Morgan Schneiderlin has been tipped to be one of the first casualties of Carlo Ancelotti’s tenure at Everton, according to the Daily Express.
The Italian has taken charge of the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal in the wake of Marco Silva’s sacking, believed to be worth £9million-per-year, that sees the former SSC Napoli head coach return to the dugout within weeks of his departure from the San Paolo Stadium.
Ancelotti arrives at Goodison Park with the club competing in the bottom-half of the Premier League standings, as Silva’s final run of games saw the club take just two wins in 11 top-flight matches and the axe finally fall on the Portuguese’s time on Merseyside.
A change in leadership with Ancelotti now at the helm could see others leave Goodison Park when the transfer window opens next month, and as many as seven players have been put forward as part of a potential mass exodus of those who could have uncertain futures with the Toffees.
Cenk Tosun and Schneiderlin are the big-name departures on the Daily Express’ list of players that may be shown the door by Ancelotti, along with fringe men Oumar Niasse, Cuco Martina and Maarten Stekelenburg, plus Sandro Ramirez and Yannick Bolasie who are currently out on loan.
Schneiderlin has been named as a player that could be sold despite becoming a first-team regular this season, with the £10.8m-rated midfielder starting ten of his 13 appearances from a possible 21 in all competitions.
The £100,000-per-week 30-year-old’s name has been included as it is expected that Ancelotti will be keen to move Schneiderlin on and bring in a more suitable replacement, than someone that’s rarely looked like rediscovering the form which saw him signed by Manchester United for £24m.
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Despite Schneiderlin’s performances being unconvincing on occasion – particularly away to Burnley, when he played the ball sideways and backwards far too often when we needed to push for a goal – the Frenchman starred in the 3-1 win over Chelsea.
His energy was terrific against Frank Lampard’s Blues, as he won six of nine ground duels, two of three aerial battles, made three clearances, six tackles, one interception, and completed 17 accurate passes having taken 41 touches, per Sofa Score statistics.
Schneiderlin could not replicate that performance the following week against Manchester United having suffered a calf injury, but recreating that display under Ancelotti could save him from the chop next month.
In other Everton news, it has been claimed that we are chasing a £36m-rated star to be Ancelotti’s first signing.