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Lucas Digne 12

Although Leighton Baines's understudy, Bryan Oviedo, was sold to Sunderland in January 2017, it wasn't until July the following year that Everton finally signed a viable replacement in the form of Lucas Digne.

In the interim, Baines suffered a calf strain that sidelined him for many weeks in the 2017-18 campaign and necessitated nominal right back Cuco Martina to deputise while the team struggled for results under three managers – Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce.

It was the Dutchman's permanent replacement, Marco Silva, backed by new Director of Football, Marcel Brands who finally addressed a glaring hole in the Toffees' squad.

Digne signed a five-year deal with the club after a fee, reported to be worth £18m with £2m in appearance-related add-ons, was agreed with the Spanish club. He took the number 12 shirt vacated by Aaron Lennon the previous season.

A one-time team-mate of Idrissa Gueye at Lille where he began his career, Digne was signed by Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. He played 29 times for them over the next two seasons before being loaned to Roma for a season where he attracted the attention of Barcelona. The Blaugrana acquired him in a £13.8 million deal in 2016 whereupon Digne signed a five-year contract and made another 29 appearances over the following couple of years.

Capped 21 times by his country, he was on the standby list for France's ultimately victorious 2018 World Cup squad prior to his move to Goodison Park where his form in his first season in the Premier League would earn him a recall to his country's first team.

Fulfilling the brief of replacing Leighton Baines to a tee, Digne weighed in with four goals, two of them from spectacular free-kicks, and would finish the season as the top flight's top crosser in 2018-19.  

He was named Everton Supporters' Club Player of the Season as well as the club's official Player of the Year for that season and was also awarded joint Player's Player of the Year alongside Idrissa Gueye.

FactFile

Squad number 12
Position Left Back
Nationality France
Born Meaux
Date of birth 20 July 1993
Height 5'-10"
Joined 1 August 2018
Joined from Barcelona
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee £18m (rising to £20m)
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2023
Debut as sub v Wolves (a)
11 August 2018
Full debut v Rotherham (h)
28 August 2018
Previous Clubs Lille
Paris St Germain
Roma (loan)
Barcelona
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2018-19 12 33 (2) 4 2 (0) 0 35 (2) 4
  Totals 33 (2) 4 2 (0) 0 35 (2) 4


Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2011-13 Lille 44 (5) 4 (1) 3 0
2013-16 Paris St Germain 29 (1) 4 (1) 0 0
2015-16 Roma (loan) 32 (1) 8 (1) 2 0
2016-18 Barcelona 22 (7) 13 (4) 0 2



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