Shanghai Tarashaji. Contract terminated.
Shani Tarashaji. Oumar Niasse. Released.
While Marcel Brands is cautious about the transfer market in January, could loans fill gaps created by the breach?
Cenk Tosun. Still at the club.
Ademola Lookman. The same, though with a healthy profit.
Morgan Schneiderlin. Sold.
Jarrad Branthwaite. Really promising. One for the future.
Theo Walcott. Borrowed.
Eliaquim Mangala. Has only played twice due to an injury.
Apart from Everton’s latest transfer window deal in January, the winter was bleak in terms of recruitment.
The club has a largely undesirable track record, and football director Marcel Brands wants to avoid history repeating itself.
His reluctance to make moves in this window is well known, his reasons are logical, and it is clear that Carlo Ancelotti partly shares this caution.
“Statistically,” he says, “the signatures in January turn out to be bad transfer decisions.
But only some.
Ancelotti has insisted that the talks about the January window with Brands have not yet taken place, but if the right deal is made, he wants to expand his options, perhaps only on a loan basis, but especially if the injuries continue.
After all, Everton’s manager, like everyone in his industry, would never turn down an opportunity to strengthen his team, and it is believed that he is understandably looking into what the market might offer.
Because while the Dutchman’s argument, who says that the January market is more for those clubs that have “problems” and that there is no winter break (which was cancelled this season) where new players could go to bed, there is also the counter-argument.
The Italian believes that with a fully operational squad, the Blues can crack the top six this season, but if the absentees continue to hurt the team, it could strengthen its arguments to Brands and the board to ask them to do business.