Club: Ever­ton Fee: Free Po­si­tion: Striker

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Tof­fees fans will have needed no in­tro­duc­tion to their strik­ing re­cruit this sum­mer, al­though young sup­port­ers might strug­gle to re­call his first spell at Good­i­son Park, which came to an end 13 years be­fore this sec­ond be­gan. Af­ter a some­what un­der­whelm­ing fi­nal few cam­paigns at Old Traf­ford – hit­ting just the five Pre­mier League goals in the last cam­paign af­ter eight in 2015-16 – the ini­tial signs were that Wazza’s re­turn to Mersey­side may give the tail end of his ca­reer a shot in the arm. A header 45 min­utes into his sec­ond league bow for the Blues – as well as a de­cent dis­play in Ever­ton’s Europa League win over Ha­j­duk Split five days later, and goal at Manchester City – sug­gests that Ron­ald Koe­man’s gam­ble (on his wages, if not a trans­fer fee) may yet be a shrewd one. “He shows that he’s still one of the best in his po­si­tion,” the Dutch­man said af­ter Ever­ton’s 1-0 win on the open­ing week­end. “He was dif­fer­ent class with his ball pos­ses­sion, was com­fort­able on the ball, made some good choices with it and scored a great goal, too.”

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