By George Overhill

19th May, 2022 | 2:40pm

Fabrizio Romano: Jean-Philippe Gbamin will leave CSKA Moscow and return to Everton this month

Midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin will end his loan spell with CSKA Moscow and return to Everton by the end of the month, Fabrizio Romano reports.

The Ivorian international has only made eight appearances since he arrived at the club for £25million in 2019 but has had a run of regular first-team football in Russia.

On Wednesday (18 May) HITC reported that his agent had rubbished claims the 26-year-old was due to leave, saying “It’s a lie” and he “really wants to continue” but that appears to be what is happening.

Romano posted on his Twitter account Thursday (19 May): “Official. Jean-Philippe Gbamin will leave CSKA Moscow in the coming days and he’s now gonna return to Everton.

“Loan deal has now expired and so Gbamin will be back at the end of current month.”

Rejuvenated?

If he is fit after a terrible time on Merseyside that has so far been ruined by injuries then in theory Gbamin could be the kind of player the team needs.

Fabian Delph looks to be heading out of the club in the summer when his contract expires, primarily due to fitness concerns of his own.

And Allan looks to have slipped down the pecking order under Frank Lampard since the Merseyside derby where he was mocked for completing a single pass.

The Toffees boss has chopped and changed with his midfield options, and even turned to Andre Gomes for the defeat to Brentford.

With Donny van de Beek set to return to Manchester United, and Dele Alli in limbo, it looks like the field is thinning out ahead of next season in that area.

The Athletic reported in February when Gbamin moved to Moscow that there was no permanent option involved, suggesting the club was hoping the temporary transfer could kickstart his career at Goodison.

If they wanted him to prove his fitness then he appears to have done that, playing the full 90 minutes in nine consecutive league games, and over an hour in the 10th, while adding two cup appearances.

Lampard will no doubt assess his options over the summer and, assuming Premier League survival is secured, could feasibly see the former Mainz man as the kind of combative option he needs in the middle of his team.

In other Everton news, the former head of the PGMOL is exasperated with that situation current referees have allowed to develop after recent Toffees controversy.

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