Everton 2021-22 season recap: Player departures at end of contract

EvertonThe financial problems of have been well documented, specifically in regards to the sustainability and profitability regulations of the Premier League. Despite the club posting a small commercial gain in players this season and reducing salary bills, they still have a long way to go before Frank Lampard can enjoy a free hand in transfer transactions. The key will be to eliminate excess player salaries and the most immediate way to achieve this is to allow those whose contracts expire next month to move on.

But will this be the right decision in all cases, or do some deserve to be extended? Here, I take a look at the players who are currently at Everton but could leave the club at the end of June.

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Donny van de Beek

on loan from manchester united Until May 31

Acquiring the midfielder seemed like something of a coup on the last day of winter. transfer window, as Lampard was announced as the new Everton manager. Highly regarded arriving at Manchester United in September 2020 in a £35m capture of Dutch giants Ajax, he failed to establish himself as a first-team regular with the Red Devils but would surely find opportunities to impress more easily in the Merseyside side. . .

However, such were the problems in midfield at the Blues, van de Beek found himself deployed much deeper than he was used to, depriving him of many opportunities to advance and display his intelligent movement and finishing qualities in and around the box. rival area. Everton had also tried to get him on loan last summer.

The Dutchman has substantial salaries at United and with his former Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag taking over at Old Trafford, a potential move for the midfielder seems highly unlikely.

Verdict: unreachable

Andy Longergan

signed on August 21, 2021

The veteran goalkeeper joined last summer to add an experienced reinforcement as the team’s third goalkeeper, thanks to his previous relationship with Rafa Benítez. The 38-year-old saw no competitive action during the season and whether or not he gets extended will largely depend on how helpful he was during the training sessions at Finch Farm. He will be on minimum wage, so this is not a decision that will affect Everton’s finances in any way.

Verdict: release

Asmir Begovic

signed on July 20, 2021

The Bosnian deftly substituted for number one goalkeeper Jordan Pickford when asked, though due to the Englishman’s better form he was unable to really provide genuine competition, as Robin Olsen had done during the previous season. Begovic, who turns 35 next month, started seven games, most of them in the cup, and did not disappoint the team in his appearances. He doesn’t have big salaries and Everton are likely to extend his contract for another 12 months.

Verdict: to hold back

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Injuries have dogged Cenk Tosun in recent years with Everton and it is time for him to go.
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Tosun Cenk

signed for £20.3m from Besiktas on 5 January 2018

It’s a bit disconcerting when you realize it’s been four and a half years since the Turkish international arrived at Goodison Park, ironically also when the Blues last faced a relegation battle. Apparently, the striker has had one foot out the door for half that time, but ultimately his contract runs out next month.

The striker played a combined eleven minutes of football last season and once again spent much of the time out with a variety of injuries. While not one of the top earners in the club, Tosun has a hefty salary and offers next to nothing, so saying goodbye to him is a no-brainer.

Verdict: release

Fabian Delph

signed for 8.5 million pounds from manchester city July 15, 2019

A low fee for a well-regarded player with a checkered health history seemed like a reasonable gamble, but in three years he only managed to play 35 league games and coming into April any thought of renewing his contract would have been unlikely, to say The less.

However, the midfielder made a big contribution down the stretch, making five appearances that resulted in eleven invaluable points as the Blues battled relegation. Delph showed his worth, a disciplined and calming influence in the middle of the park and poignantly, what the team was desperately missing. At 32, the former England player is unlikely to suddenly become less susceptible to injury, illustrated once again by missing crucial games at Goodison against Brentford and Crystal Palace.

Delph is likely to be paid close to £100,000 a week and would have to agree to halve that figure if Lampard were to consider offering him an extension. Whether this happens will largely depend on the availability of other targets in midfield.

Verdict: release

Anwar El Ghazi

on loan from Aston-Villa Until June 30th

In a bizarre episode that encapsulated Everton’s year, the winger arrived on loan from Villa while Lucas Digne went the other way, in what were apparently unrelated deals. El Ghazi looked like a decent team player at the Midlands club, but he did not find favor with Merseyside, recording a dismal 13 minutes of competitive action for the Toffees. It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for the Dutchman, who seemed eager to make a good impression but barely got a kick. Clearly, Everton will not take advantage of the purchase option that was included in the loan agreement.

Verdict: release

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Jonjoe Kenny in what could be his last appearance in an Everton shirt
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jojoe kenny

That the Academy product, who spent most of the previous two seasons on loan, ended up playing more than 1,000 minutes for the Blues this term is a bit puzzling. Symptomatic of a lack of depth at both full-back positions, Kenny was plugged in when Rafa Benítez needed him, but surprisingly enjoyed a career in the team under Lampard. The defender is on a low salary, but it’s still hard to imagine the club couldn’t easily replace him, perhaps with someone who brings a little more to his game, possibly from the Academy if need be.

The Evertonian of childhood is probably not your standard Premier League player for all his enthusiasm and commitment to the cause, and it’s time to let him go to find his level.

Verdict: release

Gylfi Sigurdsson

signed for £44.5m from Swansea City on 16 August 2017

For reasons I won’t go into detail about, the club’s record signing didn’t kick a ball this season and will of course leave the Toffees at the end of June. The Icelander has a salary of over £100k pw, the removal of which will help rebalance Everton’s finances and possibly give Lampard a bit more room to maneuver in the transfer market this summer.

Verdict: release

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