Thursday, June 30, 2022

Everton Interested In Signing 20 Y/O World Cup Winner: Do They Really Need Him?

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

Everton are looking to rival the interests of Liverpool for highly-rated Charlton Athletic defender, Ezra Konsa who is valued at £5m by the League One side. The Addicks have already agreed to sell the defender but are yet to receive a bid from either of the Premier League side.

Charlton have already sold Ademola Lookman to Everton in the past and are prepared to lose the services of Konsa as well by the end of January. A tough pill to swallow for a promotion chasing side ahead of the final stretch of the season.

Konsa has been capped at international level for the England U20 side four times and has won the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea. He is one of the brightest prospects in the country who deserves a call-up to the big leagues.

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 talents have paid off for Sam Allardyce but it looks like the upward trajectory towards a strong season finish have 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.

The squad has been bolstered offensively through the signings of Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun over the past couple of weeks and the Everton management should not shy away from the opportunity to sign the English shield. Shelling out the £5m transfer fee might pay dividends now that the gruelling second half of the season is already upon us.

Ashley Williams has struggled to replicate his terrific form from his Swansea days and is not the leader he was thought out to be for the Welsh side. His inconsistencies have allowed the Everton backline allow oppositions to break in with ease as seen in the 0-4 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last week.

Mason Holgate has been one of their best defensive players who often gets the nod ahead of Michael Keane in both the centre-back and the right-back roles. Clearly, Allardyce no longer depends solely on proven veterans to charge his teams out of relegation battles, and this should come as a promising sign for a youngster like Konsa.

The club does have resources to offload if not in the January window, definitely by the end of the season and that can pave the way for the signing of a promising young English defender to be a key figure in the club’s future.

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