By Martin O’Connor
The January transfer window is upon us and we expect some new faces coming through the door at Finch Farm. But what about the players we already have. Instead of speculating on new faces I humbly submit a list, which I think, can be disposed of in January. Hopefully it may cause some debate.
It is clear even with the long injury lay off that Ross still sees his future away from Goodison. In truth his career has well and truly stalled and a fresh start away from Goodison would probably be best for him and the club. With his contract up in the summer we should just bite the bullet and take what we can get for him in January.
Yes the enigma that is Kevin Mirallas. On his day a great player. I can remember some great goals one against Stoke in a 1-0 win at Goodison and two both at White Hart Lane in 2-1 defeats spring to mind. But for every great game there was then 5 or 6 were he would go missing. Then there is the question of his attitude. The alleged training ground bust up along with Morgan Schneiderlin was the last straw, along with Olympiacos shin pads, taking the ball away from Baines and missing the penalty against West Brom to name just some. Clearly it is time to move him on, the new contract he got at the end of last season was one big mistake.
Mo has become a bit of a cult favorite and no one can doubt his commitment to Everton. But the injury which took him out for a year has saw him slip right down the pecking order. In the few Europa League games he has played this season he has not ripped up any trees, and he has not really performed when getting his fitness back for the Under 23’s. He was truly awful in the mini derby. He needs to be moved on.
Schneiderlin came in from Manchester United in the last January window for what I consider very over priced £27 million and was Koeman’s main January target. Initially a hit his form near the end of last season and for the whole of this season has nose dived, The alleged incident along with Kevin Mirallas at Finch Farm has also done him no favours with the fan base. His form has been a bit better in the last couple of games when he has got back into the side. But if Steven Nzonzi is signed in January I see him replacing Schneiderlin in the team. But if Nzonzi is signed or not is Schneiderlin a £27 million player I would say no. We have players who can fill his position Nzonzi (if signed) Baningimme and Davies. It is time to say goodbye Morgan.
A Ronal Koeman favourite it has just not happened for Klassen at Everton. He does not even make the match day squad and looks no where near the £23.6 million pound we paid for him. The Premier League just seems to physical and fast for him, but even in the Europa League he has not performed when picked. I would have liked to see him given some under 23 game time to try and build up what must be his shattered confidence but that has not happened. A massive transfer mistake we should just admit it and sell him in January.
With a steller season up front for Malaga last season and with Atletic Madrid eyeing him up Everton met the cheap bye out clause to bring Sandro to Goodison. Spanish footbal writers such as Guillem Balague and Graham Hunter seemed to think Everton had stole a march on other teams with the signing of Sandro and he would be a hit at Goodison. But like Davy Klaason it has just not happened for Sandro and he has found it hard to get to grips with the pace and physicality of the Premier Legue. He has had game time but just not produced. Valancia now seem hot on taking him back to Spain. Sandro I think is one player who really would have benefitted from some game time with the Under 23’s were he hopefully would have scored some goals and built up his confidence. There is a case for loaning him out for the second half of the season as it would be a disaster if we sold him and he then gets back to scoring again. But maybe the Premier League is just not for him. There are players who can make it in one league and not another. Look at Ciro Immobile a great scorer for Torino. Left Italy and went to Germany (Dortmund) then Spain (Seville) were neither move worked out. He moves back to Italy with Lazio and becomes a goal machine again. I have a feeling Sandro may be like this and if we get a good enougth offer then I think he should be sold
In my opinion Lennon has never been good enougth for us and his goal scoring record is truly awful. With Bolasie coming back (hopefull back to what he was before his injury) and with the youth of Vlasic and Lookman who hopefully can kick on I think Lennon should be sold. It is great how he has come back from his illness last season and has been one of our better performers since he got in the team, but at 30 I think we have better players and could get better players, so I would say thank you Aaron for you time at goodison.
With what he had to put up with under Koeman and the way he has knuckled down and become a bit of a cult hero at Goodison it pains me to say it but Niasse is just not good enougth. Sometimes mind mind boggles at how bad his touch is. But he can be an impact sub. So on this one it depends on who we bring in up front to help out Domonic Calvert-Lewin. If we we get enougth striking options in then I would sell Niasse in January, but if we don’t get enougth then keep him until the Summer.
May be a bit of a risk selling Joel in January with Stekelanberg (remember him) injured. But if we got a good enougth offer then I would say thanks for the service Joel and let him go.
Now 24 years old left back Garbutt is back from a long term injury picked up on loan at Fulham and playing regulary for the Under 23’s. With the lack of cover for left back Garbutt is eligible to play from January and could be cover for Leighton Baines. But I would prefer fetching Antonee Robinson back from Boton to cover this position and it seems Allardyce has plans to sign a left back in January, not forgetting cCuco Martina (not the answer) but he can play there. Garbutt has a fantastic left foot and can make some great crosses and score some fantastic goals. But if you have seen him playing for the Under 23’s it is clear he is not the best defensivley. He could be sold to a Championship club easily and I think this is what should be done.
Brought in under Roberto Martinez as one for the future and a main stay of the Under 23’s. A good attacker on his day he really has not kicked on to get near first team opportunities. There seemed to be some interest in him from French and Belgian clubs in the summer and I think it is now time for Henen to be moved on for his own footballing career as it is not going to happen for him at Everton.
Centre Back Penington was given a new contract under Koeman and sent out on loan to Leeds this season. Penington has had some first team apperances but can any one say he has really impressed when he has played for the first team? Morgan Feeney just 18 has in my opinion moved well ahead of him when considering first team opportunities. Penington can make a good career for himself at championship level and sould be sold.
Browning played well in a few first team games in Martinez’s 2nd season, including a 1-1 draw at Anfield. But injury has blighted his career even when out on loan and I think the injuries have now meant Browning has missed the boat concerning any first team chances. Now on loan at Sunderland like Penington it is time for Tyias to be moved on.
It all seemed so bright for Galloway when he got the nod over Luke Garbutt playing for us in the last game of the season in Martinez’s 2nd season. He played a number of games the following season and seemed to be progressing well. Then came the disaster of a season long loan to West Brom were he could never get into the team and for a lot of the time could not even make the match day squad. Since then Galloway’s career has spiralled downwards and he can’t even get a game at a very poor Sunderland side on loan. It is clear that Galloway would be no were near getting a first team place back at Goodison and for his own footballing career should be sold.
Midfielder Grant has been at the club since he was 13 and is now 22. He has had loan spells at Motherwell, Doncaster, Ipswich and is presently on loan at Crewe. Apart from making the bench for the Europa League dead rubber against Krasnodar in December 2014 Grant has never really been in the picture for any first team opportunity at Goodison. But he can make a career at a lower level club and he is another player who we should move on in January.