The 2017/2018 season has brought mixed fortunes for Everton. Having brought Wayne Rooney back to the club on top of some other useful signings, things looked on the up at Goodison Park, with the Toffees eyeing a strong campaign that could potentially even challenge the top sides in the league.
Unfortunately, however, after a disastrous start under Ronald Koeman, the season began to unravel and Sam Allarydce’s men will be pleased simply to be remaining in the top flight.
As the summer approaches, the Toffees requiring a re-shuffling of the pack, with a number of players having proved themselves unworthy of a place in the first-team. Here are three players that Everton should part ways with in the upcoming transfer window.
Welsh veteran centre-half Ashley Williams has had a mixed season, but one thing is for sure and that is his Everton performances have not been crying out for him to start each week.
With Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka all on the books, Williams is a player the Toffees could do with replacing, to free up space for a new face in the heart of defence. With plenty of experience, the club should have no problem finding potential suitors for the Welsh international.
French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin never really seized his opportunity after his move to Manchester United, failing to convince his coaches and the fans that he was genuinely the right man to be leading the team’s efforts from midfield.
A move to Everton last season was the perfect opportunity for the 28-year-old to kick-start his career and pick up where he left off with Southampton.
However, things have not gone to plan. The Frenchman has made 26 appearances for the Toffees this term, yet his performances have been underwhelming to say the least and, just like his time at Old Trafford, he has not proved himself to be a justified starter at Goodison Park.
With Tom Davies and Wayne Rooney forming a decent partnership in the centre of the pitch, Schneiderlin is a player the club could definitely part ways with this summer.
Ex-Ajax captain Davy Klaassen arrived on Merseyside with much promise after proving himself to be a highly useful payer in the Eredivisie over the last six years. At 25, Klaassen still has much of his career ahead of him. However, he has simply been a waste as an Everton player this season.
With an imbalanced squad, Klaassen has been unable to claim a spot in the midfield, up against some stiff competition in Rooney, Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gueye. The Dutch international has only made 13 appearances since joining the Toffees, just four of which have come in the Premier League.
Having spent some £24 million on him, it is safe to say that Klaassen has been a waste. It is not that he himself has wasted his chances, more that his talents have been wasted due to lack of playing time and, regardless of whether Everton want to keep him or not, the former Ajax man should be seeking a move away.
Aged 25, Everton should still be able to command a sizeable fee for him, and could recoup some of the money spent on him.