Marcel Brands and Marco Silva have been getting to grips with the summer transfer market early this year, with the pair reaching an agreement with FC Barcelona for Andre Gomes. But before the Portuguese midfielder put pen to paper on a permanent contract with Everton, our boss and Director of Football had already lured former Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to Merseyside.
The 30-year-old was released by the Terriers following their relegation back into the Championship, despite featuring in 31 of their Premier League games, in which he recorded the joint-second-most punches of any top-flight ‘keeper.
He could not officially join the Toffees until his Huddersfield contract expired on June 30, however, but he is now a Blue, and earning a reported £52,800-a-week.
Following his first few days in training with Silva and co. at Finch Farm, the one-time Denmark international took to Twitter to describe his first impressions of his new teammates, and many fans loved that he noted: “I have been greeted by a bunch of really welcoming people and already feel at home – a pleasure!”
First days at Finch Farm and back on the grass ???? I have been greeted by a bunch of really welcoming people and already feel at home – a pleasure! pic.twitter.com/CeaAbB9G5Y
— Jonas Lössl (@JonasLoessl) July 2, 2019
The Liverpool Echo have noted that not all of the first-team have so far returned from their summer break, with those who were on international duty given special dispensation to return later than the rest.
The local paper also claim that those at Finch Farm spent their first day back focusing on establishing a baseline for their fitness levels, before taking to the grass for the first time on Tuesday, June 2.
Players were put through various tests to determine their strength, jumping reach, and body fat levels, as well as measuring the range of movement in their joints and muscle to be able to detail progress made over the season and should someone develop an injury.
Here’s how these Everton fans responded to Lossl’s post…
Glad to have you here Jonas, welcome to Everton! ????
— Will (was @LiquidRichy) (@WillNSNO) July 2, 2019
We’re a family mate… Welcome.
— Andres☯Martinez911 (@newevolution911) July 3, 2019
Happy to have you here Jonas! Welcome to Everton????????????⚪️
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) July 2, 2019
Bring success to Everton bro
— Jesudian Chelliah (@Jesudian15) July 3, 2019
Get fit quick, you may be needed!! ????????????♂️
— Paul Clews (@PaulClews2) July 2, 2019
You’re a bluenose now mate, welcome to the best family in the world ????
— Bradielka ???? (@EvertonEFC1878) July 2, 2019
Welcome Jonas, train hard and give Jordan the push he needs to keep him on his toes.
— Andy Forsyth (@Andy_Forsyth) July 3, 2019
Welcome to the people’s club jonas
— James (@James39651871) July 3, 2019
Welcome to the best club jonas ????
— Paul (@dilloefc) July 2, 2019
Welcome Jonas can’t wait to watch you play in Kenya!
— Fergus O’Connor (@Feedtheyak22) July 2, 2019
Knew you would be welcomed by a great bunch of people wait till you meet us fans, once @Everton has touched you then you wont want to go anywhere else ????????????????????
— Ann Mckenzie (@annmckenzie67) July 2, 2019