The Everton players in frame to be axed from squad for Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli

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Frank Lampard must remove one player from Everton’s 25-man Premier League squad after signing five players in January including Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek on loan and Dele Alli from Tottenham Hotspur.

The January transfer window is done and dusted and Everton fans will be highly satisfied with their team’s business.

Not only has a new manager been appointed in Frank Lampard but five fresh faces can through the door.

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On transfer deadline day, the Toffees displayed their ambition to recruit Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United and Dele Alli on an initial free transfer from Tottenham.

Now Lampard’s attention will turn to who’ll be registered in Everton’s Premier League squad as they bid to climb the table in the second half of the campaign.

From last submitting their squad in September, there are now 22 senior players on the list.

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The departure of Lucas Digne to Aston freed up a berth, as did James Rodriguez’s exit to Qatari club Al-Rayyan late in September.

It means that three slots are available for Lampard to register his latest recruits.

Nathan Patterson - purchased for an initial fee of around £11.5 million from Rangers - will not count. He’s under the age of 21, as is fans’ favourite Anthony Gordon

So, in fact, Everton have four players they need to slot in with only three positions open.

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Certainly, Lampard will be registering his deadline-day recruits, van de Beek and Dele Alli. They’re earmarked to be the game-changers the Blues desperately require.

Vitaliy Mykolenko, brought in for £18 million from Dynamo Kiev, is the only recognised left-back at the club and will also be registered.

And although the loan signing of Anwar El Ghazi split the opinion of fans, it’d be folly not to jot his name down. The Holland international bagged 11 goals at Aston Villa last season.

Therefore, Everton will have to axe one member of their Premier League playing squad to make room for the quartet. Here’s a look at who it might be.

Cenk Tosun

Everton striker Cenk Tosun. Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty ImagesEverton striker Cenk Tosun. Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Everton striker Cenk Tosun. Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images | Getty Images

In truth, the striker looks the most likely to be removed.

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It’s now four years since Tosun’s £27 million arrival from Besiktas - and it’s been four years largely of nothingness.

Everton fans rue the profligacy of recruiting the Turkey international and it has contributed to the club sailing closely to the profit and sustainability rules barrier.

Tosun has scored just 11 goals in 59 appearances for the Toffees, while he’s had loan spells at Crystal Palace and Besiktas. He picked up long-term injuries during each of them.

This season, the 30-year-old has made only two outings for Everton when

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He’s out of contract in the summer and is undoubtedly heading for pastures new.

It was reported last month that Tosun turned down a move to Championship side Hull and another Besiktas loan to instead see out his Goodison Park contract.

Lampard may not be awash with centre-forwards but has sufficient options in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Salomon Rondon and youngster Lewis Dobbin.

Tosun could be left in the cold before Everton finally get him off the wage bill.

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Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph has struggled with injuries this season. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesFabian Delph has struggled with injuries this season. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
Fabian Delph has struggled with injuries this season. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images | Getty Images

They came up against each other on plenty of occasions in the Premier League and also shared a dressing room for England.

Although Delph’s Everton career hasn’t gone to plan since joining for £10 million in the summer of 2019, Lampard would likely want him around his set-up.

Granted, the former Manchester City midfielder might not be the most popular among Evertonians.

But he does bring plenty of experience and that’s something Lampard may want to tap into. His performance in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham in November garnered plenty of plaudits.

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However, that was just one of six appearances Delph has made his season.

He has struggled with injuries and he’s yet again on the treatment table with a thigh issue. He’s ruled out of action for at least another three weeks.

With van de Beek and Alli arriving, it could influence Lampard’s decision of ditching Delph.

He is another whose deal expires in the summer and will be released.

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If Lampard wants to get an idea of who will be in his plans next season, it might make sense to cut Delph adrift prematurely.

Jean-Phillipe Gbamin

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Jean-Philippe Gbamin of Everton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton at Molineux on November 01, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Jean-Philippe Gbamin of Everton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton at Molineux on November 01, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers is challenged by Jean-Philippe Gbamin of Everton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton at Molineux on November 01, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Another recruit who can only be described as a waste of money.

After Idrissa Gueye left for PSG in the summer of 2019, Gbamin was purchased for £25 million from Mainz and earmarked as his replacement.

It’s been contrasting, though. Starkly contrasting.

Gbamin has scarcely been involved during his two-and-a-half years on Merseyside.

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The 11-cap Ivory Coast international has made a total of just eight appearances for Everton.

In fact, having made five outings this term, it’s more than he clocked up in their previous two campaigns.

Still, it’s nowhere near enough for a player who cost Everton a significant amount of cash.

Gbamin is likely someone who the Blues would like to shift on in the summer, having been unable to find a suitor in the January transfer window.

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When Abdoulaye Doucoure, Tom Davies and Delph (should he be registered) return from their respective injuries, the former Lens midfielder will be well down the pecking order.

He’ll also have van de Beek, Alli, Allan and Andre Gomez ahead of him, while teenager Tyler Onyango is also around the squad and has a bright future.

That then could force Lampard’s decision and see Gbamin’s Goodison career take another turn for the worse.

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