In today’s ‘On This Day’ feature, we look back at a late-summer signing and League Cup clashes. Let’s dive in:
2015 - Remember him?
More recently, though, Everton’s last transfer on this date came in 2015 when Uruguay’s Leandro Rodriguez was signed from Argentina’s River Plate for £500,000; to say his time was forgettable may perhaps be an understatement.
Rodriguez had just a single appearance in the FA Cup during his time at Everton and zero appearances for the Toffees under-23 team; the forward would be loaned to Brentford in March of 2016, where he would make only two starts during his brief, four months stay with them.
The next season, he would be loaned to Belgian’s Waasland Beveren, before returning to Everton to leave for his native Uruguay, where he played before joining his current Mexican club, Ascenso MX. His tenure with Everton was not extraordinary by any measurement, but luckily for Everton, neither was his initial fee.
2013 - Stevenage seen off - eventually...
Meanwhile, the last two matches Everton have played on August 28 have both been in the League Cup; six years ago, on this date in 2013, Roberto Martinez led Everton against Stevenage at Goodison Park in the second round. A 2-1 comeback victory, the Blues fell behind before Gerard Deulofeu’s strike levelled matters, followed by Marouane Fellaini’s extra-time winner.
While this appeared a bright spot at the time, the potential start of something, it was not to be; in September, during the next round against Fullham, Everton lost in shocking fashion 2-1.
2019 - Dogged Lincoln finally shrugged off
And then, just last year in the second round of the Carabao Cup, Everton showed up away from Goodison Park and broke some poor form to beat Lincoln City 4-2.
After the shock loss to Aston Villa and the gutting injury to Jean-Philippe Gbamin, everyone was getting in on the action in this one; this includes Lucas Digne, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty, as well as goals by new Toffee Alex Iwobi, and rising star Richarlison.
It was a victory that, while giving the club and its fans a much needed early season jolt, was not enough to invigorate the team going forward; Marco Silva would not even make it to Christmas.
Here’s looking towards this years Carabao Cup where Everton can hopefully make serious waves; cheers, on this day in Everton History.