Braving the cold on Transfer Deadline Day at Everton’s Goodison Park

Damian Johnson at Goodison Park

You always know the Premier League football season is just about halfway through when the January transfer deadline day arrives. I was stationed at Everton this year, who pulled off some of the most interesting business of the transfer window and appointed a new manager as well.

England midfielder Dele Alli arrived on a free transfer from Tottenham hoping to revive a career that has stalled badly in recent years.

He was joined by Donny van de Beek on loan from Manchester United. Once one of the most highly rated youngsters in Europe during his time at Ajax, van de Beek is looking for regular football after largely being frozen out at Manchester United.

Welcoming a new manager

The unpopular choice of former Liverpool boss, Rafael Benitez, by Everton in the summer was doomed to failure when poor results came along. With Rafa departed, former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is the new man at the helm.

Exciting times could lie ahead for disgruntled Everton supporters, although you would hardly know it from the brooding skies over Goodison Park in the photo above – courtesy of my cameraman colleague Ben Gordon.

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