Everton supporters were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern once again on Sunday after seeing the Toffees go down 5-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League, in turn falling into the relegation zone with just eight points from their nine league games.
Ronald Koeman’s men went into their clash with the North London outfit having won just two of their opening nine league games, but they took an early lead at Goodison Park thanks to Wayne Rooney’s fourth league goal of the campaign. However, Arsene Wenger’s Gunners soon turned things around and goals from Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil gave them a 2-1 lead, before Idrissa Gueye was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. And things subsequently got worse for Everton as Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey, and Alexis Sanchez all netted to seal the points for Wenger’s side, although Oumar Niasse did give the home fans something more to cheer with a consolation late on.
Nonetheless, things aren’t looking good for Koeman at Goodison Park, and several of our resident Evertonians are unlikely to overly thrilled by a recent report from The Sun either, which outlines some intriguing information about the future of striker Henry Onyekuru, currently on loan at Anderlecht.
The 20-year-old made the move to Merseyside during the summer but was immediately sent out on loan to the Belgian giants, what with work permit issues meaning he was unable to move to Everton straight away.
And the Nigeria international has proven his worth in the early stages of the campaign with seven goals in 15 games for the club, including six in the league to help Anderlecht to fifth place in the Belgian top-flight.
And his fine goal-scoring form has reportedly attracted the interest of European heavyweights Atletico Madrid and Juventus, both of whom appear to be looking at Onyekuru as the ideal man to lead their front lines for many years to come.
But whether Everton are willing to sell the forward, who has never played for the club, very much remains to be seen.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s goal-scoring woes have been well-documented so far this season, with seven goals from their opening nine Premier League games indicative of their striking crisis.
So what must particularly frustrate manager Ronald Koeman is that the Toffees have a striker on their books scoring goals at present, but Henry Onyekuru is playing his trade in Belgium as opposed to England.
The 20-year-old moved to Goodison Park during the summer but work permit problems saw him sent out on loan to Anderlecht, for whom he has scored seven goals in 15 games, including six in the league.
And now Atletico Madrid and Juventus are showing an interest in the Nigeria international, which leaves Everton in a tricky position, as their ability to get the work permit problems sorted are likely to have a huge bearing on whether they consider selling Onyekuru in the coming transfer windows.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!