Everton signed Eldin Jakupovic from Leicester on a free transfer to alleviate a growing goalkeeping crisis as a short-term cover while Jordan Pickford was out with an injury. Everton entered the transfer market in search of the free agency following Jordan Pickford’s injury, signing Eldin Jakupovic, who has not played for the first team in more than four years. The decision to sign Jakupovic on a short-term deal was made despite Everton playing just one Premier League game until the end of September. Everton FC announced through Everton’s official Twitter account on September 13 that due to injuries to Jordan Pickford and Andy Lonergan, Eldin Jakupovic has signed a contract with the club. The Foxes dismissed the 37-year-old after last season when his contract expired, and he has been a free agent since.
Frank Lampard also has Asmir Begovic at his service, and the former Chelsea, Bournemouth, and Portsmouth goalkeeper is expected to feature against West Ham on Sunday. Jakupovic, on the other hand, will be available, with the Switzerland player looking for a rare opportunity to play in the Premier League once more. The veteran has not been a consistent first-choice player during his time, especially after relocating to England in 2012 and signing with Hull. Despite spending five years with the Tigers, the Bosnian-born goalkeeper only made 53 appearances in all competitions. He joined Leicester in 2017 and stayed until earlier this summer, but he only made two Premier League appearances during that time.
Manchester United supporters may recall Jakupovic as the goalkeeper because Ryan Giggs made his final appearance at Old Trafford, going on from the bench in a victory over Hull. The United icon took a late free-kick that would have been a storybook way to conclude his legendary career. Still, Jakupovic produced a flying stop for which he later apologised to the Welshman.
Everton Football Club has announced that the kick-off time for their Premier League match against West Ham United on Sunday has been adjusted. The Blues were scheduled to play the Hammers at 2 p.m. this Saturday, but a revised start time of 2:15 p.m. has been decided upon because the game will now be televised live on Sky Sports. Frank Lampard’s team had their planned away encounter against Arsenal called off on Friday, as did some other nine fixtures in the English Premier League due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Three more games scheduled for this weekend will be cancelled, but the Blues are one of the clubs that have escaped any adjustments to their schedule.