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Jean-Philippe Gbamin 25

Everton tied up the £23m transfer of Jean-Philippe Gbamin in what was regarded as something of a coup near the end of the 2019 summer transfer window when they struck a deal with FSV Mainz 05 for the Ivorian.

Gbamin broke into the Lens first-team in 2013 after spells with Aire-sur-la-Lys and US Saint-Quentin Blessy youth teams before Mainz brought him to the Bundesliga in 2016 as a promising France U21 international. He switched his international allegiance to Ivory Coast, the country of his birth, shortly afterwards, however, and he had been capped 11 times at the time he arrived at Goodison Park.

Gbamin was ostensibly brought in to replace Idrissa Gana Gueye, who left to join Paris Saint-Germain a few days previously, but he can also operate as a centre-half if needed.

“It's a big moment with a lot of emotion and now it's on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me,” Gbamin said.

“I'm excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn't think for more than a moment — I wanted to come here.”   

Gbamin was thrust into debut action for the Blues on the first day of the 2019-20 season when Andre Gomes suffered an injury shortly before half-time in the game at Crystal Palace. The 23-year-old was preferred to Tom Davies in central midfield alongside Morgan Schneiderlin – the young Englishman would come on later after Schneiderlin was sent off for a second bookable offence – and had some nice early touches but ultimately was given a few lessons in the speed and intensity of the Premier League when he got caught in possession a few times during the goalless draw.

He would get his first start a week later as Schneiderlin served a one-match ban and had already shown signs that he could quickly adapt to his new league when he suffered an early and ultimately lengthy setback in his Blues career when he badly tore a quadriceps muscle in training having made just two appearances.

The thigh injury turned out to be serious and would requiring surgeries in October and February, meaning he would not play again before the whole of English football was shut down by the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. With plans to restart the season finally coming good in May 2020 and with his recovery well advanced, Gbamin was optimistic about finally getting back into action:

“I am training with a view to playing this season if the Premier League returns,” Gbamin told evertonfc.com. “I feel good, fully recovered and I am ready. We are taking it slowly because it was a big injury. It was not easy but I think if the games start to be played in the Premier League then I think I can play.”

Devastatingly, however, while the 2019-20 season did resume, Gbamin tore an Achilles tendon in a freak training accident before another match was played and would be sidelined for many more months, ensuring that he would miss the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

FactFile

Squad number 25
Position Midfield
Nationality Ivory Coast
Born San-Pedro
Date of birth 25 September 1995
Height 6'-1½" (1.86 m)
Joined 3 August 2019
Joined from 1. FSV Mainz 05
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee £23m
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2024
Debut as sub v Crystal Palace
10 August 2019
Full debut v Watford
17 August 2019
Previous Clubs Mainz 05
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2019-20 25 1 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (1) 0
2020-21 25 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 1 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (1) 0

 

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2014-16 Lens 33 1 0 0
2016-19 Mainz 86 0 3 0


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