Jean-Philippe Gbamin signed for Everton from Bundesliga side FSV Mainz an undisclosed fee in August 2019.
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-17s to Under-21s.
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 Lens were promoted from Ligue 2 to the top-flight. He also memorably 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.
Gbamin 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 Hannover 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 the Ivory Coast in a friendly against the Netherlands in June that year.
Contracted until June 2024.