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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 when Digne signed a five-year deal after a fee, reported to be worth £18m with £2m in appearance-related add-ons, was agreed with the Spanish giants. 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 5-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.

Digne was unable to scale the same heights in his second season, though, with the Everton team as a whole struggling as Silva's tenure spiralled out of control, ending with the Portuguese's sacking in December 2019. The defender succumbed to injury around the same time and was deputised by the soon-to-retire Baines but he returned once Carlo Ancelotti had assumed the helm ready to rebuild the Blues' prospects under new management.

Lucas Digne's presence was a major factor in the fantastic start the Blues made to the 2020-21 season, with James Rodriguez happily swinging brilliant cross-field passes for him to fire in for Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin. But one of those flash-point incidents happened at Southampton after Walker-Peters stole the ball off him.  Digne kicked out, failed to stop the Southamton player running off with the ball, and then set off in close pursuit, treading Inadvertently on the back of his calf and ankle. The referee showed Digne a straight red card that Ancelotti called 'a joke'; Everton appealed the automatic 3-match ban and got it reduced to one.

Digne was getting back into the grove after a blip in November 2020 preceeded Richarlison's return from his own 3-match ban when he suffered a huge blow, sustaining ligament damage to his ankle that would require surgery and put him out of the side for at least 3 months. 

He would later explain that, in addition to torn ligaments, his ankle was broken in a bad tackle he suffered in training at Finch Farm. In a video posted to social media, the Frenchman described the incident and his recovery as he closed in on a return to action in the early weeks of 2021.

 “I got tackled from behind [and], unfortunately, my ankle didn't hold out,” he explained. “The ligaments [tore and] the ankle broke in two spots. Then, to recover, I've got two physio sessions a day with my personal physio.

“It's all part of the life of a football player. It's less than nice not being on the pitch but it's good to work hard and be back stronger.”

But his recovery was remarkably quick and he was back in action in January 2021 having missed only eight games, and he played in all the rest that season, earning him a place on the French squad for Euro 2020. He played against Hungary but his second appearance lasted all of 5 minutes after the full-back was forced off against Portugal with an injury to his quadracep muscle.



Squad number 12
Position Left Back
Nationality France
Born Meaux
Date of birth 20 July 1993
Height 5'-10" (1.78 m)
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)
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2021-22 12 5 (0) 0 1 (1) 1 6 (1) 1
2020-21 12 30 (0) 0 5 (1) 0 35 (1) 0
2019-20 12 35 (0) 0 4 (0) 1 39 (0) 1
2018-19 12 33 (2) 4 2 (0) 0 35 (2) 4
  Totals 103 (2) 4 12 (2) 2 115 (4) 6

Previous Career

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


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