By Pranav Shahaney

19th May, 2023 | 6:10pm

Everton are certainly not going to recoup the money they paid in 2019 to sign midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Mainz in 2019.

Per the BBC, they shelled out a £25million fee in order to acquire the services of the Ivory Coast international from German club.

However, his injury record has seen him make less than 10 senior appearances for the club and recently, Bernard Collignon, his agent, has even said that he could continue his career in Russia but will not feature for the Toffees again.

He told Sport 24 on 18 May, “After a loan spell at Trabzonspor in Turkey, Gbamin still has a year left on his contract with Everton, but the player will not return to the English club. Continuing your career in Russia? Everything is possible. In the summer, we’ll see if there will be interest from the RPL.”

It’s wishful thinking for Everton to imagine that they’re getting anything close to what they paid for him four years ago.

In normal circumstances, midfielders hit their prime in their mid to late 30s and their valuation should be at its highest.

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However, for Gbamin, a player who’s struggled to stay fit, even if the Toffees can get eight figures, they will be delighted.

It’s just yet another multi-million blow for the club that has spent huge amounts of money in the transfer window under Marcel Brands.

The former director of football made 26 signings that cost Everton £300million [Liverpool Echo] and the club have suffered heavy losses on a number of those players.

Yerry Mina who came in for £27million in 2019 is set to leave on a free transfer and the club have already incurred significant losses on Allan and Andre Gomes, both of whom cost over £20million. [Daily Mail]

If we were to go back before the Brands era, the likes of Cenk Tosun, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson have also been akin to throwing money down the drain.

There are no surprises why the Toffees find themselves in FFP trouble and in danger of relegation as they’ve spent extra money and weakened their squad in the balance.