By James Strudwick
After finishing outside the Premier League’s top 10 last season, Everton dipped into the market during the summer transfer window to strengthen the depth of their squad in an attempt to improve their fortunes.
However, when any club brings in new players, current players suddenly find themselves on the bench or pushed out of the squad completely.
Here are three Everton players that should have left Goodison Park over the summer.
The Spanish forward had an impressive pre-season, inspiring the Toffees to wins over MK Dons and scoring in a 2-1 loss against Dynamo Dresden.
Things were looking good for Deulofeu as he started both of Everton’s first two Premier League games against Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion.
However with Ronald Koeman’s men acquiring the services of Yannick Bolasie on a permanent deal and Enner Valencia on loan, the 22-year-old has seen his playing time reduced, making three out of five of his appearances in the Premier League as a substitute.
Good 3 points at home! ?? // Buenos 3 puntos en casa ??
— Gerard Deulofeu (@gerardeulofeu) 17 September 2016
After impressing in pre-season, Deulofeu will have been hoping that he had managed to secure himself a place in Everton’s starting XI for at least the first part of the season but that does not seem to be the case.
Having been through the Barcelona academy the forward clearly has a lot of potential but he will have to start playing regularly to reach it, which is looking less likely at Everton.
Since following Roberto Martinez from Wigan to Everton in 2013, the Spanish goalkeeper has only made 22 appearances for the Toffees.
The 26-year-old will have hoped by now that he would have found a club where he can hold down a regular first team spot.
However, during the time Robles has been there Tim Howard and now Marteen Stekelenburg have occupied Everton’s first-choice keeper role.
— Everton FC News (@LivEchoEFC) 8 October 2016
Coming up to his fourth season of playing second fiddle in the goalkeeper position at Goodison Park, the Spaniard should have pushed for a move away from Merseyside in the summer.
In his early years at the club, the Costa Rican defender was a squad player for the Toffees, making a total of 24 Premier League appearances for the club, 15 of these as a substitute.
However, in January 2014 the 26-year-old broke his leg in an FA Cup fourth round match against Stevenage, which ruled him out for the rest of the season.
This injury meant Oviedo was unable to establish himself as a presence in Everton’s defence and only made 15 appearances for the club in last season’s Premier League.
— Everton FC News (@LivEchoEFC) 2 October 2016
The full-back has he formidable presence of Everton veteran Leighton Baines ahead of him in the battle to get a starting place on Merseyside.
Oviedo has only played three games so far this season, two in the Premier League and one in the League Cup.
It’s unfortunate that the former FC Copenhagen man’s horrific injury came at the time it did.
However after his limited playing time of late, Oviedo should have moved away over the summer in search of regular first-team football.