Everton’s decision to make Anwar El Ghazi’s loan from Aston Villa permanent would come as a huge surprise as he is not believed to have a long-term future at Goodison Park, according to the Daily Star reporter. Paul Brown.
El Ghazi moved to Merseyside just before the halfway point of the January transfer window but the switch hasn’t gone to plan for the winger.
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After his loan spell at Everton ended, El Ghazi insisted he wanted to show his ‘quality’ to the Goodison Park faithful and ‘I can still score a goal in an important moment’.
However, he hasn’t had the chance to do so as he has only been offered 11 minutes of action, across two substitute appearances, since heading northwest from the Midlands.
El Ghazi was brought in by Rafa Benitez, who admitted the winger’s ‘desire’ to join Everton proved crucial in the negotiations.
However, just days after arriving on Merseyside, El Ghazi faced Benitez’s sacking just six and a half months after being named Toffees boss.
The Spaniard has been replaced in the Goodison Park dugout by Frank Lampard, who clearly doesn’t trust the 26-year-old due to his lack of outings.
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What did Paul Brown say about El Ghazi?
Brown believes El Ghazi’s stay at Everton will be brief, with him expected to return to parent club Aston Villa at the end of his loan deal.
The journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t see at all that he has a future at the club.
“He hardly played. He didn’t really play under Benitez and he didn’t really play at all under Lampard either.
“It would be very surprising if they decided to make this one permanent.”
Would Everton be wise to make El Ghazi’s move permanent?
Everton are still at risk of falling in the Championship as they sit just four points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.
With that in mind, El Ghazi could argue that he should have had more opportunities in a team that has been struggling for wins all season.
He has also scored 55 goals in his senior career, underlining that he is capable of being a serious threat in the final third of the pitch.
However, with the two-cap Netherlands international currently an outcast, he is unlikely to be kept at Goodison Park until next season.