What's left on the shelf?

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What’s left on the shelf?

The transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday 31st August. Kean, Rodriguez and others remain on our books. The much needed right back and reinforcements are not.

So, with a lot of our reported targets now settling in at other clubs, what is left?

Well, Rabiot and Koulibaly are still at Juve and Napoli respectively but they no longer seem like viable targets given our financial position. Sabitzer is still at Leipzig, although whether he ever saw his future being at Everton is another matter.

Indeed, whether we sign anyone at all might be depend on whether we can shift any of our unwanted, highly paid or Richarlison. Hopefully we don’t sell Richarlison.

But I thought it would be interesting to see what is still on the shelves, possibly ready for sale. Obviously, there are dozens and dozens so I’ve stuck to those we’ve been reportedly interested in of late.

Right Backs

Aarons is still helping Norwich to leak goals in the Premier League.

Patterson is getting a taste of the Champions League in Armenia with Rangers.

Dagba is still struggling for first team football at PSG.

Dalot and Odriozola are probably hoping for loans from Man Utd and Real Madrid respectively, with the latter possibly set for Fiorentina.

Maitland-Niles is still at Arsenal but probably wants to play centre-mid. Perhaps we should let him.

Centre Midfield

McKennie seems to be a late contender for sale from Juve as they fail to shift the likes of Ramsey.

Svanberg is still at Bologna after a lot of interest in January and earlier in the summer.

Loftus-Cheek is obviously surplus to requirements at Chelsea although didn’t really impress at Fulham last season.

DeBeek looks likely to spend a lot of time on the bench at Man Utd unless someone rescues him.

Attacking midfield

Roman Faivre is still at Brest, looking like an extremely talented left footed playmaker who will go on to bigger and better things.

Pedro Goncalves is still at Sporting after banging in tonnes of goals last season and looking like the next Bruno Fernandes


If we haven’t yet had our fill of wingers…

Sarr is still at Watford, carrying their hopes of staying up with him.

Doku is still at Rennes after an excellent Euros but with the newly acquired Sulemana ready to take his place if they sell.

Boga is still at Sasuoulo looking set for another season of goals and assists in Serie A.

Hudson-Odoi is still on the bench at Chelsea, but looks like a remarkable talent if given a chance.

Neres is still at Ajax but possibly getting squeezed out by the development of Anthony and acquisition of Berghuis from Feyenoord.

Malcom – it wouldn’t be summer without a rumour about Malcom but he remains in St Petersburg.

O’Neill is still the one good footballer in Burnley.


Hlozek looks set to do great things in the Czech league again, along with Sima who scored a beauty against Leicester in the Europa League and also looks like a star in the making.

Edouard is still at Celtic but now playing second fiddle to the brilliant, out of nowhere, Furuhashi.

Dike is back in the US with Orlando, having done very well at Barnsley.

Hoppe is still in Bundesliga 2 with Schalke.

So until the clock strikes 11 on Tuesday night there remains some hope of better things (along with some risk of worse). Seems likely our business is not yet complete, but whether anyone listed above ends up at Goodison is another matter.

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Paul Kernot
1 Posted 27/08/2021 at 02:37:47
Interesting list, Robert. A few supposedly targeted that are missing. Of note specifically for me is Sean Longstaff from Newcastle. As Rafa has worked with him previously and seemed keen on him, that one seemed to be gathering genuine pace a week or so ago but has since gone completely off the radar.

Anything on him that you've heard? Or, given Gbamin managed a full 90 minutes vs Huddersfield, perhaps it's more realistic to hope he will play a part this season?

Robert Tressell
3 Posted 27/08/2021 at 07:27:48
I forgot about Longstaff, Paul. The rumours seem to have eased off a bit and it always seemed like a strange signing to me, given we're overloaded with average midfielders and don't need another. Might be being a bit unfair to Longstaff but I don't see him as anything we don't already have.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 27/08/2021 at 08:21:59
As seemed the case all summer, I expect the ‘ins' will depend entirely on the ‘outs'. If Ronaldo moves to Man City, will that pave the way for Kean to Juventus on loan with an obligation; if Mbappé moves to Real Madrid, will Richarlison be the one to replace him in Paris? ... and does anybody out there want James Rodriguez?!

Lots could happen and difficult to know what the best-case scenario might be for Everton.

I still have a feeling Rondon might end up here if Kean leaves and I still feel he'd be a decent stopgap and back-up striker. Other than that, surely we'll end the window with another right-back, though giving Rangers £10M for the inexperienced Paterson would actually seem a lot given Zeki Celik is available for £12M and Dumfries went for £15M.

Steve Shave
5 Posted 27/08/2021 at 08:45:25
Thanks, Robert and Sam, as always, for keeping us up to date on what's out there. Much depends on whether Richarlison goes; I can't see us letting him go without Sarr or Saint-Maximin being lined up; I'd like Sarr I think. We don't need to sell Richarlison, so nothing less than £85M please.

I like the look of Patterson but agree with Sam, Celik might be a good option? I wouldn't grumble with Rondon as a back-up striker (not on silly wages though and a 2-year deal only) but only to replace Kean who won't be missed. Richarlison is another matter though. Going to be an interesting few days.

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 27/08/2021 at 08:57:02
Yes, Steve, the Richarlison replacement (if he leaves) will be very intriguing. The likes of Sarr and Saint-Maximin would be very expensive, I fear, around £45m+ potentially. Similar perhaps with McNeil and my favourite, Raphinha. A lot considering Bailey was £25M.

Last time we made a big last-minute purchase was Iwobi, who I like but has not been a success so far.

I wonder if Antony might be an option or someone not mentioned much recently, like Lozano?

Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:52:38
Let's see who's in the squad for Brighton, and are not known to be injured. A couple of days left in this window.

Unless there are takers for Delph, Gomes, Kean, Kenny, etc, I'm not convinced that there will be any significant incomings based on big fees, but there are better value buys out there, subject to Marcel and Rafa having done their homework.

Maybe it will be 2003, last-minute day again.

Now for Brighton.

Robert Tressell
8 Posted 27/08/2021 at 09:57:13
Rondon plus Dalot on loan would conclude a fairly satisfactory window. Or something along those lines anyway. I could see us taking Loftus-Cheek for a low fee too – he's a bit different to what we've got already.

I don't expect any particularly sexy signings... even if we shift Kean and Rodriguez.

If we sell Richarlison, it's possibly another matter... but I desperately hope we don't.

Gary Smith
9 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:06:17
If Rangers think Patterson's worth more than is being offered, surely there is a simple compromise in performance and appearance clauses? I would much rather find “another Digne” though, as we need someone who is ready now, and not in 2 years. Looking around the top squads for 25-year -old internationals should be the plan for right-back. Dalot on loan with an option would be fine here.

I can't see any reason why we'd let Richarlison go (no matter what the bid is or how much he screams to go) but I do like Steve's @5 suggestion that Sarr would offset the pain a bit. If we could get him and Insigne, and still have some decent change, that may not be too bad! However, I can't see Watford letting him go at this stage… and that's going to be a big problem, full stop.

Not sure we're as desperate in centre-midfield as I still think Gomes, Gbamin and a quietly maturing Tom Davies can be backup to Allan and Doucouré. We've also got Delph who may actually try and put some effort in this year as he heads towards unemployment next summer. If Onyango can get back to where he was before his injury, then he may push in after Xmas too.

With respect to centre-back, if we can get Jarrad out on loan and bring in another left-sided specialist, then that would be great. Malang Sarr on loan with an option, perhaps? Big Kurt would have been ideal, but that unfortunately looks like a dead end.

Upfront, we've got to replace Kean if he goes. At this stage of the window, stop-gap players like Rondon may be necessary and acceptable... but, if we sold Richarlison too, this would be criminal. Maybe see if we could intercept Vlasic to West Ham with some of the Kean money, and look towards Jovic on loan too.

My ideal world is ultimately seeing the Mbappé move fall through so PSG stop the Richarlison interest this year. Get Malang Sarr from Chelsea and Dalot on loans with options to buy to sort out defence. Use the Kean money to buy Jovic or Vlasic, and – as loath as I am to say it – Rondon in as Calvert-Lewin's backup.

Seeing James release a statement on 1st September saying “I'm still here, and I want to fight for my place in both teams and the love of the Everton fans” would be nice icing.

Paul Birmingham
10 Posted 27/08/2021 at 10:24:30
Epic, Gary, let’s hope so.
Jerome Shields
11 Posted 28/08/2021 at 06:07:01
If big money is offered for Richarlison, he will be gone – especially if the Diaz transfer goes through. Another proven forward may come in, as Kean goes and it looks like a right back on loan.

Statement of facts regarding Richarlison:

Richarlison scored 7 goals in the Premier League last season, down on 13 from both of the previous seasons. This was mainly due to teams being able to contain him, by being aware of his need to come inside to get on his right foot to shoot.

His crossing ability has improved, but he was never a great passer of the ball, unusual for a Brazilian.

He has a tendency to fade in the second half of a season, and will have played non-stop football for 17 months by the end of this season.

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