Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin could leave Goodison Park in February with a loan move to CSKA Moscow on the cards.
A recent report from Liverpool ECHO has offered an update on the future of Jean-Philippe Gbamin. It appears the Everton star has emerged as a potential target for CSKA Moscow, who are keen on securing his services on a short-term loan deal.
Although the winter transfer window is over in almost every major country in Europe, Russia’s window remains open until 22nd February. It makes CSKA Moscow eligible to sign players from other leagues, including Gbamin, who might be hoping to redeem himself after a difficult spell at Goodison Park so far.
The midfielder has endured a difficult time since joining Everton in a €25 million move from Mainz in 2019. His spell in England has been marred by a series of unfortunate injuries. Injuries to his hamstring and Achilles notably restricted his game-time to just two games in his debut season.
It was followed by yet another injury-laden campaign last season, while coach Carlo Ancelotti himself opted not to utilise the French-Ivorian on many occasions. As a result, Gbamin made only one appearance in the league last term. His fortunes haven’t changed much this season either, with the midfielder featuring in just three league matches for Everton.
Gbamin’s ongoing struggles in the Everton setup have led to speculation over his long-term future at the Merseyside club. CSKA Moscow are prepared to offer the 26-year-old the opportunity to relaunch his career in the Russian Premier League.
It is no secret that the former Mainz starlet boasts tremendous potential given his tactical astuteness and versatility in the middle of the park. Unfortunately, a slew of injuries have seen him fall behind the likes of Andre Gomes, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure in the pecking order. The Toffees also brought in Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli in January, further restricting game-time for Gbamin.
Gbamin’s long-term future at Goodison remains bleak as well, especially with van de Beek looking to make his move to Everton permanent in the summer. It would not be surprising to see Frank Lampard sanction the exit of the 26-year-old this month, possibly with an option to buy included in the loan deal.