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Everton’s Major Signings Rated And Reviewed After A Difficult Campaign In The Premier League

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Abhinab Ghosh
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It was not a pleasant campaign for the Everton fans as they saw their team go through a lot of struggles before eventually getting themselves out of relegation danger with just one match to spare. Frank Lampard’s players had to go through a learning experience in the second half of this campaign as they never expected to be in a relegation dogfight. However, they deserve some praise for coming out of the other side with their top-flight status intact.

The Toffees managed to acquire the services of Salomon Rondon, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray last summer. They went on to recruit Vitaliy Mykolenko and Dele Alli in January and also managed to bring Donny van de Beek and Anwar El Ghazi to Goodison Park on loan last winter.

Let’s take a look at how each of them performed throughout this campaign.

Salomon Rondon – 5/10

Rondon has played the role of a good squad player at the Merseyside club. However, the goals have dried up for him as he made 23 appearances for Everton this season, scoring just three times and bagging one assist on all fronts.

Andros Townsend – 7.5/10

Townsend has been one of Lampard’s better players during this campaign as he registered seven goals and four assists in 27 matches for the Toffees in all competitions. He is definitely a player of the year contender at the Merseyside club.

Demarai Gray – 7/10

Gray caught the eye at times during this season as he proved his worth by finding the back of the net on six occasions and securing five assists in 39 matches for Everton.

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Everton’s Brazilian midfielder Allan controls the ball during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northwest England on May 19, 2022. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
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Vitaliy Mykolenko – 7/10

Mykolenko was a regular feature on the left side of Frank Lampard’s defence and proved himself to be a valuable contributor on the defensive end of the pitch by averaging 1.9 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 2.1 clearances per game in the Premier League (stats via whoscored).

Dele Alli – 4/10

Alli barely made any impact at Goodison Park as he often came off the bench but struggled to contribute in any meaningful way for the Toffees in the final third.

Anwar El Ghazi – 4/10

El Ghazi struggled to get any game time while on loan at Everton and is now set to return to Aston Villa after making just two appearances for the Merseyside club.

Donny van de Beek – 4.5/10

Van de Beek’s January arrival on loan excited some of the Everton supporters but he has once again failed to deliver on the field. The Dutch midfielder made just seven appearances for Lampard’s side, scoring just one time in a 5-1 away loss at Arsenal last weekend.

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