Everton have signed Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala on loan until the end of the season.
The French international had fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola, after a season long loan at Valencia in the 2016/17 season.
Although it was obvious that Everton were keen to bolster their defensive options in January, it is fair to say that not all fans are happy with the signing.
Everton fans took to twitter to air their opinion on the new player.
Tim Cornes said:
Fans are even calling for Everton manager Sam Allardyce and director of football Steve Walsh to be sacked, following the signing:
The 26-year-old is Everton’s third signing in the January transfer window, following the arrival of Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott.
However, Allardyce explained why he turned to Mangala to improve his defence outlet:
“Eliaquim adds power and strength to our defensive unit. Mangala gives us balance being left-footed.”
“He’s naturally left-footed – we don’t have a natural left-footer in the team at the moment. Michael Keane is not bad with his left foot and Yannick Bolasie is okay, but they are not naturally left-footed.
Mangala became available after Manchester City broke their club record after purchasing centre back Aymeric Laporte from Athletico Bilbao.
He said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play for Everton and I cannot wait to pull on the royal blue jersey for the first time and give my all for the supporters.”
The transfer was announced after Everton’s 2-1 home victory against Leicester on deadline day.
(Goodison Park under the lights on deadline day – Photo by Jake O’Neill).