Everton supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their team suffer a second successive Premier League defeat at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their trip to in-form Arsenal off the back of going down 3-1 at home to West Ham in their preceding league encounter, in turn suffering their first defeat since Silva took over as manager during the summer. Yet the Toffees were unable to bounce back at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a 2-0 success for Unai Emery’s side, thus prompting Everton’s fall to 12th place in the Premier League table.
Thus, there have been many despondent Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been looking back at the business their side has conducted in recent years, what with the club coming under some criticism for spending a lot of money in the past few transfer windows, with little success to show for it.
Yet the Toffees hierarchy deserve huge credit for one particular deal they agreed back in 2017, which saw midfielder Tom Cleverley leave Goodison Park to join fellow Premier League side Watford.
And in making an £8.37 million profit (as per Transfermarkt) on the England international, who didn’t exactly pull down any trees during his time on Merseyside, Everton certainly pulled off a masterstroke in making a healthy profit from the midfielder’s exit.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer of 2015 on a free transfer following his exit from Manchester United, a move that was seen by many as an opportunity for Cleverley to reignite his career after a tough few years.
And while he made 22 Premier League appearances in his first season at Everton, in which time he scored twice and laid on five assists to suggest that he was an increasingly important part of things on Merseyside, that optimism soon waned, with the midfielder failing to start any of their opening five league games of the 2016/17 season.
And that set the tone for a very difficult campaign for the Englishman given he managed just ten Premier League appearances in all, of which just four were starts, with his lowly position in the pecking order highlighted by the fact he was shipped out on loan to Watford in January 2017.
Thus, with just seven assists to his name in 42 appearances for the Toffees, it’s fair to say that the 29-year-old didn’t have the desired effect during his time at Goodison Park, which is why Everton deserve huge credit for securing £8.37 million (as per Transfermarkt) for his services last summer – he did little to suggest that he was worth that during his time on Merseyside.
And with Cleverley not necessarily hitting the heights since his departure from Everton little over 12 months ago, albeit injury has scuppered his playing chances, the Toffees pulled off a masterstroke in making a very healthy profit from his departure last summer.
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