Everton could consider sending Jean-Philippe Gbamin on loan in January to gain regular playing time, according to Liverpool Echo.
The Ivorian international midfielder, 26, has only played four games in all competitions in 2021-22, and having missed a call to participate in the Africa Cup of Nations next month, he is available to leave temporarily Goodison Park when winter the transfer window opens.
Rafa Benitez recently admitted that Gbamin’s situation is “complicated”, and given that he is far down the hierarchy of the Spaniard, a loan release could do him some good.
The midfielder joined the Mainz 05 Toffees in August 2019 on a five-year £ 25million contract to replace Idrissa Gueye, but has only appeared in six Premier League games since.
While the constant injuries haven’t helped, Gbamin just hasn’t been able to work his way into Benitez’s plans since he has gotten fully in shape lately.
Everton manager eyes new central midfielder in January, and it’s safe to say he doesn’t see the Ivorian as part of his plans.
People like 18-year-old Tyler Onyango could feature in the first team more than he does in the future, and that’s why a loan makes sense.
Gbamin was one of Mainz’s best players, and he can always rediscover that form if he sees regular action.
Sadly, this is not available at Goodison Park at the moment, and with only half of his contract expired, he still has time to prove he can be successful.
Some clubs in England, France and Germany might be open to having him until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, and he needs to take his time before making a decision.
In other Everton news, the Toffees are preparing a January loan-to-buy offer for the center-midfielder greeted by Jack Grealish last month.