Wednesday, February 8, 2023

A Fresh Start: Three Everton Players Who Are Likely To Make An Exit This Summer

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Everton had a rollercoaster end to the last season. The Toffees have finished in the seventh position and have earned the license to participate in the Europa League. Ronald Koeman’s arrival proved to be the biggest catalyst in their success and the Dutch manager has made it sure that they remain on the right path for the next season.

The Merseyside club have already sealed the signings of Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and Davy Klaassen from Ajax as the gaffer is very adamant to push hard for the next season. Pickford completed a £30m switch from Sunderland while Klaassen made his way from Holland.

However, Everton are expected to make a number of few signings and to balance the books they have to get rid of some players. The likes of Ross Barkley are yet to commit his future to the club while Romelu Lukaku has been linked heavily with a move to Chelsea.

Phil Jagielka

The veteran defender has been an inevitable part of the Toffees side since his inception to the club back in 2007. The 34-year-old was a brilliant backup option for Koeman as he filled in during the absence of Ramiro Funes Mori when the latter was ruled out for the rest of the season.

But Koeman is expected to sign a central defender to ease pressure on Ashley Williams and Funes Mori so the role of Jagielka could be in danger. Keeping in mind of the current tenacity and pace of the Premier League, Koeman is unlikely to use him regularly so it would be better for him to leave the club for better opportunities.

James McCarthy

The Irish midfielder has been one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League. The Republic Of Ireland international has seen his game time reduced due to injury issues. At only 27 years of age, he has a lot to offer in the upcoming years and if he can control his knack for getting injured so regularly, he could be an asset to any team.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian has rejected a new contract and has made his intentions clear that he wants to play for a bigger club next season. Koeman might want the player to stay at the Goodison Park but a player who already has refused to commit himself to the club could be felt as a baggage. So it would be fair for both the club and the player to get rid of him.

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