By Tom Tibble
Everton’s disappointing season could be the catalyst for a mass exodus of players in this summer’s transfer window, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim up to 11 senior players could exit Goodison Park at the end of a campaign that has failed to live up to expectations.
Currently positioned 11th in the Premier League, and having had any chance of FA Cup redemption ruined by defeat to Manchester United nine days ago, the Toffees faithful will expect to see an influx of talent following the takeover by billionaire Farhad Moshiri.
However, the makeup of the squad may differ considerably by the start of 2016/2017 campaign also due to the players leaving.
The Echo rates Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert and Aiden McGeady as probable departures, an unsurprising assessment when the players ages are considered.
Of the five, only Darron Gibson is under the age of 30 and with Pienaar, Osman and Hibbert all 34 or older, it’s likely an economically sound judgement to let these aging yet loyal servants go.
Ranked as possible departures, the Echo reports Kevin Mirallas, Arouna Kone and even January signing Oumar Nisse could be heading to pastures new.
While Mirallas and Kone have shown flashes of their talent, Nisse has had few opportunities to do so, and it could be the trio’s lack of consistent conviction throughout the season that could lead to their exits.
The Echo dubbed Everton’s prize assets, John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley as the ‘hopefully nots’ of the club’s potential summer sale.
The trio form the spine of the team, although after a campaign like the current one, it may be hard to refuse mega offers from rival clubs.
In other Everton news, Roberto Martinez has given some insight into the club’s transfer plans this summer.