With back to back losses to Brighton and Leicester and just one win in their last eight games, it wouldn’t be too unreasonable to say Everton are in a bit of a crisis.
While goalscoring hasn’t been an issue throughout the season, it has been a struggle in the past couple of games, and it appears Marco Silva had an idea in mind to try and turn things around: signing Malcom.
Already interested in the Brazilian winger over the summer, Everton failed in their attempts to convince him to ignore Barcelona’s advances, where the former Bordeaux starlet eventually ended up.
However, Malcom has hardly played since his arrival at Nou Camp, as Ernesto Valverde didn’t really want him there in the first place, and the Toffees felt this could be their chance to finally get their man, first ‘contacting his entourage’, according to Marca.
Unfortunately, that didn’t go to plan, as despite his lack of minutes, the winger explained he wasn’t quite ready to give up on his time in Barcelona, rather preferring to see out the year instead of leaving midway through the campaign.
Should his situation not evolve over the coming months, then a summer move could be on the cards.
No January exit for Malcom, then.