The Toffees additional André Gomes for their positions on a permanent foundation, Fabian Delph united from Manchester City while former Liverpool transfer goal Jean-Philippe Gbamin arrived at Goodison Park to meet the void left by Idrissa Gueye’s passing.
But, early-season hope quickly turned into grief. Gbamin sustained an accident in August and he has only just returned to training. Gomes missed two weeks of this season after a late Heung-min Son challenge dislocated his ankle while Delph has managed only 11 starts from the Premier League.
The 28-year-old has been shown the exit door to make room for Christian Eriksen in San Siro.
Vecino combined the Nerazzurri in August 2017 for a fee thought to be in the region of $20million. He’s been a vital cog in the Inter team ever since, making 59 looks across two seasons. The Uruguayan has also featured ten occasions for Antonio Conte’s side this year, despite not being at the former Chelsea coach’s first-team plans.
This season, he is averaging fewer bits, playing fewer moves and his pass precision is down but, oddly enough, he has created more opportunities per 90 minutes. He just is not the ideal fit for Conte.
He could be a wise addition to the Everton ranks, however.
The Toffees lack chunk progress in midfield. But really act as the connection between the center and the last thirds. Vecino averages 31 percent of his moves forward, a complete no Everton player can match.
He is direct, innovative and incisive. He is also comfortable in the last third, with as many as 30 percent of his moves coming from that area of the pitch. Vecino is not a playmaker in the conventional sense, but he can select a pass and he can execute them. Exactly what Everton need immediately to get their forward firing.
Having said that, Vecino is not much of a goal threat. Over the past 18 months, he has averaged only 0.12 open-play goals per 90. During that time he is chipped in with 0.13 aids to take his target participation per 90 to 0.25.
Tidy in possession, averaging 80 percent pass success rate, his long ball completion rate is near 60 percent. Vecino is not shy about getting his hands dirty, either. This season he has averaged almost six chunk recoveries per 90.
The 28-year-old is not a flashy name but, right now, Everton need players that can execute their Italian tactician’s plans. He is no Rodríguez and he is not a signing to put the Toffees on the map, but Vecino could prove to be the most significant signings of the Ancelotti age at Goodison Park.
Once he’s ready to solidify the midfield, the Italian tactician could construct. It is the area of the pitch that decides matches and it is the area the prior Milan director has ever looked to dominate.