Sandro Ramírez, Yannick Bolasie and Mo Bešić are no longer good enough to play for Everton, that’s according to former Toffees defender Michael Ball.
The trio cost the club a combined £33m and all three players are out of contract next summer. The Toffees are now under pressure to try and recoup some of that money or risk losing the players for free in 2021.
Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri took over the club from Bill Kenwright four years ago and there’s certainly been good and bad examples of transfers during his time so far at Goodison Park.
Everton trio will need to look elsewhere for first-team football
Bosnia and Herzegovina international Bešić arrived in 2014 and recently returned back to the club following a loan spell at Sheffield United. Meanwhile, Bolasie arrived from Crystal Palace in 2016, where he made 133 appearances, but has also failed to make an impact at Goodison.
Ball, who played 121 games for Everton before a move to Rangers in 2001, has made it clear that the trio of Ramírez, Bolasie and Bešić will all need to move on to get regular first-team action as Everton are “moving forward” as a club.
“They’re not good enough to play in our starting XI,” said Ball, who spoke about the trio in his column for the Liverpool Echo. “We’re moving forward as a club and unfortunately they are not going to be part of that.
“They have to be professional themselves, own up, and say, ‘Okay, it hasn’t worked out’. You don’t want to be sat unhappy at a club and not playing. Any footballer wants to play.
“Yes, we offered them big contracts at the time, we know that, but they have to be honest with themselves now. They have to play football. Money goes out the window. Everton will be hoping there are takers but Bolasie and Sandro will be difficult to shift.”