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Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be back-up solution to Everton’s centre-back shortage

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Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be back-up solution to Everton’s centre-back shortage

The Ivory Coast international has played plenty of football as a central defender.

Everton failed in their hunt for a new centre-back this summer. The club wanted to replace Kurt Zouma, who performed brilliantly on loan from Chelsea, and the departing club captain Phil Jagielka. 

Mason Holgate’s return from loan appears to fill one role. However, Everton failed in reported moves for Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo. 

It leaves Everton with just Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, and Holgate as recognised central defenders. 

However, one of their summer recruits could end up being more than helpful in this regard. 

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Everton spent a fee reported by The Guardian to be in the region of £22.5 million for the Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin this summer. 

 

The 23-year-old Ivory Coast international has been touted as the replacement for Idrissa Gana Gueye, who finally got his dream move to PSG this summer. 

But whilst Gbamin shone in a central midfield role in the Bundesliga last term, he is more than capable at centre-back. 

The 23-year-old initially made his breakthrough at French side RC Lens as a right-back and eventually transitioned into a centre-back role. It was in 2015-16 he moved into a midfield role. Whilst he played nearly all of last season in midfield for Mainz, he played at centre-back frequently throughout the 2017-18 campaign. 

The midfield is undoubtedly where Everton see Gbamin making his impact at Goodison Park. However, should the Toffees find themselves struggling in the heart of defence, Gbamin could easily slot into the role if needed.

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