Everton’s decision to make Anwar El Ghazi’s loan move 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 Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.
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However, he has not been given the opportunity to do that as he has only been offered 11 minutes of action, over the course of two substitute appearances, since heading north-west from the Midlands.
El Ghazi was brought in by Rafa Benitez, who admitted the winger’s ‘desire’ to join Everton proved crucial in negotiations.
However, just a matter of days after his arrival on Merseyside, El Ghazi was made to contend with the sacking of Benitez only six-and-a-half months after being appointed as the Toffees’ boss.
The Spaniard was replaced in the Goodison Park dugout by Frank Lampard, who clearly does not have faith in the 26-year-old due to his lack of outings.
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What has Paul Brown said about El Ghazi?
Brown believes El Ghazi’s time at Everton will prove to be brief, with him expected to head back to parent club Aston Villa at the end of his loan agreement.
The journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “I can’t see that he has a future at the club at all.
“He’s hardly played. He wasn’t really playing under Benitez and he hasn’t really played at all under Lampard either.
“It would be very surprising if they decided to make that one permanent.”
Would Everton be wise to make El Ghazi’s move permanent?
Everton still find themselves in danger of dropping into the Championship as they are just four points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
With that in mind, El Ghazi could make a case to suggest he should have been given more opportunities in a side which has been struggling for wins all season.
He has also scored 55 goals over the course of his senior career, emphasising that he is capable of being a serious threat in the final third of the pitch.
However, with the two-cap Netherlands international currently being an outcast, it is unlikely that he will be kept at Goodison Park heading into next season.