Everton supporters have been pretty upbeat in recent times after seeing their team record a third successive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Sunday off the back of wins over Fulham and Leicester City in their preceding two clashes, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Roy Hodgson’s struggling Eagles. And while it took the Toffees until the 87th minutes to take the lead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a second soon followed through Cenk Tosun to seal a 2-0 success for the Merseysiders, thus moving them up to eighth place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many thrilled Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even greater improvement from their side following the reasonably busy transfer market the club embarked upon during the summer.
The Toffees hierarchy were praised by many for the business their conducted during the close season, as they were back in the summer of 2017 when they sanctioned Gerard Deulofeu’s departure to Barcelona for £10.8 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And in making a £5.4 million profit on the winger, having signed him for that price under Roberto Martinez (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2015, the club did very well out of that deal, while it also paved the way for Theo Walcott to revive his flailing career by making the move to Goodison Park back in January.
Ultimately, the England international had seen things go stale at Arsenal in his final few months at the Emirates Stadium, what with the winger mustering just six Premier League appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side in the first half of last season.
And that prompted Everton to lure him away from North London back in January of this year as the winger sought to get his career going once again, and he certainly appears to have been reinvigorated in scoring six goals and laying on five assists in 25 appearances for the Toffees.
Yet much of that may not have been possible had Everton retained the services of fellow winger Deulofeu back in 2017, as letting the Spaniard go called for the club to replace him in that area of the field.
The 24-year-old, now of fellow Premier League outfit Watford, enjoyed a fine loan spell at Goodison Park in the 2014/15 season to thus earn a permanent move to the club later on that summer, from which he went on to appear a further 46 times for the Toffees, in which time he bagged four goals and laid on 14 assists.
And with nine assists in the 2015/16 campaign under Martinez, the 24-year-old was clearly a vital part of things at Goodison Park, only to muster just 13 appearances the season after following the appointment of Ronald Koeman, who then subsequently shipped him out on loan to Italian giants AC Milan for the second half of the campaign.
Yes, his final few months at Everton suggested that he maybe wasn’t a regular and thus a key part of the future plans, but nonetheless getting rid of one winger always opened up the possibility of bringing another one in further down the line.
And with Deulofeu leaving that summer, Kevin Mirallas also falling down the pecking order, and Yannick Bolasie only making his way back from a long-term injury at the end of 2017, the opportunity arose for Walcott to get out of Arsenal and resurrect his career at Goodison Park – something he has set about doing rather effectively so far.
Thus, not only did the Toffees make a tidy profit from Deulofeu’s sale, but getting rid of the winger paved the way for Walcott to revive his career by making the move to Goodison Park.
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