Everton may not see new signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin play another game for the Toffees this season, according to reports.
The 24-year-old has been in the treatment room of Finch Farm after playing just two games at the club. Since then, he has undergone two thigh operations after damaging his muscle during training. The club’s initial hopes were that he would have a big part to play during the final months of the season, but that now could be unlikely. Football Insider revealed that there is a reduced expectation that he will reach the levels of fitness needed in order to play a significant amount of minutes before the end of the season.
If the report is true, this will mean that Gbamin’s first season in England will have been completely written off in what has been a disaster for the Ivory Coast international and for Everton, who signed him for £25m in the summer. He has yet to make an appearance under Carlo Ancelotti and his only outings were under the former boss Marco Silva during the first half of the campaign, as per TransferMarkt.
Following the sale of Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain last summer and with the serious injury to Andre Gomes in November, it scuppered any plans that Silva may have had for a central midfield partnership between Gbamin and the Portuguese international.
It is not the news that Ancelotti would have wanted, especially after Gomes recently returned to first team training, which has given the squad a huge boost. We may not see Gbamin in action until pre-season as the Toffees will not want to rush him back due to complications with his surgery.
Time will tell whether he can break into the first team or whether the three-time Champions League-winning boss decides to bring in his own players, which may see him fall down the pecking order through no fault of his own.
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