£9m Everton flop Lampard doesn't pick 'was a strange signing'

Everton signing Anwar El Ghazi on loan from Aston Villa was “strange”, says journalist Paul Brown.

The 26-year-old arrived at Goodison Park in the January transfer window but has failed to make any real sort of impact.

How is El Ghazi’s loan spell at Everton going?

Not great. He is yet to start a game for his new club. In fact, the Dutch attacker has only played 11 minutes of football since joining the Toffees.

You probably do have to show him some sympathy, though, with Rafael Benitez no longer at the Merseyside outfit.

It was the Spaniard who brought El Ghazi in from Villa before his dismissal. Since then, he has obviously been replaced by Frank Lampard, who clearly wants to go in a different direction when it comes to selecting his wide players.

With all of that being said, Everton still have a lot of fixtures left, so perhaps El Ghazi can turn things around before the end of the season.

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What has Brown said about El Ghazi’s move to Everton?

Brown has told GIVEMESPORT that El Ghazi was a strange signing by Everton and has concerns about how much game time he is going to get during this loan spell at Goodison Park.

Speaking to GMS, the Daily Star journalist said: “It was a strange signing at the time and wasn’t really what they needed, and I wonder how he gets in for more than 10-15 minutes subbing in for one of the other wingers who’s ahead of him.”

Will El Ghazi break into Lampard’s starting XI?

It is looking highly unlikely. Richarlison is one of the team’s best players, so you would expect him to always take up that spot on the left flank when Lampard decides to go with Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the lone striker like in the recent 5-0 hammering to Tottenham.

The former Chelsea and Derby County boss has also put a lot of faith in youngster Anthony Gordon, who has started every game under him so far.

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Simply put, a route into the first team for the £9m-rated winger looks blocked. Of course, with Everton performing so badly of late, epitomised by that thrashing they received in north London, Lampard may have to try something different and start looking at the players he has not given too many opportunities to.

As things stand, though, this has been a disastrous loan spell for El Ghazi.

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