Last summer Everton made some eye-catching transfer additions. Moise Kean arrived with a reputation as one of Europe’s top strikers, Djibril Sidibe is a World Cup winner whilst Fabian Delph added experience and a winning mentality in midfield.
Those arrivals have been a mixed bag in terms of success. However, another summer recruit has not even had the chance to shine.
Everton snapped up Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz for a reported (BBC Sport) fee of £25 million in August. The Ivorian midfielder arrived as a replacement for the PSG-bound Idrissa Gana Gueye and Everton fans were excited to see what he could bring.
Unfortunately, they are still waiting.
Gbamin suffered a thigh injury after just two appearances for the Toffees at the start of the season. He has since undergone two operations on the injury, the latest in February with Everton expecting him back in action before the end of the season.
However, Everton should write Gbamin’s season off and start afresh in the summer.
Why rush him back for the end of the season when there is every risk of Gbamin coming back too soon. Any extra time off from competitive football can only be a good thing for his recovery.
Undoubtedly, the 24-year-old will be desperate to play. Nevertheless, Everton would be wise to chalk the 2019-20 season up as a loss for Gbamin and move into a decent pre-season. He would then come in refreshed and ready to stamp his claim down on a regular place in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.
It would basically mean hitting the restart button for a very talented player who would essentially be like a new signing for the Toffees next season.