In today’s ‘On This Day’ feature, we look back at what history the first of September has for the Toffees; a transfer swoop, as well as a hard fought victory versus last season’s hungry Wolves. Let us begin:
From the River Plate and Tottenham, to Goodison Park: September 1st, 2015
September 1st 2015 saw the acquisition of a pair of transfer targets who spent several seasons with the club each before moving on. Argentinian defender Ramiro Funes Mori came to Everton from River Plate for £9.5 million while England’s very own Aaron Lennon came back to Everton on a permanent basis from Tottenham Hotspur, after a loan spell that had ended the prior May; the Toffees would end up spending £4m on the player in the final deal.
In 67 games for Everton across competitions, the versatile defender was responsible for five goals and solid defensive production from the midfield and back line; he would finally depart for Villarreal for an undisclosed fee after nearly three full calendar years at Goodison Park on the 18th of July, 2018. In the time since, he has shown himself a utility rotational piece with the Spanish outfit; it remains to be seen if he remains a functional piece for new boss Unai Emery.
Aaron Lennon meanwhile, would leave Everton in January of that year; the midfielder didn’t gain the traction he imagined himself capable of when first he moved from North London to Merseyside, appearing in 63 games across all competitions for Everton while scoring seven goals. His move to Burnley on January 23rd of 2018 also garnered the Toffees an undisclosed fee, making the outcome of both players stints somewhat difficult to qualify entirely; sadly for Lennon, his time at Burnley and been even less productive than his stay at Everton was.
Wolves and Toffees: A 2019 Marco Silva Bright Spot
On this day last season, Everton defeated a Wolverhampton team that would finish as a much better club than the Toffees. Two goals from Richarlison, one at the 5’ and the final in the 80’, were aided by the 12’ goal from Alex Iwobi that together, proved too much for Nuno Espírito Santo and company. Although both Moroccan international Romain Saiss and Mexico’s Raul Jimenez scored, these two were not enough to overcome some competent Everton play.
Wolves had the last laugh likely, as they not only finished higher than Everton on the Premier League table by five positions, but also handily defeated them in the second match held in July. As the new campaign is just around the corner, revenge against Wolves for the 3-0 blowout would be as sweet as Toffee itself; and these are but a few of the things to occur for Everton, On This Day.