Clearing the warehouse of Steve Walsh’s many dud signings seems a never-ending mission, but with Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina now out of the club, we are starting to make headway.
Unfortunately – and unsurprisingly – not many clubs are interested in paying the full wages – let along a transfer fee – for Everton’s cast-offs, many of whom are still under contract until 2021.
So how did Everton’s “deadwood” loanees get on last season and did any of them even perform well enough to force their way back into the Goodison Park reckoning?
Below, I take a look…
Luke Garbutt – Ipswich Town
Carlo Ancelotti on Luke Garbutt leaving Everton after 11 years at the club:— Joe Williams (@Joewillo180) June 30, 2020
After 11 years, the 27-year-old left-back has left the club. Shouldn’t be short of a few Championship suitors after a strong season at Ipswich in which he scored six goals in 30 appearances. Sunderland have also been strongly linked to him too.
Minutes: 2504, Apps: 29(1), Goals: 6, Assists: 3
Matthew Pennington – Hull City
Took a while to get much of a game at Hull, but 25-year-old Pennington finally broke into the Hull side after the new year and again following the restart. He played mostly out of position at right back, but it was dreadful end to the season for Hull as they finished rock bottom of the Championship table.
Remarkably still has one year on his Everton contract, so a seventh loan of his career is likely, unless someone is willing to give him a permanent deal. It’s hard to see Everton requesting much of – if any – a transfer fee.
Minutes: 1285, Apps: 13(1), Goals: 0, Assists: 0
Mo Besic – Sheffield United
Was a mainstay on the Blades bench in the first half of the season, but started getting more of a look-in shortly before the enforced break.
Bizarrely decided to come back to Everton rather than extend his Sheffield United loan following the restart.
Another one with another year to find a new home, with his Everton contract expiring in 2021.
Minutes: 605, Apps: 6(7), Goals: 1, Assists: 0
Shani Tarashaj - Emmen
Effectively left Everton permanently after his contract was adapted, but hasn’t played for Emmen this season. However, he signed a two-year deal with the Dutch side, so he’ll be twiddling his thumbs there again next year too.
Minutes: 90, Apps: 1(0), Goals: 0, Assists: 0
Sandro Ramirez – Real Valladolid
Although just 4 goals in 26 appearances isn’t exactly prolific, this has actually been the best spell Sandro Ramirez has enjoyed since joining Everton.
Reported to be on £100,000 per week at Everton with one year left on his contract, there’s hardly any chance of collecting any fee in a permanent move this summer. Hopefully another La Liga side will be willing to take him on loan again in 2020/21.
Minutes: 1464, Apps: 17(9), Goals: 4, Assists: 1
Yannick Bolasie – Sporting Lisbon
Did okay at Lisbon for a while, but didn’t play again for the club after the restart.
He did, however, get to enjoy Europa League football and chimed in with two goals and five assists over the course of the season.
Is reportedly training with Everton’s Under-23s until he can find a new club. But, with wages again an issue (and another year of contract), there’s again no real opportunity for Everton to get a fee for the 31-year-old.
That said, he could be a useful loan signing for a lower Premier League or upper-end Championship club.
Minutes: 1843, Apps: 21(4), Goals: 2, Assists: 5
Cenk Tosun – Crystal Palace
After making a positive start to life at Palace (including a goal away at Manchester City), Tosun suffered a serious knee injury at the start of March. Fortunately for him, he’s missed little football during that time and he should now be available for Euro “2020” (set to take place in 2021).
Everton will surely try to find him a new home and recoup some of the £26 million fee that Sam Allardyce and Steve Walsh splashed out on him, but another loan spell looks more like – assuming he can get fit for the start of the season, that is.
If Marcel Brands can’t move him on, he may well figure as Everton’s fourth choice striker in 2020/21 – so his Everton career may not be completely over.
Minutes: 504, Apps: 2(3), Goals: 1, Assists: 0
Jonas Lössl – Huddersfield Town
Pickford isn’t exactly the people’s choice at the moment, but it’s hard to see Lössl being the answer.
He could well be Everton’s sub keeper next season, but if he wants first team football and a place in Denmark’s Euro 2020 squad, he may well force a move once again.
In fairness, he did well during his return to Huddersfield, helping the Terriers steer clear of relegation in the end.
Minutes: 1350, Apps: 15(0), Goals Conceded: 18, Clean Sheets: 6