Four players who should leave Everton in the summer

Gary McCarty 16/05/2017  13 Comments  [Jump to last]
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With the 2016-17 Premier League campaign drawing to a close, the transfer window is almost upon us. Like the rest of the teams in the English top flight, Everton will be busy in the summer, both signing players and offloading those who are not needed.

Having finished outside the top six of the Premier League this season, we will be aiming to break into the Champions League in 2017-18. Evertonians will be hoping that the club are planning some major signings, which means that some of the current squad players will have to leave. Below is a look at four players in the current Everton squad who, to varying degrees, might not have a future at Goodison Park and would benefit from leaving Goodison Park this summer.

Maarten Stekelenburg

Stekelenburg joined Everton from Fulham in the summer of 2016 on a three-year contract, but despite his presumed affinity with compatriot Ronald Koeman, it would not be a complete surprise if he moved on in the summer transfer window. The 34-year-old goalkeeper lost his place in the starting lineup in the latter half of the 2016-17 season, only reclaiming it towards the end thanks to Joel Robles's indifferent form but with the management team believed to be in the market for a new, long-term "No.1", it is hard to see him playing regularly next season if a new first-choice 'keeper is signed.

Would the former AS Roma man be willing to play second fiddle during the 2017-18 campaign? With one-time Blues target Jack Butland 7/1 to leave Stoke City for Manchester City, Stekelenburg could be a good signing for the Potters on a one-year deal.

Ross Barkley

Barkley has the potential to be one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, but the season just past revealed that he might not enjoy the best of relationships with Koeman; the Dutchman recently gave him an ultimatum about a new contract and was not averse to criticising his form during interviews. With season now coming to an end, punters will be using the transfer market to appease their betting instincts.

Given the size of the sports betting industry – it is worth over £600bn a year – one can expect a lot of football followers to wager bets on players switching clubs in the summer. Many football betting websites have made Tottenham Hotspur as the favourites to sign Barkley, although Arsenal and Manchester City are also said to be in the running. Backing Barkley to leave Goodison Park appears to be one an attractive bet.

Arouna Kone

Kone has been at Everton since 2013, but things have not worked out for the former Ivory Coast international. The 33-year-old striker struggled to make an impact at Goodison Park thanks to injury and the form of Romelu Lukaku and he is virtually guaranteed not to be in an Everton shirt next season because his contract expires in June.

The former Wigan Athletic striker has not made a single start in the Premier League this season, while during the 2015-16 campaign he scored five goals in 25 league matches. Kone’s current contract with the Merseyside outfit runs out in the summer, and it would come as a massive surprise if he is offered a new deal. The striker is not good enough for the Premier League, but he could do a job in the Championship. Aston Villa, who are 8/1 to win the Championship title next season, would boost their chances if they have Kone in the squad as an impact substitute.

Enner Valencia

Valencia is currently on loan from Premier League rivals West Ham United. The 27-year-old forward has not made a big impact at Goodison Park, and it is unlikely that the Toffees will sign him on a permanent contract. Not only has the Ecuador international struggled to establish himself in the Everton starting lineup, but he has also failed to play well consistently when he has come as a substitute. Three goals in 625 minutes of Premier League football is far from encouraging; with West Ham reportedly demanding £12 million to part company with the former Pachuca man, it is hard to see Koeman forking up that much money for him. 

Valencia has shown that he can make an impact in the Premier League. Perhaps a move to Newcastle United, whose odds of finishing in the top 10 next season are 7/2, or Brighton and Hove Albion, who are already favourites to get relegated back to the Championship at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, would help revive his career.


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Dave Pritchard
1 Posted 05/06/2017 at 17:08:49
Kone and Valencia are as good as gone anyway. Kone's contract is up and Koeman was reported on here as saying he wouldn't be taking up the option on Valencia. Why are the odds on other clubs being promoted/relegated in this article? Sorry, but seems strange to me.
Denis Richardson
2 Posted 05/06/2017 at 17:49:53
Not sure about the 'should' in the title. Kone and Valencia were both 'will' leave's, given neither had a contract with us next year.

You also missed out Niasse (crap), Jagielka (age), Besic (crap and injured) and McGeady from your list.

John Daley
3 Posted 05/06/2017 at 18:09:19
What's with all the betting odds scattered throughout and a link to 'latest betting sites' slap bang in the middle?

I particularly like the ruminations over Ross Barkley's situation and whether he should move on:

"With season now coming to an end, punters will be using the transfer market to appease their betting instincts.

Given the size of the sports betting industry – it is worth over 𧼐bn a year – one can expect a lot of football followers to wager bets on players switching clubs in the summer. Many football betting websites have made Tottenham Hotspur as the favourites to sign Barkley.... Backing Barkley to leave Goodison Park appears to be one an attractive bet."

Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 05/06/2017 at 18:44:55
Denis (#2), the Jagielka we saw in the second half of the season still had plenty in the tank to be worth having for another year. Solid defensively plus three goals in three games.

But you're right about all the rest... obvious departures.

Anto Byrne
5 Posted 06/06/2017 at 10:15:47
Jags had a few good games but was terrible against Chelsea and Arsenal. Not first choice anymore. Neither keeper inspires confidence. Holgate is a decent defender in the central role but lacks height and could be moved on along with Galloway. Baines is on the decline after 500 plus games. Can't see a role for quite a few fringe players best to move them along and blooding some youth.

I doubt Barkley or Lukaku will be around next season. Let them bench warm elsewhere. Strange that Barry will be around but I suppose 80 grand a week is worth the effort. Koeman has his work cut out this close season.

Chris Williams
6 Posted 06/06/2017 at 11:28:09
Hmmm.

Spot of marketing?

Dave Pritchard
7 Posted 06/06/2017 at 12:44:24
Dear Editors,

I think the poster of this article should be investigated as he has at least one other article on ToffeeWeb where odds are being quoted. He is likely to be working for a betting firm and should not, in my opinion, be allowed to be posting on here. Thanks.

Joseph Terrence
8 Posted 06/06/2017 at 12:50:49
Sure seems like it, Chris (#6).
Gerard Carey
9 Posted 06/06/2017 at 12:55:23
Dave (#7), maybe it's a new directive from our new main sponsors!!??

All our posts will have to include some angle on betting or they won't be included. :) :).

Anthony Hawkins
11 Posted 06/06/2017 at 13:46:27
Stekelenburg may be leaving but then Robles will likely be too, as he only has a year left on his contract.

This has to be one of the least comprehensive posts I've read on TW for a while. That plus the betting odds makes it a highly suspicious post.

Tim Sharpe
12 Posted 09/06/2017 at 11:50:20
How can this conversation exist, and expected to be taken seriously, with no mention of either Aiden McGeady or Oumar Niasse??
Dave Pritchard
13 Posted 09/06/2017 at 12:34:54
Tim, the thread exists to encourage you to have a bet.
Gerry Quinn
14 Posted 09/06/2017 at 12:55:44
I bet it doesn't, Dave! :-)

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