A fresh insight into the chances of Everton’s supporters being afforded a first look at new signing Vitaliy Mykolenko against Brighton has been provided on Saturday.
Rafael Benitez’s men are of course set to return to action tomorrow afternoon.
As part of a busy day of football in the Premier League, the Toffees will welcome the aforementioned Brighton & Hove Albion to Goodison Park, eyeing a much-needed three points.
Though they have lost just one of the club’s last three league outings, Everton, all told, have managed just a solitary victory since late September.
Such a dismal stretch of form has seen the Blues slip to the depths of 15th in the English top-flight table, albeit in the knowledge that a rare three-point haul in their game in hand would guide them clear of the likes of Southampton and Brentford.
As such, it goes without saying that Benitez will, for obvious reasons, guide his side into Sunday’s action hopeful of having as many of his key performers as possible fit and ready to feature from the off.
One such player expected to play a starring role at Goodison Park over the seasons to come, however, will play no part versus Brighton, it has been confirmed.
The individual in question? Vitaliy Mykolenko.
On the back of weeks of rampant speculation, the arrival of left-back Mykolenko on the blue half of Merseyside was finally made official earlier today, swiftly following the opening of the January transfer window.
The 22-year-old is understood to have set those in a position of power at Everton back a considerable sum of around £17 million.
✍️ | We have signed Ukraine defender Vitaliy Mykolenko from @DynamoKyiv for an undisclosed fee on a deal until summer 2026.
Welcome, Vitaliy! 🇺🇦💙
— Everton (@Everton) January 1, 2022
The Toffees faithful, in turn, had already revealed their hope that, with Lucas Digne condemned to the stands of late, Mykolenko could even be afforded his Everton bow just over 24 hours on from being unveiled as the club’s latest signing.
This, however, will not be the case.
As confirmed by the reliable Alan Myers of Sky Sports, Mykolenko, in fact, is not yet eligible to take to the pitch for Rafael Benitez’s side.
Mykolenko not eligible to play tomorrow
— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) January 1, 2022
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|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City||9|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||8|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||8|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||8|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||7|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester City||7|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||7|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||7|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||7|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||6|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||6|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||6|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||6|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||5|
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|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||6|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester City||1||5|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||6|
|Skipp, Oliver||Tottenham Hotspur||0||6|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||5|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester City||0||5|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||0||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4|
|Canos, Sergi||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||5|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Manquillo, Javi||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||8|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||7|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester City||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester City||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||5|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||4|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester City||4|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||4|
|Benrahma, Said||West Ham United||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||4|
|Redmond, Nathan||Southampton FC||4|
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|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||3|