Everton: Niels Nkounkou could be given chance to resurrect career
Niels Nkounkou could be given a chance to resurrect his career at Everton once his loan spell at Saint-Etienne ends.
The Lowdown: Loaned out
Nkounkou is currently on loan at Saint-Etienne in France, and has impressed in recent games.
In his last five matches in Ligue 2, he has scored one goal and made four assists from left-back, and also featured 18 times for Cardiff City in the Championship earlier in the season, producing one assist (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Caught the eye
As per Football Insider, Nkounkou is set to be given the chance to resurrect his career at Goodison Park this summer.
He has ‘caught the eye’ with recent performances, with Saint-Etienne tempted to trigger the buy option in his contract.
However, that fee is thought to be ‘relatively high’, and Sean Dyche could recall him back into the squad, with Ruben Vinagre set to leave after his loan spell.
The Verdict: Why not?
With Vinagre set to leave, a spot at left-back will open up in the squad for a player to compete with Vitaliy Mykolenko.
Hailed as a ‘magnificent find‘ by pundit and former left-back Stephen Warnock, Nkounkou has not always been given the chance to impress at the Toffees, with just seven first-team appearances made.
Still only 22 years of age, the Frenchman still has a lot of potential, and could flourish on Merseyside under a new manager in Dyche.