Everton’s turbulent start to the season finally took an upturn last week, with interim manager Duncan Ferguson inspiring his players to a 3-1 win over Chelsea. It was a much-needed victory, as the Toffees were sat in the relegation zone before they took on Frank Lampard’s men.
That form led to the dismissal of Marco Silva, and the Everton board’s search for a permanent successor is ongoing. They’ll very likely want a new boss in place before the January transfer window, to give their new man sufficient time to have his own say over their deals. While they’ll surely want to strengthen their squad, there are a few members of their current squad that could be fearing for their future at Goodison Park – here are three that could be in trouble:
When Everton signed the promising Italian, it looked a real coup for under £30m, but Kean has failed to deliver on that potential thus far. The Toffees have struggled to find a talismanic striker since the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in 2017, and so far Kean hasn’t been the answer.
In 13 appearances this season, he’s yet to find the back of the net. One of the reasons for this is a lack of minutes on the field, but the 19-year-old is averaging just 1.1 shots per game in the Premier League this term (via WhoScored), so he’s not giving himself the best chance of scoring goals. After Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace against Chelsea, Kean could find himself restricted to the bench for a longer period.
Midfield may be the main target for acquisitions for Everton in January given the injuries to Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Schneiderlin has started 10 games for the Toffees this season, but he has failed to impress. The Frenchman has an average rating of just 6.26 in the Premier League this season, neither specialising in defence or attack. He also averages just 0.3 blocks per game, as well as 0.3 key passes per game, so he’s really not establishing himself in games at either end of the pitch, with some fans calling him a ‘crab’ due to his slow and sideways movement and passing.
Coleman has been at Everton for over 10 years now since his move from Sligo Rovers. However, now 31, the club captain has lost his place to Djibril Sidibe, since being dismissed against Burnley in early October. Sidibe has shone in that role, starting all eight Premier League games since, and registering three assists in that time. Coleman’s future at the club could be under serious threat if the Frenchman makes his move from Monaco permanent in 2020, even despite his status as a fan favourite.
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