Everton have no plans to make Dutch January loan signing permanent

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The winter transfer window was quite a busy one for Everton. The swirl of ins and outs saw Everton welcome six players meanwhile part ways with Lucas Digne permanently and Lewis Warrington temporarily. Everton did sign two players on loan – Donny van de Beek and Anwar El Ghazi until the end of the season.

Van de Beek arrived from Manchester United as lack of game time had stagnated his career at Old Trafford. With the desire and brute attitude to revive his career, van de Beek made the move to Goodison Park to play under the guidance of Frank Lampard.

The van de Beek move made a lot of sense as Everton were in need of a creative outlet in the middle with a knack for getting forward. However, the other loan move didn’t really appease the fans nor did it sit right with the football experts. Farhad Moshiri also sanctioned the loan deal for winger Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa.

The move puzzled many as the Toffees were in no need to bring in another winger when the midfield was clearly an area that needed reinforcements. The summer arrivals of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend strengthened the flanks. The presence of Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon provided support and the ability of Richarlison to operate on the wings made sure that Everton had plenty of choices.

Everton will not make Anwar El Ghazi signing

With Lampard now in his third month as Everton boss, his preferred lineup is taking shape, especially his selections on the flanks. A pioneer in promoting young talent, Gordon has started every Premier League game except recent game against West Ham United. Apart from Gordon, Iwobi and Gray have also managed to get regular minutes.

If someone has missed out, it is El Ghazi. Since joining the Merseyside club in January, the Dutch winger has just played 11 minutes of football and is constantly overlooked by Lampard in favour of more sharp options.

Aston Villa wanted to offload the 26 year old as they are well stacked in the wing department. As it stands, Villa’s stance hasn’t changed. The Birmingham club still wants to offload El Ghazi in the summer but Everton have no intention to make the loan signing permanent. According to Football Insider, Everton will let go of El Ghazi at the end of the season after the loan deal expires.

Villa will still attempt to secure a permanent transfer elsewhere as boss Steven Gerrard doesn’t see the Dutchman in his plans. Everton have made the right decision to not make the move permanent otherwise it had been another example of poorly conducted transfer business. El Ghazi doesn’t fit in the system and more importantly, the squad is better equipped with wingers like Gordon and Gray who need to be given more playing time.

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