Everton’s new signings: How have they fared?
Everton’s new signings impressed in their debuts this weekend as the new Premier League campaign got underway. Manager Carlo Ancelotti fielded three out of four of his new players in their 1-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur. This included the highly anticipated start for star signing James Rodriguez, who signed for around £22m last week.
Others player to debut involve ex-Napoli midfielder Allan, who arrived at Goodison for £21m and Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford for £25m. Youngster, Niels Nkounkou also joined on a free transfer from Marseille at the start of the window.
There has been much debacle about how Ancelotti will get them playing together and whether they will be a success at Everton. After investing in players with lots of experience at a top level of football, many Toffee fans will be excited to watch them play.
We look at how they might fare throughout the remainder of the season and who they might need to sign, to contend amongst some of Europe’s best.
James Rodriguez (From Real Madrid)
Rodriguez is regarded as Everton’s top new signing of their transfer window so far and leaves fans with much to look forward to. The Colombian midfielder arrives from Spain after falling out of favour under Zinedine Zidane.
He already has a good relationship with manager Ancelotti having been signed by him twice previously. The 29 year old played with him at both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and the boss rates him highly as an individual.
Rodriguez is known for his creative, attacking flair and his ability to play on the ball. He can distribute key passes and open up spaces behind the back four. He proved this against Mourinho’s Spurs on Sunday, when he impressed his new fans on his debut. Creating five key passes, with 83% success rate, he played a pivotal role in getting Everton off to the perfect start.
The midfielder is just what Everton needed as well. Someone to pick their head up and move the play forward to create chances. Off the stat sheet, he dictated the play of the game and looked extremely comfortable with his two new teammates beside him.
There is clear evidence to see that James could be a great success at this club and change them from a mediocre side to challenging the top six. Ancelotti will certainly look to build his team around his new player and grow as a club to get to the level Rodriguez should be playing at. By far, he is the most exciting transfer of the season and is looking to be a real scoop for the Toffees.
⭐️ | Really tough to pick one today, but @jamesdrodriguez got your Man of the Match votes!
Some debut, that… 💫 pic.twitter.com/rUSbjgSP3V
— Everton (@Everton) September 13, 2020
Allan (From Napoli)
Another high profile signing from this summer’s transfer window, is central midfielder Allan to Goodison Park. Arriving for £21m, he too offers better quality on the pitch for Everton. He spent five years at Napoli, where he was also coached by Carlo Ancelotti, so they already have a good relationship between each other.
As a player who gets involved a lot within the play, his role will be to be the engine in the midfield, as he did against Spurs on Sunday. Not only is he a defensive maestro in the middle of the park but he can also offer creativity going forward. He shined in the same position under Maurizio Sarri in Italy, and was able to play in his natural all-rounded role.
Voted Sky Sports’ Man Of The Match at the weekend, he completed 46 out of 55 passes, had four tackles, three clearances and two interceptions. This is just the first shred of evidence that highlights what kind of player Allan can be for his new team and the impact he can have on the game.
The Brazilian international will definitely be a good asset to Ancelotti, as he has proved so in the past. If he can get him playing well alongside James Rodriguez and Doucoure, he can be a real success with Everton fans.
— Everton (@Everton) September 15, 2020
Abdoulaye Doucoure (from Watford)
As well as the previous two mentioned, they also have this man to add to the mix. Abdoulaye Doucoure was one of Watford’s stand out players last season and arrives at Everton for £25m.
The defensive midfielder made 141 appearances for them since arriving from Rennes in 2016, scoring 17 goals. He brings more Premier League experience to a side that already has fresh mixture of new and old players.
He showed on Sunday that his price tag is justified and it seems they may have even grabbed themselves a third bargain. Over the last few years, Everton have invested heavily but there was always something missing in their team.
The addition of the French midfielder, will certainly add steel and solidarity in their line up. As well as this, he has the ability to quickly turn defense into offense and orchestrate an attack on the fast break.
With this type of player next to the likes of James Rodriguez, there is no wonder why Everton were so keen on signing him. The 27 year old produced four key passes against Tottenham and was very effective in defense, including four tackles and interceptions.
Along with the two other signings he can also develop a good partnership with fellow midfielder Andre Gomes, who impressed last season. If Doucoure can replicate the same form for Everton as he did for Watford, then who’s to say that he can’t go on to be a success with the Toffees.
— Abdoulaye Doucouré (@abdoudoucoure16) September 8, 2020
Niels Nkounkou (from Marseille)
19 year old left back Niels Nkounkou is the last of Everton’s new signings this summer after joining from Marseille once his contract had expired. It was rumoured that both Juventus and RB Leipzig had their eye on him. Ancelotti rang him personally to complete the deal.
He told EvertonTv that “Carlo called before we finalised my transfer.”
“When a coach like him takes an interest in you, it is something that makes you really proud.”
After making his senior debut against Blackpool in pre-season, he is yet to make another appearance for the Toffees. But with the right development and coaching under the new boss, he has the potential to make a real impact in the Premier League in future seasons to come.
Ancelotti is prepared to hand the left-back his Everton debut this eveninghttps://t.co/dlQV5HB0F1
— Everton FC News (@LivEchoEFC) September 16, 2020
Who else might they sign?
Their next main position to fill will most likely be a new centre back. The defensive partnership of Michael Keane and Yerry Mina has been okay over the last few seasons but has been prone to making a few mistakes.
Sky Sports have reported that they may be keen on Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori, on a season long loan. Tomori impressed last season after being given a chance under Frank Lampard. However the recent signing of Thiago Silva may persuade the England international to leave.
There are also rumours that Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is keen on a Premier League move, with Everton interested. He has impressed in the Bundesliga over the last few seasons, but they may face competition from Spurs to sign him. He will certainly give Ancelotti a boost in attacking options if he was to join the squad.
According to the Daily Express, Everton may also launch a bid for another Napoli player in Hirving Lozano. He was previously signed by Ancelotti before he got the sack at Napoli. He may also be persuaded by his former teammate Allan to join him over at Goodison Park. The tricky winger would definitely bolster their attack if he signed for the Toffees.
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