On transfer deadline day Everton made a move to bring in a new centre-back. It was certainly not an unpopular move. Fans had become increasingly frustrated with Ashley Williams’ form, Phil Jagielka’s advancing years were starting to show and Michael Keane had struggled to settle at Goodison Park. But the player that Sam Allardyce and co brought in did not inspire Everton fans.
Eliaquim Mangala was snapped up on loan until the end of the season from Manchester City. Allardyce felt he could do the job of shoring up the Everton defence and his apparent ability to play at left-back was also a bonus given Leighton Baines injury-struck campaign.
However, as most Everton fans feared, it was not a success.
Mangala was torn apart as Everton lost 5-1 to Arsenal on his debut with fans aghast at his mediocre display. Then, just before half-time of the Crystal Palace game, he went down clutching his knee. Blink, and you missed it, but Mangala was gone. His season was over and the game v Palace will prove just his second and final appearance for the Toffees.
But a report today will stun Everton fans.
Mangala’s signing, whilst potentially beneficial, was not necessary and, considering his lack of football, fans were not happy to see Mangala arrive.
The only potential positive was perhaps a reduction in his wages. According to The Mirror, that was not the case. They report that Everton agreed to pay his full £80,000-a-week wages until the end of the season when signing the French international.
The same report suggests that is no longer being paid, but the fact Everton even agreed to pay such a sum for Mangala in the first place is certainly shocking.
Everton fans will hope that such a sum of money is no longer going toward their flop deadline day arrival.
If it is, then this could be one of the worst deals in Everton’s history. Considering Sam Allardyce was very vocal about pushing this deal through in the press, amid criticism from fans, it is safe to say Mangala was a Big Sam man.
The fact Everton were paying so much money for the flop will not do Sam any more favours with the Everton fans intent on seeing him leave this summer.