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Three players Everton must replace this summer

It is set to be a busy summer transfer window at Goodison Park.

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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.

Ashley Williams

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.

Morgan Schneiderlin

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.

Davy Klaassen

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.

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Yves Bissouma would be the ideal first summer signing for Everton

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According to Sky Sports, Everton could rival Tottenham for Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma as the two Premier League giants go head-to-head for the talented youngster.

After the sacking of Sam Allardyce from Goodison Park, Everton will know a huge summer window awaits. The Toffees need to recruit smartly if they are to improve on their 8th place finish of last season.

The midfield area needs serious reinforcements, with the likes of Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin both enduring terrible campaigns. Bissouma, currently plying his trade in Ligue 1, could be vital in improving the club in the centre of the park.

Reports suggest Tottenham have been scouting the 21-year-old for the majority of the season so Everton should swoop soon if they are to get their summer plan in motion.

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The Ivory Coast-born midfielder already has 15 caps for Mali, and has hit three goals and one assist this season, impressing with his ability to play centrally or out wide.

Bissouma’s technical ability on the ball has impressed across the French league and he could be the addition that encourages Everton to play the free-flowing football that fans have been craving all season.

The report from Sky Sports also claims that former director of football Steve Walsh – who was sacked last week alongside Allardyce – was the one launching the interest in Bissouma, which means his exit could impact Everton’s pursuit.

However, the club should still monitor Bissouma’s availability as options in midfield are becoming increasingly thin, with several players becoming complacent and failing to impress on Merseyside.

The Toffees should undoubtedly follow up Walsh’s initial interest in the youngster and prepare to swoop.

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Marcel Brand’s stance on Ademola Lookman should reassure Everton fans

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On Wednesday, Everton’s new director of football laid out his plans for the Merseyside club, emphasising the importance of working with young players.

According to the Telegraph, Brands is set to meet with Ademola Lookman in a bid to convince the promising youngster to stay at Goodison Park; a move that will reassure Everton supporters.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, enjoying a successful spell that was punctuated by three goals and two assists in his final two matches.

Yet, the Englishman’s fine end to his stay in Germany sparked reports in ESPN that the Bundesliga club were interested in purchasing Lookman on a permanent basis, a transfer that would come as a massive blow for Everton.

The talented attacker only signed from Charlton in the summer of 2017, and was tipped to be one for the future at Goodison Park. To lose Lookman after just seven league appearances for Everton would be a tragic misstep.

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Luckily, Brands is well known for his development of young players and said he is seeking a forward-thinking coach who shares these beliefs.

As quoted in the Telegraph, Brand is looking for a “modern coach,” preferably someone “who wants to work with young players.”

These comments will surely come as a relief to Toffees supporters who suffered through Sam Allardyce’s reign, a manager who is possibly the polar opposite of a “modern coach.”

Maintaining the services of one of England’s brightest young attacking talents, one who was even tipped for a World Cup call-up, is undoubtedly among Everton’s top priorities this summer.

It is refreshing to see the club’s new director of football shares this view and Marcel Brands will do his best to convince Ademola Lookman to remain at Goodison Park.

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Everton news round-up: Baines remains, eight released and dressing room unrest

A round-up of the biggest news at Everton today.

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Baines Remains

First of all, there is good news for Everton fans. Reports this week that club legend Leighton Baines is considering his future at Goodison Park now seem wide of the mark.

It had been suggested that the England international was tempted by a move to Los Angeles to play in MLS. However, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the defender has no intention of leaving the club he has been with for 11 years.

He is said to be excited about working with a new manager.

For Everton, it is great news. Not only is Baines a legend, but he is also the best left-back at the club and a danger from set-pieces who is reliable from the spot.

This news should certainly be welcomed among the Everton faithful.

The Not-so Magnificent Eight

Unfortunately for other Everton players, their future is out of their hands. Everton have released a handful of their under-18 staff today. Captain Tom Scully is leaving, with the expectation he will join Norwich City – according to the Liverpool Echo.

Others who have been told they can depart are Stephen Duke-McKennna, Tom Murphy, Sid Kerr, Charlie Ball, Nathan Moore and Jordan Corke. Nathan Baxter has also been released. He was signed under Roberto Martinez’s reign from Vitesse Arnhem but has failed to develop at Finch Farm and will now need to find his way elsewhere.

The release of Scully and Duke-McKenna may come as something of a surprise, but it appears that Everton are ready to freshen up their youth-team.

Whack-a-Mole

Now some troubling news reported by The Sun today. They claim there are huge divisions in the camp at Everton, namely between the whole dressing room and, seemingly, Oumar Niasse.

The report suggests the ill-feeling in the camp got so bad that youngster Tom Davies has even contemplated quitting the club.

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But the most alarming factor about this story is the supposed ‘dressing room insider’ feeding this sort of ‘story’ to the press.

Everton fans will not enjoy seeing the dirty laundry of the dressing room being aired out in the open.

These matters should be kept in-house and Everton must search out and give the mole the boot before anything else.

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