Everton are hoping to sign Dutch international forward Arnaut Danjuma on loan this week after Everton signaled he was the relegation-fighting choice when he left Villarreal – a number of Premier League lower half teams are seeking his autograph.
The 25-year-old Danjuma was followed by Southampton, Nottingham Forest and his former club Bournemouth – all he could do with a striker. There was also interest from PSV Eindhoven, who sold England Under-21 Noni Madueke to Chelsea this week. However, Everton are now favorites to sign the disgraced striker at Villarreal.
Danjuma, who has made eight appearances for the Netherlands but was not included in last year’s World Cup squad, appears to be impressed by the challenge presented by the current situation with Everton and the club.
Danjuma spent two seasons with Bournemouth, joining from Club Brugge in 2019. He played during the Premier League relegation season and then the Championship season, where the club reached the play-off semi-finals and scored 17 against 37. games in all competitions. His goal for Villarreal over the course of a season and a half was close to a goal in both games.
Everton manager Frank Lampard will play a crucial game on Saturday against one of his former clubs, West Ham, which is also in the bottom three of the table. Everton’s top scorer in the league so far is Anthony Gordon with three goals, while Richarlison has sold out and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been battling injury this season. Support unrest reached new heights during and after Saturday’s loss to Southampton at Goodison Park.
Lampard said he told his players not to prioritize selfish feelings and not to hide behind the turmoil that tainted the club.
“The players don’t want to be in this position, the truth is we’re here and there are many reasons for that. So they need to have a human response after the games,” Lampard said.
“I had something to say because from my point of view – in the position we are in – we have to fight and be ready for battle. If the players in the locker room are disappointed that we lost, that’s fine. If they want to fight and be a good teammate and not think about themselves, if they think about the team and try to get the result next week and start.” If they haven’t started or are trying to train with great intensity throughout the week, that’s all I want.
“After games like Southampton, that fact became even clearer. The truth is – they have low confidence or wherever they are in their game – they have to think of a way out of tough times. I’ve been in many places in my career and the only way is to work. The only way is to focus. And the only way is to be selfish about it. Not being and limiting yourself.
“One of the oldest things I’ve learned in professional football, and perhaps the way I was raised to be fair, is the moment you make excuses or try to share the blame on something other than what you can put in, the moment you fail. The first thing I would say to the players is to look no further than themselves.”