Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Everton Eyeing A Move For 26 Y/O Bundesliga Defender: Right Man For Allardyce’s Plan?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

German news outlet, BILD has reported that Everton are interested in Hoffenheim defender, Kevin Vogt. The 26-year-old is one of the best defenders for the German outfit and has been impressive this season with 26 all around appearances.

Vogt started playing football at just 3 years old with his local club in Bochum. He earned himself a place in the VfL Bochum where he played his first Bundesliga game on April 18, 2009, against Borussia Dortmund. But the club could not sustain a season in top-flight football, and Vogt was transferred to FC Augsburg and then later to FC Koln. He has been capped at Germany U18 to U21 sides 17 times in total.

The 26-year-old’s talent came under the radar of Premier League sides after his impressive display against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers. Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall, Vogt is a brilliant defensive presence in the Hoffenheim backline. His pace is quite uncharacteristic for a centre-half which has allowed to play as a midfielder and a fullback.

He is the captain of Die Kraichgauer squad and is pushing for a place in the European stage qualification spot. However, the club might have to part ways with him if an agreeable bid does come from an ambitious side like Everton.

Everton have invested heavily in the summer transfer window and with the 9th rank after 24 games in the Premier League, some of the transfers might not have worked out as expected.

The immersion of young talent has paid off for Sam Allardyce but it looks like the upward trajectory towards a strong season finish has hit a rough patch. The Toffees are on a 6-game winless run and are very close to undoing all the good they have done over the past couple of months.

Phil Jagielka is facing the final stages of his illustrious career and Ashley Williams has been less than impressive for the Toffees over the past couple of seasons. The former Swansea defender has failed to uphold his own standards at the backline. Often failing to read the game early and lunging into badly timed tackles has made him easier to beat and this is a concern for Sam Allardyce.

Now that the club is trying to make a push for a European spot with a fresh seed of investments, maybe Vogt can edge out a starting spot ahead of Michael Keane and Williams.

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