Everton supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team move up to sixth place in the Premier League table at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their clash with lowly Cardiff City off the back of drawing 0-0 with in-form Chelsea in their previous league encounter, and thus full of confidence ahead of the visit of Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds. And while it was far from plain sailing for the Toffees, they got the job done courtesy of a Gylfi Sigurdsson strike just after half time, sealing a 1-0 win which moved them up to sixth place in the table.
As such, there have been many thrilled Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are hoping for even better from their side as the season wears on given the summer signings are beginning to have an even greater impact on their team.
And one of those additions making huge strides is left back Lucas Digne, who director of football Marcel Brands convinced of a move to Goodison Park during the summer for just £18.18 million (as per Transfermarkt).
And given the France international has disposed Leighton Baines of the number one left back spot, which itself is no mean feat, it’s pretty clear that the 25-year-old is already proving to be something of a Brands masterstroke.
Ultimately, the time was coming for the Toffees to think about landing a long-term replacement for Englishman Baines, what with the defender to turn 34 next month, and no obvious candidate already at the club to come in and replace him.
And the Merseysiders took something of a risk by luring Barcelona’s Digne to Goodison Park during the close season, what with he never having played in the Premier League before – yet early indications suggest that they have pulled off quite the coup.
And that’s because the 25-year-old has been excellent down the left-hand-side in Silva’s team, starting each of their last ten Premier League matches, in which time he has helped the Toffees to five wins and indeed four clean sheets.
Yes, there were some initial question marks about his defensive capabilities, but it’s clear that he has improved, as have the rest of the Everton backline, that facet of his game in recent weeks, while his attacking pedigree is not in doubt given he laid on an assist on his first league start for the club in their 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.
Thus, it appears as though Digne is everything that Baines was as a left back – he has a deadly left foot which is sure to cause further havoc in the opposition’s final third, while he has the dynamism to get up and down the flanks and affect things in both boxes.
And in a summer of big spending from the Everton hierarchy, in what was Brands’ first transfer window at the club, there is little doubting that Digne is already proving to be a masterstroke from the Dutchman.
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