Everton: 5 worst signings under Farhad Moshiri as takeover talks continue

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Fabian Delph will leave Everton this summer

1. Fabian Delph

When Everton signed Fabian Delph in 2019, it was considered as a shrewd signing capable of helping Everton reach next level through his experience and leadership. The Bradford-born player came to Goodison Park after securing two Premier League crowns with Manchester City, thus bringing some degree of championship winning mentality to the club.

For a fee of £10 million, many thought it to be a well struck deal with Manchester City. Sadly, the expectations didn’t replicate into reality as Delph suffered injuries one after the other that sidelined him for months.

When he managed to remain fit and play, he looked off the pace, lacking the sharpness needed to operate in the midfield role. There have been some purple patches too where he was entrusted with responsibilities and Delph did not disappoint.

In fact, when the Toffees were under extreme pressure of a relegation battle, Lampard chose to deploy Delph in the holding midfield and the Englishman put in some fine performances. However, these patches have been rare.

Most of the time, Delph was spending time on the treatment table. He was so often unavailable that his absence from the match day squad became barely noticeable at one point. Perhaps, it is not Moshiri’s fault that Delph was injured far too often but Everton had to be aware of Delph’s pitiable injury record.

All in all, this is not how Evertonians would have dreamt of Delph’s career turning out at Goodison Park. The Englishman’s contract expires at the end of June and will walk out as a free agent after not being offered a new contract.