·1 February 2023
·1 February 2023
Everton reportedly turned down the chance to sign exciting Chelsea attacker Omari Hutchinson, despite Sean Dyche’s apparent need for reinforcements.
Dyche inherited a squad that’s in bad shape, and had only recently sold one of their most promising attacking talents. Indeed, the Toffees are firmly lodged in a relegation battle, and second-top goalscorer Anthony Gordon has been sold to Newcastle United.
The new manager’s desire to bring in some fresh talent was clear in the limited time he had to make changes. Links to a number of stars such as Michy Batshuayi, Beto and Conor Gallagher were explored.
None of those came to fruition, with the latter very much not for sale after Jorginho’s move to Arsenal. Chelsea, however, did try to help Everton’s plight.
Indeed, The Mirror reports the Blues offered Dyche’s side the chance to sign young attacking prospect Hutchinson. However, the Toffees reportedly felt the 19-year-old was ‘too young to make a difference in their relegation scrap’.
Granted, Hutchinson has only played twice for Chelsea’s senior side. However, following three league wins all season, in which they’ve scored just 15 goals, Everton could do with all the help they can get.
That’s especially true given after top goalscorer Demarai Gray (5), the next best goals tally from a player who is still at the club is two in all competitions.
Hutchinson could have brought an energy to the side that Everton might have benefitted from. There would no doubt have been a hunger from the youngster to prove himself in the top flight.
In academy football, he’s shown he can contribute at the top end of the pitch. In 14 Premier League 2 games this season, the attacker has bagged five goals and provided seven assists.
He also had a good showing against senior opposition in the EFL trophy earlier this season, scoring and assisting twice in the same game against Leyton Orient.
As such, it seems a strange decision from Everton to turn down the opportunity to sign such a promising talent. Perhaps he wouldn’t have transferred his impact in the Premier League immediately, but it couldn’t have hurt to see.
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