As the build-up to tomorrow’s crucial clash against Wolves continues, Everton are once more being linked with several new midfielders.
Those two players are Aleksandr Golovin currently at Monaco and Harry Winks of Tottenham. Winks has been regularly associated with a move to Everton, while Golovin is a new name supposedly being tracked by the club.
Russian Golovin is a very versatile midfielder/forward who can operate in a number of different positions in the centre and out wide.
According to Whoscored Golovin is a strong player defensively and offers good creative attacking qualities as well. He looks at least on paper, like a decent option who could offer the Blues additional skills and options in the middle of the park.
Winks is a name that has regularly surfaced in connection with Everton and so it is again as stories claim he could be moving on in January.
The 25-year-old has been in and out of the Spurs team and under new manager Nuno Espirito Santo his future still seems unclear.
The centre of midfield has become a problem area for the Toffees since Abdoulaye Doucoure’s injury and his absence was very keenly felt last weekend.
Tom Davies wasn’t able to replicate Doucoure’s contribution and Everton were outworked and outfought by Watford in the middle of the park.
And while it was the horrendous defending that got most of the attention afterwards, in some ways the Blues lost the game because of that inability to control the midfield.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin might get a chance to play tomorrow if Rafa Benitez decides to give the luckless injury-prone Ivorian a chance to show whether he can ever recapture the form that convinced the club to spend almost £30 million on him in 2019.
Apart from Gbamin, the only other senior central midfield options, Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph are far from convincing to say the least. Both have offered very little recently and Delph in particular has barely played in at least a year due to injury.
The January transfer window is coming up soon and while there are many areas of this Toffees’ team that need additions and strengthening such as right-back and central defence, midfielders will also surely be in mind as Benitez and Marcel Brands consider their options.
I would like to see Gbamin get a chance so we can see if he could offer the kind of power, energy and box-to-box dynamism that the team certainly needs.
The next few weeks and months represent a good, perhaps final opportuniity for him and then Benitez will have a clearer idea of whether he needs to sign another midfielder, whether in this coming window or in the summer.