Last summer was always going to be a busy one for Everton .

The fallout from the summer transfer window of 2017 had left the club struggling through last season and eventually cost the two men in charge at the time, Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh, their jobs.

Marco Silva and Marcel Brands were the men given the task of overhauling the Blues squad.

Everton eventually signed six players in what was a hectic transfer window which saw a large number leave Goodison Park, both permanently and on loan.

But, there were many players the Blues were linked with that didn’t make the move to Merseyside – how are they faring?

The Liverpool Echo took a look at four of the main transfer links of the summer and revealed the varying degree of success they have all been enjoying so far this term.

Hirving Lozano

Hirving Lozano of Mexico is challenged by Joshua Kimmich of Germany
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It’s clear to see why there’s so much excitement around Hirving Lozano.

Right from the start of the transfer window there was an acceptance that Everton were desperately lacking pace and skill across the pitch, but especially needed an injection of both in the final third.

Richarlison was the man eventually chosen to fill that gap, and Blues supporters won’t be questioning that decision at all now.

But, at one point, it looked like Lozano might be the man.

The arrival of Marcel Brands from PSV sparked rumour that the winger could be on Everton’s radar, with the Mexico international’s name even being expressly mentioned in the director of football’s first Blues press conference alongside Marco Silva.

A fantastic World Cup followed, along with the inevitable reports of some of the biggest clubs in Europe registering their interest in the star.

And his good form certainly hasn’t stopped so far this campaign, netting seven goals and claiming one assist in his eight league games.

That has propelled PSV to top of the Eredivisie table, already five points clear of nearest challengers Ajax and seven ahead of Feyenoord in third place.

The links to other clubs continue to crop up, with Barcelona and Spurs the latest to reportedly hold an interest, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the 23-year-old.

Kieran Tierney

Kieran Tierney of Celtic
Kieran Tierney of Celtic
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Just like on the wing, very early on it was identified that left-back was an area Everton desperately needed to improve.

Leighton Baines has been a mainstay in the starting lineup for a number of years, but has had little in terms of real competition to contend with for some time.

One of the options Silva and Brands explored to solve that issue was Celtic left back Kieran Tierney, who was certainly an exciting prospect.

The price quoted by the Scottish Premier League side was eventually too high and Everton walked away from any potential negotiations, looking alternatively at Lucas Digne.

Again, Evertonians won’t be arguing with how things turned out.

However, unlike Lozano, things have been a little more tricky for Tierney and Celtic since the summer.

The 21-year-old has played mainly in his traditional left-back role, but has also lined up twice in left midfield as the Scottish Premier League champions have struggled to find an early rhythm.

Brendan Rodgers ’ side were knocked out of Champions League qualifying by AEK Athens and are in the Europa League group stages, but find themselves third in the SPL.

Tierney has continued to be a mainstay of the side, however, bagging two assists in his 19 appearances in all competitions already this term.

Any potential rumours of a move, however, seem to have now died down.

Malcom

Everton were never interested in Malcom, but that didn’t stop a lot of rumours spreading during one stage of the transfer window in particular.

As the Blues were still looking for a solution to their problems a few names were thrown up, with the then-Bordeaux star’s name thrown up by some.

As already mentioned there was no interest from Everton, however, and what followed was one of the most strange transfer sagas throughout the whole summer.

Roma announced that they had agreed a deal with Bordeaux to bring the Brazilian international to Serie A, and supporters even were waiting at the airport for his arrival.

However, a day later, the 21-year-old signed for Barcelona – who had jumped the queue and struck their own deal for the player, with Roma sporting director Monchi claiming that his side could consider legal action.

Malcom picked up a lot of game-time in pre-season for the Catalan giants, even ironically scoring his first goal for the club in a match against Roma.

However, it’s not worked out quite so sweetly in terms of league form thus far.

The Brazilian international has only managed 25 minutes of action so far as Ernesto Valverde’s side have struggled to hit the ground running at the start of this term, winning just four of their eight matches but still sitting in second place.

Clément Lenglet

Sticking with Barcelona for the moment, we come to a centre back they signed in the summer – which, of course, eventually opened the door for Yerry Mina to come to Everton.

Again Lenglet was a potential Blues move which drew a lot of rumours throughout the transfer window, but not much more than that.

Barcelona eventually triggered the €35m release clause in the then-Sevilla star’s contract to bring the French international to the Nou Camp, but again things haven’t worked out quite as they might have imagined.

Lenglet played the full 90 minutes of the Supercopa de España win over his former club Sevilla, but in his subsequent La Liga debut he was sent off for a collision with Girona midfielder Pere Pons.

The defender has, however, made six appearances in all competitions for the Catalan giants – and the stats from his two starts in the league and one in the Champions League look fairly impressive.

The defender averages two tackles per match with an incredible 93.1% passing accuracy, perhaps showing that he’s fitting in to his new surroundings well.

Meanwhile, we’ll have to wait and see how well Mina settles into his new role at Goodison Park.

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