Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were left deflated by their side once again over the weekend following the Toffees’ 1-1 draw at Brighton, a result which leaves the Merseyside outfit just two places and two points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Ronald Koeman’s men went into their clash at the AMEX Stadium on Sunday having won just two of their opening seven league matches, and they looked on course to suffer a fourth league defeat of the season when Anthony Knockaert gave Chris Hughton’s Seagulls the lead with just eight minutes of the game remaining. However, the Toffees did grab a point from proceedings when Wayne Rooney slotted home a spot-kick following Bruno’s foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the final minute, but it has done little to ease the pressure on under-fire boss Koeman.
As such, several of our resident Evertonians remain unsure as to whether the Dutchman can turn things around at Goodison Park, and they’re unlikely to be overly thrilled by Koeman’s recent comments from his pre-Lyon press conference (via The Liverpool Echo), which outlines some intriguing information regarding their interest in Memphis Depay earlier this year.
The 23-year-old moved to Manchester United back in 2015 but endured a tricky few years at Old Trafford, eventually ending up with just 53 appearances for the club, in which time he scored seven goals and laid on six assists.
And his time at Old Trafford came to an end back in January as he penned a deal with French giants Lyon, but Koeman has confirmed that he did try to bring his compatriot to Goodison Park, but Depay opted for France as opposed to Merseyside.
Koeman said: ‘He didn’t play a lot for United and he’s still a young player.
‘I like the player and we tried [to sign him] but we couldn’t reach an agreement.’
And these comments are likely to intrigue Everton supporters, many of whom have criticised the club’s transfer dealings in recent times, but given their recent struggles in front of goal, the Dutch international may well have made a difference at Goodison Park.
But instead he’ll be hoping to inflict more misery on the Toffees when his Lyon side visit Merseyside tomorrow.
Landlord’s verdict: Despite much promise, things just didn’t work out for Memphis Depay at Manchester United, yet you always sensed that a fresh start could get the best out of him once again.
And Ronald Koeman’s Everton tried to give him that good start back in January, such was his lowly position in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order, yet the Netherlands international moved to French club Lyon, who the Toffees face in the Europa League tomorrow.
And that’s why a question about Depay came up in Koeman’s pre-match press conference earlier today, in which the Dutchman confirmed Everton’s interest earlier this year, although they were unable to get a deal done.
Everton fans are likely to be split by these revelations, given that Depay showed little at United and thus may not have bolstered the Toffees’ ranks, yet another forward-thinking player may be exactly what Koeman needs to get his side out of their current plight.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!