Eliaquim Mangala, the Manchester City outcast who is on loan to Everton, could make a permanent move with the Toffees in the summer but Sam Allardyce is yet not sure whether he wants to bring the Frenchman on a permanent basis. Mangala secured the move with the Merseyside club on the last day of the January transfer window but he had a terrible knee injury in his second game and was ruled out for the season.
Allardyce commented on the Mangala situation and said-”It’s difficult to say and it’s difficult to tell, had he not suffered the injury he suffered so soon, I would be in a very good position to say yes or no(Regarding signing him on a permanent basis) now because he would’ve played a lot more and we would’ve seen what he would have brought to the team and with him being a natural left footer.”
The defender’s time at the Etihad was up as soon as Pep Guardiola came to manage them. Guardiola wants his centre-back to be good on the ball and have good distribution abilities as he likes to play from the back. But the Frenchman is one of those Traditional no-nonsense defenders and sometimes lack in the ball playing department.
Allardyce knows that bringing in Mangal won’t be cheap and he already has a centre back option in Funes Mori who is patiently waiting on the bench. Regarding the Argentinian defender Allardyce said-”We have Funes who is patiently waiting and within the next three games I will perhaps need to give him an opportunity to play because that would be important to me to see him on the field.”
”But, at the end of the day, you want results so is it the right thing to do? So I’ve got that balance to make but I’ve every confidence on his past performances that he would do very well but at the moment defensively, we have been very good in recent weeks.”- he further added.
The fact that Mangala got injured in just his second game has reduced his chances of a permanent move as the manager hasn’t seen enough of him. Mangala will certainly be a good addition to the team as he is a better option than Funes Mori. Mori is one of those typical Argentine defenders who is extremely rash in his challenges and can be a liability on the pitch for his team.The move for Mangala can hinge on the asking price by Manchester City as the Toffees wouldn’t like to pay much for a 27-year-old injury prone defender.