Everton podcaster Peter Mcpartland thinks that winger Bernard could be on his way out of the club.
The Brazilian hasn’t exactly set the world alight since his move to Goodison Park in 2018, only contributing eight goals and seven assists during that time span as well as missing action a few times with injuries.
And with Rafael Benitez recently appointed as the new boss, combined with the huge financial pressure that the club is under, this summer does present a good chance to totally rebuild the team.
And speaking on Toffee TV, Mcpartland believes that because of his high wages and slight physique, with Bernard both the smallest and lightest player at the club, that he just isn’t built to last in the Premier League, and if Everton get an offer for him this summer, they might consider accepting it and moving the 28-year-old on:
“He is one of the highest-paid players, so Everton – although he’s only got a year left – will be looking to obviously get rid of him as fast as possible. Because at the end of the day, I don’t think his stature fits in with the Premier League.
“He’s a good little player, but physically I just don’t think he can cope with the Premier League.
“So Everton will be hoping to do a deal for him. I’m sure if they can get £6m for him, something like that, I’m sure they’d let him go.”
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McPartland’s point is backed up by Spotrac who have Bernard’s weekly wages at £120,000 per week, the joint-most of any player in the Everton squad alongside Yerry Mina.
So whilst the fee, if it’s anything like the £6m that McPartland mentions, might not exactly be the highest out there, the money that they’d save on his wages could be spent on a transfer fee, or bringing in a high profile player on loan for a year, so it’s an option that probably should be explored.
Plus, based on his return up top, it’s not as if they’d really be missing out on much, so the chances are there might be some more suitable options out there for them to choose from.