Jasper Cillessen has lifted five trophies in three seasons at Barcelona. But that doesn’t mean he feels like a winner.
It’s not easy being a back-up goalkeeper at one of Europe’s biggest clubs and Cillessen knows that better than most. The firmly established Dutch number one has unfortunately found himself sharing a dressing room with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; arguably the best shot-stopper in the world over the last 12 months.
As a result, Cillessen has been restricted to just five La Liga appearances in three years and a total of three in the Champions League.
Even the excitement of an annual trophy celebration wears thin when you’ve spent most of the season warming the bench and playing away at third tier sides in a midweek Copa del Rey dead-rubber.
No wonder Cillessen, who is approaching his peak at the age of 30, is desperate to leave the Camp Nou.
But following Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina to Everton, as reported by Sport, will not necessarily improve things. In fact, it could leave the £18 million-rated Cillessen in an almost identical situation - which is why this transfer rumour is more than likely a little wide of the mark.
Jordan Pickford isn’t going anywhere and, despite a shaky 2018/19, he remains The Toffees’ undisputed first choice. And he should return to Everton with his confident sky high after his starring role in another English penalty shootout success in the Nations League.
Suddenly, Cillessen would more than often find himself on the bench again with another year wasted. There is no European football at Everton next season, after all, potentially limiting the former Ajax ‘keeper to the odd EFL Cup and FA Cup run out.
So the likely situation is this; Cillessen isn't on his way to Merseyside and Everton don't want him anyway. This is a rumour that simply doesn't get off the ground for player or club.
Cillessen needs to play first-team football and, while there are a few positions Everton must strengthen, goalkeeper isn't one of them.
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