Everton supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after watching their side get thumped 5-1 by an inspired Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thus suffering an 11th league defeat of the campaign.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the Gunners off the back of beating Leicester City 2-1 in their preceding league encounter, in what was their first league win of 2018. Yet the Toffees were unable to back that up and were comprehensively outplayed in North London on Saturday, with a hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey as well as strikes from Laurent Koscielny and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang securing the three points for Arsene Wenger’s side, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second half effort proving to be nothing more than a consolation for the travelling Evertonians.
Subsequently, there have been several angry and disappointed Toffees fans in the Tavern in recent times, and their mood is unlikely to be improved by a recent report from Sport, which suggests that their side attempted to sign Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso during the January window, but to no avail.
The 22-year-old made the move to the La Liga outfit during the summer after coming up through the ranks at Spanish giants Real Madrid, and he has since proven his worth to the Barcelona-based club with 18 league starts, helping Espanyol to 15th place in the table.
And the centre-back’s fine efforts reportedly attracted the interest of Allardyce’s Everton in the preceding months, yet the Merseyside side failed to seal a deal for the former Spain youth international, with Espanyol reportedly refusing ‘to negotiate’ a move.
And this is likely to come as a blow to our resident Evertonians, who have seen their team struggle defensively this term in conceding 45 goals in their 26 Premier League matches.
Landlord’s verdict: While Sam Allardyce did shore up the Everton backline upon his arrival at Goodison Park, the Toffees’ defensive woes have been highlighted in recent times, not least their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday.
And it appears that the former England chief did try to reinforce his backline during the January window, with reports suggesting that they failed with a move for Espanyol’s highly-rated centre-back Mario Hermoso.
And while the club were able to get a loan deal done for Eliaquim Mangala, his presence didn’t make a huge difference on Saturday, so our resident Evertonians are likely to be frustrated by the club’s inability to lure 22-year-old Hermoso to the club last month.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!