Jean-Philippe Gbamin signed for Everton from Bundesliga side FSV Mainz for an undisclosed fee in August 2019.
A problem with his quadriceps muscle spoiled Gbamin's first Goodison Park season.
He featured in both of his team's opening two Premier League games but was sidelined for the remainder of the campaign after suffering the injury in training.
Gbamin's hopes of featuring late in a season delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic were fatally harmed when he hurt his Achilles during rehabilitation.
The player came back as a substitute in a game against Crystal Palace in April 2021 but his second Everton season was prematurely ended by a contact knee injury.
In 2021/22, Gbamin regained full fitness, making five appearances in all competitions for the Blues. He joined CSKA Moscow on loan for the remainder of the season in February 2022 and scored two goals and provided two assists in 13 games in Russia.
An athletic, skilful central midfielder, Gbamin is an Ivory Coast international and represented his country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
He had previously played for France at age-group level, featuring for every Les Bleus team from Under-17 to Under-21.
Gbamin made a total 95 appearances for Mainz, having joined the club from French team RC Lens in 2016.
Born in San Pèdro, Ivory Coast, Gbamin moved to northern France as a young boy.
After shining for youth teams Aire-sur-la-Lys and US Saint-Quentin Blessy, his talents were spotted by local professional club Lens and he joined the former Ligue 1 champions in 2007.
After honing his skills at the Lens Academy, Gbamin made his professional debut in May 2013 at just 17 years old.
The 2013/14 campaign would see Gbamin establish himself in the Lens first-team, playing 35 matches as his team were promoted from Ligue 2 to the top-flight. He also headed home an extra-time winner as his team shocked Ligue 1 high-flyers Lyon in the French Cup.
Gbamin’s energy, aggression and intelligent positioning saw him emerge as a key figure for Lens and, by the age of 20, he had racked up 98 senior appearances.
The player moved to German club Mainz in 2016 and swiftly adapted to Bundesliga football, winning acclaim for his authoritative midfield displays.
Gbamin would be a near ever-present for Mainz over his three seasons at the club, with his status in the team underlined when manager Sandro Schwarz handed him the captain’s armband for their Bundesliga clash with Hanover in April 2019.
After considerable success with France at age-group level – he was part of the nation’s Under-19 side that reached the final of UEFA EURO 2013 – Gbamin switched international allegiance to the country of his birth in 2017.
He made his debut for Ivory Coast in a friendly against the Netherlands in June of that year.
Contracted until: June 2024.