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Everton and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have negotiated the termination of the Ivorian's contract, freeing him to join a new club after a nightmare spell with the Blues.

A hugely promising £23m signing from Mainz four years ago, Gbamin suffered a serious quad muscle tear just a week after making his Everton debut and managed just three senior starts in his entire time at Goodison Park thanks to a succession of injury issues.

His recovery from his first injury was set back by a ruptured Achilles in the spring of 2020 and sporadic soft-tissue complaints after that ensured that he would play only eight times for the club.

Loan spells at CSKA Moscow and Trabsonspor followed and by the time he entered the final year of his Everton contract, he was recovering from yet another injury but had vowed not to return to Merseyside.

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Instead, he remained in Paris while he recuperated and when neither a loan nor permanent move came to fruition this summer, it was agreed by both parties to simply rip up his contract to make him a free agent.


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Dermot O'Brien
1 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:07:02
Thank you, Jean-Philippe for all you did for us. We'll always have the good memories of you playing for Mainz.
Justin Doone
2 Posted 02/09/2023 at 00:31:18
He was desperately unlucky with injuries and didn't look any worse than the other average, one-dimensional midfielders we had.

I'm surprised he didn't play more often for us, but he must have been terrible not to get into our team.

Good luck to him, hope he gets to enjoy playing football somewhere.

Hope it's not cost us to release him. I always wonder if he's insured who pays his salary and could we claim compensation?

Gavin Johnson
3 Posted 02/09/2023 at 01:19:33
I think we've been jinxed with some of our signings. I've not seen any new money Barcode signings get injured no sooner they've signed.

We had this guy, Delph and Bolasie who were all crocks no sooner we bought them.

Neil Tyrrell
4 Posted 02/09/2023 at 01:57:19
Some team somewhere must have a medical staff with time on their hands.

So long, we hardly knew ya.

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 02/09/2023 at 04:44:40
Hallelujah. He can go and play cards with the likes of Andy van der Meyde and Darron Gibson.
Bobby Mallon
6 Posted 02/09/2023 at 05:24:03
Should have done this last season.
Anthony Dwyer
7 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:03:32
Him going, Mina out on a free, and Iwobi leaving is almost all our over paid players gone.

We can't make these mistakes again. Lesson has to be learned.

Grant Rorrison
8 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:09:55
Ripped up his contract? He's probably out of action for the next 6 months with paper cuts.
Michael Kenrick
9 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:19:51
I very much doubt that "ripping up his contract" was the full story.

Being Everton, a large sum of money will have been involved – and it won't have been Gbamin paying us.

Shane Corcoran
10 Posted 02/09/2023 at 07:35:19
I’d have wished him well I’d be hadn’t become part of the faze of footballers who just decide not to turn up. Good riddance.
Jerome Shields
11 Posted 02/09/2023 at 08:10:52
Probably paid to go.
Philip Bunting
12 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:20:00
Should have been sacked or sued in public for refusing to return to Finch farm. He is under contract on a hefty weekly wage. Gross misconduct and unprofessional just about sums him up.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:40:54
If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake then watched it go stale as I waited for you to make an appearance, Jesus you made Mina look like an ever present.

N. B, “If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake” was the name of a big hit song in the 1940’s.

Mick Conalty
14 Posted 02/09/2023 at 09:57:10
Waste of space also a
Shafted Moshiri. 😀😀
Tony Everan
15 Posted 02/09/2023 at 10:09:13
I think it was Kieran who posted last night, including fee and wages £40.5M for 200 minutes of mostly
Ineffective football.

A mixture of bad luck and plain poor recruitment has plagued us. Most of these players were not the same after their respective injuries; including wages...

Gbamin, poor, injured, £40M spunked.
Gomes, poor injured £50M spunked.
Bolaise: poor, injured £40M+ spunked.
Tosun, poor, injured £40M spunked,
Mina, good, injured, £45M spunked,
Schneiderlin: waste of space £40M spunked,
Alli, injured, loss of form, £15M wages spunked,

[I've probably missed one or two.]

Some subsidised loans will have recouped a few quid but that's hundreds of millions of spunking with a total return of absolutely zero.

So, in the context of the window, the five players we have acquired look like shrewd signings. On the sale side for a player is entering the last year of his contract, extend it or he's better sold than walking on a free.

We are starting to operate like a better run business from a very, very lowly starting point. The totally shambolic way (to the point of existential threat) the club has been run financially over many years under Moshiri's and Kenwright's watch is dictating it.

Alan J Thompson
16 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:02:50
He should merely have been fined ( a weeks pay?) every time he refused to attend training which I assume would be part of his contract and kept in limbo (gardening leave?) until he saw the error of his ways and agreed a move elsewhere so that some of his cost could be recovered.
Anthony Jones
17 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:17:48
This player epitomises the Moshiri era.

An absolute disaster brought in by an overpaid DoF that was no better at choosing players than the average fan.

Even funnier that he thinks he is actually good at football. He is an athlete and nothing more.

Craig Walker
18 Posted 02/09/2023 at 12:56:41
Down there with Alex Nyarko as our worst ever signing. He looked dreadful before his injury, to me. Taken our club for a ride. Good riddance!
Dupont Koo
19 Posted 02/09/2023 at 14:39:37
If he hates coming back so much, he can simply walk away without taking a single cent of his outstanding £2.5MM+ of wages out of this settlement.

That's highly unlikely, IMHO. But any penny saved on him is a good penny.

So let's put this sad saga into the club's Pandora Box and never re-visit it again.

Habib Erkan Jr
20 Posted 02/09/2023 at 17:55:22
If he didn’t have bad luck he’d have none at alll. His agent is a turd.
Jeff Armstrong
21 Posted 02/09/2023 at 22:02:40
What a career he has had, not played the equivalent of 3 games for us but has received £15 million quid off EFC just for being injured, sorry sore leg, (IMO injured is having a limb removed or your foot hanging on by a sinew, as in army type injured.)

He should be ashamed of his career and his service to EFC. He should donate half his contract wages to charity, and then still struggle to sleep at night... parasite.

Mark Taylor
22 Posted 02/09/2023 at 22:35:46
I wonder what his new wage will be...?
Kevin Molloy
23 Posted 02/09/2023 at 23:31:00
What a mess.
Neil Tyrrell
24 Posted 03/09/2023 at 00:04:55
God, what a mess,
On the ladder of success,
Take one step and miss the whole first rung.

Gbamin would break an ankle on the mis-step. I'd wish him better luck but don't really care either way, bye bye.

Dale Self
25 Posted 03/09/2023 at 15:10:33
Dave 13, “someone left the cake out in the rain, and I don’t think I can take it…”. - Richard Harris.

Geoff Lambert
26 Posted 04/09/2023 at 11:24:42
Someone left a cake out in the rain.

MacArthur Park

Song by Donna Summer.

No wonder we are in this mess with signings like JPG.

Jack Convery
27 Posted 04/09/2023 at 12:31:52
We apparently paid him off to the tune of a 7-figure sum.

Silva was forced to play him when he first arrived, due to injuries and lack of depth, despite him not being match fit. Then he gets the thigh injury and the rest is history.

Shambles of a club.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
28 Posted 05/09/2023 at 06:43:04
Meanwhile, a club with an unparralled reputation for good business practice have just reduced their first team squad by losing 2 players they purchased for £97m, one on a loan, one sold and will receive £20m for said players.

Not the only ones to buy failures but at least we have won the title 4 times since their last win in 1961.

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