It’s not long until Everton are back in action after the international break.
The Toffees welcome West Ham to Goodison Park on Sunday aiming to continue their fine form to the Premier League season.
During the hiatus, supporters have been chewing the fat over all things royal blue.
One topic of dicuscssion has been Yerry Mina’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of 2023. His situation has split plenty of Evertonians’ opinions.
But are there any other members of Rafa Benitez’s squad who are in a precarious position?
We analyse every Everton player’s deal and their situation moving forward.
Everton will be happy to get some of their higher-paid players off the books come the end of this campaign to help with financial fair play restrictions.
Fabian Delph has played just one appearance this season and is currently sidelined with a shoulder problem. He’s likely to be released.
Gylfi Sigurdsson will also be on a decent pay packet and will free up funds.
Cenk Tosun falls into the same category, with neither making an outing this term. He’ll also exit if he doesn’t return to Besiktas in January.
Jonjoe Kenny will also be offloaded if he doesn’t leave during the mid-season transfer window, having been available during the summer.
Although third-choice keeper Andy Lonergan will leavw Goodison, Everton will have a decision to make on Asmir Begovic.
The ex-Chelsea keeper was brought in to serve as deputy to Jordon Pickford and the Blues have to weigh up if he’s good enough to remain in the position for another year.
The club hold the option of an additional 12 months.
Youngster Ellis Simms thrived on loan at Blackpool last season, scoring 10 goals in 24 games, and has been named on the bench for several games this campaign.
Even if he doesn’t have a first-team future, Everton will surely want to tie him down if he’s to be sold on. The Blues will get a compensation fee if he does rebuff fresh terms and move elsewhere.
Mina’s current situation has got a lot of supporters talking. The centre-back will already be a high earner and he’ll want a pay rise to keep him on Merseyside.
Yet Mina is playing his best football of his Everton career this season. It seems there is a quandary that needs resolving.
Abdoulaye Doucoure’s all-action displays have rightly been lauded.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if he has suitors circling, but the Toffees have the club option of an additional 12 months.
At a minimum, that clause will be exercised but if he keeps his imperious displays up, fans will clamour for fresh terms to be tabled.
Allan has also been in fine form this term. However, the Brazilian will be 32 by the time his deal concludes. Much might depend on if he’s still operating at a similar level.
The same can be said for Andros Townsend. Even though he’s hit the ground running since arriving from Crystal Palace, the winger will be approaching 32 also.
Seamus Coleman is a modern-day great and has been a brilliant servant over the past decade. The Everton captain will be coming his 35th birthday come the closure of his contract, though.
The Toffees could look to hand him an extension, perhaps in a player-coach role, but he’s unlikely to be first-choice right-back.
Salomon Rondon will be 33 and it very much depends on what sort of level he’s operating at. The club hold a one-year option but the striker’s had a slow start since arriving on transfer deadline day.
It remains to be seen if Tom Davies will see out his deal at his boyhood club.
The midfielder’s been down the pecking order and was linked with a move away in the summer.
Finally, Jarrad Branthwaite is well regarded at Everton and it’d be no surprise if the youngster has his contract extended before 2023.
The teeanager could head out on loan in January to garner more regular senior experience, having joined Championship Blackburn last term.
Three of Everton’s biggest hitters’ deals culminate in 2024.
In truth, it would be a surprise if Richarlison is still on Merseyside in two-and-a-half years’ time. Many expect this to be his final season, having been linked with PSG last summer.
Jordan Pickford’s had his detractors but has blossomed into one of the finest keepers in the Premier League. It would be a shock if Benitez’s side don’t look to tie him down for longer.
If Demarai Gray continues his barnstorming form, some of the biggest clubs in Europe will surely begin to circle for his signature. He’s fulfiling the burgeoning potential he displayed at Birmingham and Leicester.
However, with a club option of an additional year, the Blues hold all of the bargaining chips if there was interest in Gray.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Jean-Philippe Gbamin was offloaded before the end of his agreement. The midfielder has played just four times since his £25 million arrival from Mainz in 2019 and has turned out to be a disastrous signing.
Andre Gomes is also a high earner and he could be gone by 2024.
The most interesting one is Alex Iwobi. The forward has had plenty of critics in the past but made big strides under the tutelage of Benitez.
Everton are likely to have their resolve tested for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the coming years.
The England international has bagged three goals in as many games this season and his career is only heading in one direction aged 24.
If the Toffees want to retain his services, he’ll likely need to be offered a lucrative deal.
The same can be said for Ben Godfrey. Unfortunately, we’ve yet to see the 23-year-old in his favoured centre-back role this term as he’s arguably the best at Goodison Park in the position.
He’s another asset currently well protected.
Lucas Digne signed a new four-year deal in February. That suggests he’s happy to remain on Goodison for the long term and is Coleman’s heir apparent as captain.
But will centre-halves Michael Keane and Mason Holgate still be at the club in 2025?
Holgate has been out of favour this term and may look to move on in either January or next summer for more regular minutes.
The next 18 months could be key for Keane. It’s been accepted that Mina and Godfrey are Everton’s best centre-back pairing when available but Keane’s produced several robust performances.
If Mina commits his future, that could make Keane’s mind up if he doesn’t want to be back up.
Last but not least, there are high hopes for Anthony Gordon. The winger had a fine game against Manchester United before the international break and Everton will hope he can continue his promising progress.