Alan Myers has dropped a significant Everton update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin after some news emerged involving Alisher Usmanov and his ties with Russia.
The Lowdown: Sponsorships suspended
The Goodison Park faithful have recently released a statement confirming that they have suspended all commercial sponsorship arrangements with Russian companies – USM, Megafon and Yota – following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
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These companies all have strong ties to Uzbek-born Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who holds commercial ties with the Merseyside club.
This comes after the news that both FIFA and UEFA suspended Russian clubs and national teams from all football competitions.
The Latest: Gbamin situation
Of course, some Toffees fans may now be questioning whether any of these events will affect the loan deal of Gbamin, who joined Russian side CSKA Moscow for the rest of the season.
Respected news editor and journalist Myers has now given an update on his situation:
“My understanding is that Gbamin’s loan to CSKA Moscow is not affected by the Uefa and Fifa bans.”
The Verdict: Relief
It will surely come as a relief to hear that Gbamin should be able to continue to play as normal, despite what is going on around him, which is completely out of his control.
Unfortunately for the Ivory Coast international, he has only played a mere eight matches for the Blues over the course of the last three campaigns, and has been plagued by injuries ever since he arrived from Bundesliga team Mainz back in 2019.
Thus, sending him out on loan will hopefully give him some consistent game time, and this latest update is good news if he wishes to come back fitter and ready to play for Frank Lampard in the summer.
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