It’s been a rocky start to the 2019/20 season for Everton.
The club are languishing at the wrong end of the Premier League table and Marco Silva bit the bullet.
The Toffees have responded well to Duncan Ferguson being named temporary manager, and it remains to be seen if Everton officials stick with him or plump for a more experienced name.
Everton splashed the cash on seven signings in the summer, which makes their early struggles something of a surprise, but how do they rank?
#7 Jonas Lossl
He is still yet to make an appearance for the Toffees.
Lossl is Jordan Pickford’s deputy, but for him to not have made any cup appearances is definitely a surprise.
Concerningly for the Dane, he hasn’t made any of Ferguson’s matchday squads so far.
#6 Jean-Philippe Gbamin
Unfortunately, Gbamin has been unable to show what he’s all about having sustained a thigh injury, which he required surgery for.
He’s made just two appearances for the club, and his return in early 2020 will be a huge boost for the Toffees.
#5 Moise Kean
It’s been an awful start to life at Everton for Moise Kean, who hasn’t scored for his new team following a £27.5 million switch from Juventus (BBC Sport).
He had it tough under Silva who clearly didn’t totally trust him, and Ferguson’s treatment of him against Manchester United recently – substituting him off after just 18 minutes after bringing him on at Old Trafford – was very questionable.
It would be no surprise to see him head off on loan somewhere in January
#4 Alex Iwobi
Iwobi is yet to convince the masses at Goodison Park.
Taking into consideration his transfer fee, which could reach £34 million (BBC Sport), perhaps fans are right to have expected more from the Nigeria international.
Like during his time at Arsenal, he has merely shown glimpses so far and he needs to find a bit more consistency in 2020 having now settled on Merseyside.
#3 Andre Gomes
Everton getting Gomes in permanently for just £22 million (BBC Sport) was excellent business.
He quickly set about proving that fee to be a snip but, unfortunately, it is highly unlikely he’ll add to his nine appearances this season after suffering an awful ankle injury against Tottenham Hotspur in early November.
His absence will be a huge blow for Everton.
#2 Fabian Delph
Delph at £10 million (BBC Sport) was a great pickup by Everton.
He’s struggled a bit with injury niggles, but the England international has shown to be solid value for money, and brings that leadership in midfield.
The two-time Premier League winner is a presence, and Everton are worse off with him out of the side.
#1 Djibril Sidibe
It looks like Everton have found their Seamus Coleman successor.
The World Cup winner is only on loan at Goodison Park, but club officials have to move to sign him permanently.
He has brought a new energy to Everton’s right side and brings attacking qualities just like prime Coleman used to.
Crucially, Sidibe gets his primary job of defending right more often than not, and it really is a no-brainer for the Toffees to ensure he stays long-term.