Kenny slams 'bad business' as Everton predicted for relegation scrap after El Ghazi signing
Paddy Kenny claims the signing of Anwar El Ghazi is “bad business” by Everton.
The former Leeds United stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider,
claims the Toffees’ squad has been weakened this month.
Everton confirmed on Thursday (13 January) that El Ghazi, 26, had joined on loan from Villa until the end of the season.
He joins Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend, Richarlison, Alex Iwobi and Anthony Gordon as the wingers at Benitez’s disposal.
Following the sale of Lucas Digne to Aston Villa, Kenny claims Everton’s squad is weaker than it was at the start of the season.
“It’s bad business,” Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
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“You look at El Ghazi, Everton could easily be drawn into a relegation battle.
“Is he a player who improves them? What’s the point of this? For me, they signed wingers in the summer.
“Gray and Townsend have done well so I don’t know where El Ghazi comes into it.
“I don’t think it bodes well. It’s not the signing you expect Everton to make.
“I think them losing Digne and bringing in El Ghazi has actually made them worse.
“It’s not an inspiring signing. It’s a guy who can’t get a game for a direct rival.
“I don’t think it will go down too well amongst the fans.”
El Ghazi scored three goals in 12 appearances across all competitions for Villa this season.
He has netted 15 times in 71 Premier League games so far.