Since failing to complete a signing during the January window, Everton seem to be scouring the free agent to bolster their squad. But should they be looking slightly closer to home to save their season?
Despite having a frantic end to the January window, Everton failed to complete a single signing even with the extra funds gained from the sale of Anthony Gordon to Newcastle United.
Even though they failed to complete a signing during the window, the blues still seem to be trying to bolster their squad by signing players who are currently without a club.
The likes of Andre Ayew and Isco have recently been linked with moves to EFC since they were both recently without a club (Ayew has completed a move to Nottingham Forest). But should they be looking slightly closer to home to save their season?
Everton currently have 11 players out on loan across the EFL and the rest of Europe, a lot of whom may offer Sean Dyche’s side a little bit of flexibility if they did return.
Everton players currently out on loan:
Lewis Dobbin (Forward) – Derby County
Tom Cannon (Forward) – Preston North End
Dele Alli (Midfielder) – Besiktas
Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Midfielder) – Trabzonspor
Andre Gomes (Midfielder) – LOSC Lille
Lewis Warrington (Midfielder) – Fleetwood Town
Tyler Onyango (Midfielder) – Forest Green Rovers
Niels Nkounkou (Defender) – Saint Etienne
Jarrad Branthwaite (Defender) – PSV Eindhoven
Harry Tyrer (Goalkeeper) – Chester
Joao Virginia (Goalkeeper) – Cambuur
Rather than wasting millions of pounds in wage fees to bring in players nearing the end of their careers, Everton could potentially use their resources more productively and perhaps recall some of their players from their loans (deals allowing).
We have already seen the club employ this strategy at the start of January, recalling Ellis Simms from his successful loan deal in the Championship with Sunderland.
Although the 22-year-old failed to make a start since moving back to Goodison Park under Frank Lampard, there is a big possibility that we could see more of Simms under Sean Dyche and his direct approach to build-up play.
Everton are also down a winger after selling Anthony Gordon and failing to replace him during the January window. However, Lewis Dobbin is starting to find his feet in League 1 with Derby County and, if needed, could play quite an important role in the Everton squad for the final stages of the season if he were to return.
As he has portrayed in his first press conference, Sean Dyche seems quite content with his current squad. This would make any potential recalling of a loan player very unlikely.
However, if things get any worse for Everton in the near future (injuries, suspensions etc.) then the option is there to bolster their squad in that way.
How could Everton best bolster their squad?
Sign free agents