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View: Everton outcast must be given chance despite reportedly not being wanted by Benitez

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Anwar El Ghazi arrived at Goodison Park from Aston Villa in January, just days before Rafael Benitez was sacked as Everton manager.

The 26-year-old joined the Toffees on loan but has played just twice in Blue since then with The Athletic reporting on 14 March that the Dutchman wasn’t even wanted by Benitez when he was signed.

With Everton in such a precarious position and players wildly out of form all over the pitch, why not give El Ghazi a chance to prove the critics wrong?

He showed glimpses time and time again of being a player who could change a game on his own during his time at Villa Park but he lacked the consistency to break into the team on a more permanent basis.

That might be a worry to Frank Lampard but if he can turn that one game Everton’s way, then he might just be the difference between Premier League and Championship football next season.

The last thing any Everton fan wants is to be watching Match of the Day next season knowing they are on ITV’s new EFL highlights show.

The other options out wide include Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Richarlison while Anthony Gordon has surpassed them all to be the Toffees’ best player over the past couple of months.

Gray and Townsend started the season well but their combined £1.7million transfers have unsurprisingly backfired on Everton with neither hitting the levels needed to stay up so far.

Richarlison meanwhile has been used as a striker more than a winger recently and his energetic play style has caused a few problems for defenders since Lampard made the switch.

So there appears to be no reason why el Ghazi shouldn’t be given an opportunity before it’s too late.