Tarkowski and Coady excellent, McNeil and Maupay flop - Everton transfer ratings so far at World Cup break
Everton have reached the World Cup break on a distinctly sour note with form having gone out the window and a bad atmosphere in the stands.
But it is only a few months since last season’s squad barely escaped relegation, before a transfer window which saw star man Richarlison sold to Tottenham, and fears that Frank Lampard would be unable to bring players in due to financial worries.
In the end a number of players were secured, but it has been very much a mixed bag in terms of how they have performed so far this season, with some major successes but also some definite disappointments.
Here, Goodison News rates the Toffees signings out of 10 as the season breaks for the World Cup in Qatar.
James Tarkowski – Free from Burnley – 9
Despite a less than stellar outing in the final game before the World Cup break the former Burnley man has been an excellent signing for the Toffees. Solid defensive play and great leadership has been a major part of why the Everton back line was leading the league in goals conceded only a few weeks ago.
Felt somewhat underwhelming for long periods of the summer window when he was the only new arrival, but his addition has been as important as anyone’s as his participation in every minute of the league season demonstrates, and on a free transfer the value of the deal is unmatched.
Unlucky not to get a sniff of a World Cup place with England.
Dwight McNeil – £20million from Burnley (The Athletic) – 5
The jury remains out on the 22-year-old winger, who has endured a frustrating time so far on Merseyside. He has featured in every game for the club so far, scoring twice, but has often come off the bench late on and has been unfortunate to rarely play with an out-and-out number nine alongside him.
Although his transfer fee is believed to be highly staggered, he still represents a hefty outlay for a player who registered a single assist and no goals for Burnley last season, especially when he arrived shortly after Everton had failed to sign his former Clarets teammate Maxwel Cornet.
Smashed in an excellent winner at Southampton on 1 October so was unlucky to be back on the bench a week later, and does have age on his side, but there needs to be more from him with the Toffees attack so lifeless currently.
Ruben Vinagre – Loan from Sporting – 6
A temporary signing to cover for Vitalii Mykolenko he has only seen 24 minutes of Premier League action as the Ukrainian has been strong.
There is believed to be a permanent option in his contract but his involvement in the Carabao Cup defeat which drew public criticism from Lampard last week doesn’t suggest there is much danger it will be triggered so far, especially as the club continues to be linked with new left-backs.
As a loanee, primarily brought in as a back up, there can’t be too many complaints.
Amadou Onana – £34million from Lille (Guardian) – 7
The headline capture of the window, Everton pulled off quite a coup when they whisked him out of West Ham’s grasp, even if they did have to pay a premium to do so despite their straightened financial circumstances.
He was responsible for creating a goal at either end in his 10-minute debut at Aston Villa to show both his quality and the fact that he had a lot to learn, for a then-20-year-old with relatively little top level experience, but has settled to become a certain starter in Lampard’s first choice line up.
His finishing needs work, as passing up a golden chance at Tottenham showed, but at his age he looks like he should become a stalwart for years to come if he continues to develop as he has so far.
Conor Coady – loan from Wolves – 9
Picked up late in the window when it surprisingly became clear that he was no longer in the Wolves plans despite captaining them for so long.
Has partnered excellently with Tarkowski to create a much improved defensive unit, and brings many of the same qualities of his fellow centre-back. Also provides some attacking threat, with a goal and an assist, while he had a potential Merseyside derby winner controversially ruled out by VAR.
Seems certain to be made a permanent signing when the time comes, and regardless of other business the club has done extremely well to land two major upgrades at centre-back without big transfer fees.
Neal Maupay – £15million from Brighton (BBC) – 5
Missed multiple games after his late-window signing through league bureaucracy when Everton were crying out for a striker in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence, and scored the winner in just his second game against West Ham (18 September).
Has offered very little since then, even allowing for the fact that he was relegated to back up once the England man returned to the side. But with Calvert-Lewin absent again and the offensive side of the squad struggling badly he hasn’t shown any signs of being the answer of late.
At this stage, disappointing.
Idrissa Gueye – £2million from PSG (Daily Mail) – 6
His return made so much sense when the possibility first arose during the window, but his arrival wasn’t finalised until deadline day amid torturous machinations involving the player and PSG, meaning he had to adapt back to Premier League football on the fly without the benefit of any preseason with Lampard.
Has been a regular starter for the past two months, and has offered some of the quality that he was known for in his first spell with the club, but has also made a number of errors leading to opposition goals and his place is most at threat of the regular midfield three.
The small fee helps but given his stature it has to be a slight let down that he is showing such inconsistency.
James Garner – £15million from Manchester United (Sky Sports) – 6
Surprisingly made available by Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford, he arrived alongside Gueye on deadline day, but has had to wait significantly longer to get his chance and still hasn’t started in the league.
Has shown flashes of quality in regular substitute appearances since making his debut against his former side, and is pushing his Senegalese international teammate for a spot in the team. But his lack of impact when given the chance to start in the cup last week was a disappointment after anticipation had built.
Should be a useful player once he has adapted to both Everton and the Premier League, but hasn’t been seen enough to properly judge him.