Everton fans have been somewhat subdued in the Transfer Tavern during the international break given their side’s poor start to the season.
The Merseyside outfit have won just two of their opening seven Premier League games and thus sit 16th in the division, leaving manager Ronald Koeman with much to ponder ahead of their trip to Brighton this weekend.
A winless start to their Europa League group stage campaign hasn’t helped the mood among our resident Toffees supporters either, and they are unlikely to be thrilled at a recent report from All Nigeria Soccer, which details some intriguing and perhaps frustrating information regarding the future of Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa.
The 24-year-old moved to the King Power Stadium back in 2016 following the Foxes’ surprise Premier League title success, but has failed to make a meaningful impact at the Midlands outfit, and has subsequently slipped down Craig Shakespeare’s pecking order.
The Nigeria international bagged just two goals in 21 league games last season as Leicester struggled in their title defence, but this term has seen Musa fail to appear in any of their matchday squads in the league, further underlining his struggles adapting to English football.
And reports earlier this week suggested that Everton were keeping tabs on his situation should their move to bring Henry Onyekuru back to the club fail to materialise, but recent reports play down that link, with a source confirming to All Nigeria Soccer: ‘It is not true that Musa is joining Everton.’
These comments are sure to intrigue Evertonians, who have seen their side score just four goals in the Premier League so far this term, and ultimately fail to replace star striker Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United during the summer.
But whether Musa would have been the answer is questionable giving his struggles at Leicester in the last 14 months or so.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton’s early season struggles can be centred around their inability to score goals, with four Premier League strikes better than just two other sides (Swansea City and Crystal Palace).
So news earlier in the week that they were reportedly interested in Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa hardly came as a surprise, albeit it was a move that smacked of desperation given the Nigerian’s tough start to life in England.
Thus, Everton fans around the country may be slightly buoyed by recent news playing down the speculation, with it seemingly likely that Musa will remain at the King Power Stadium for the foreseeable future.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!