Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern were left bemoaning another poor performance from the Toffees in defeat to Burnley on Sunday.
The Merseyside outfit went into their clash with Sean Dyche’s men off the back of a 2-2 draw with Cypriot minnows Apollon Limassol in the Europa League, and their testing run of form continued over the weekend with Jeff Hendrick’s first half strike deservedly securing a 1-0 win for the Clarets at Goodison Park.
And there may be more frustration for our resident Toffees supporters if a recent report from Sky Sports is anything to go by, which details some interesting quotes from Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen.
The Belgium international is most well-known to English football fans for his stint at Arsenal between 2009 and 2014, for whom he played 150 games and scored 15 goals, although he only managed to win one trophy in his time in North London, which was the FA Cup back in 2014.
And he has since been playing his trade at the Nou Camp, although that has been far from successful with the 31-year-old only mustering 21 first team appearances for the club, and was actually shipped out on loan to Italian giants Roma last season to underline his lowly position in the pecking order.
And Vermaelen has recently been addressing reports that he was wanted by former boss Koeman, whom he worked under at Ajax, during the summer, and the Belgian star refused to reject those reports.
He said, when asked about a possible summer move: ‘I don’t want to go into details.
‘Barcelona always said they didn’t want to let me go. All big clubs need at least four centre-backs. They were happy with my pre-season and kept me.’
These comments are sure to intrigue and perhaps disappoint Evertonians, who have seen their side struggle somewhat in the defensive department this season, having kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League thus far.
And Koeman’s men will seek to better at the back and indeed get back to winning ways against Brighton after the international break.
Landlord’s verdict: Thomas Vermaelen excelled at Arsenal before injury thwarted his progression in the first team, yet he somehow earned himself a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
Yet things haven’t gone to plan for the 31-year-old at the Nou Camp with just 21 appearances to show for the last three years, and as such there were reports that former boss Ronald Koeman, whom he worked with at Ajax, was seeking to bring him to Everton.
And Vermaelen, when quizzed about this recently, refused to condemn those reports, which is sure to be of frustration for several Everton fans, who have seen their side struggle so far this season.
Who knows, an experienced and accomplished Premier League centre-back like Vermaelen could be exactly what they need to solidify their leaky backline, but it’s a deal they couldn’t get done during the summer.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!