rafa Benitez, the Toffees went to look for a Frank Lampard who had been out of work for a year.

Fired from Chelsea after a year and a half spent on the bench for the Blues, Lampard had been praised on his debut at Derby County and then for having launched several young Chelsea players (faced with the recruitment ban imposed by FIFA). However, after an encouraging first year with the Blues, the former midfielder had not been able to perform well despite a 2020 summer transfer window of more than €200 million. Back at the helm of a club less upscale than Chelsea, Lampard, who signed a lease until 2024, will he be able to bounce back? Everton is not an NBA franchise, but when it comes to rebound, there is also something to say about other newcomers.

The Toffees bet on several elements in a situation of failure

Starting with Donny van de Beek, on loan until the end of the season. At 24, the Batavian is a big flop of Manchester United. Seductive at Ajax then sold to the Red Devils for 40 M€, the midfielder never knew how to win at Old Trafford. It’s simple, since his arrival in the north-west of England in 2020, his record has been starving: 4 starts in the Premier League, 2 goals and 2 assists in 50 games, all competitions combined. Frustrated in Manchester, van de Beek has, on paper, everything from a vengeful player wanting to prove his worth. In addition, less than a year from the World Cup in Qatar, the Dutchman has a vital need for playing time to stay in the sights of his national coach.

Finally, we had to stay awake until more than one o’clock in the morning to see his arrival be formalized. At 25, Dele Alli finally leaves Tottenham to try his luck elsewhere. Often announced as a starter, especially on loan and often at PSG, the English winger was in distress with the Spurs. Considered a nugget in the making when he joined Tottenham in 2015, the English international (37 caps, 3 goals) has never been able to produce regular performances. Author of 44 league goals in his first three seasons with Spurs, Alli has seen his performance decline year after year. The last two seasons have been even worse. The former number 20 was no longer a starter and almost more decisive (5 goals, 6 assists in 37 matches, in all competitions). Recruited for €12m, or even a little more with bonuses (up to €40m depending on the performance of the player and the team), should Dele Alli leave his London cocoon to relaunch a stagnant career? Answer within a few months.

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