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Imam Jagne 68

Swedish protégé Imam Jagne was one of the first young players to be snapped up by Everton after their ban on such youth transfers expired in 2020.   After starting life in The Gambia, his family moved to Sweden when he was 5.

Everton completed a £1.3M deal with BK Häcken for the talented teenager.  He signed a 3-year contract and would be eligible to play once his minor application was approved. Described as a "superkid" who can operate across midfield, 17-year-old Jagne went straight into David Unsworth's Under-23s side.

“Here at Everton, the environment is so good. They have let me know, if I need anything, they are absolutely there for me.

“With how they’ve looked after me, the Club has made my family comfortable back home. It is such a caring club, with very humble people.

"I do everything for my family. And if they are comfortable, then I am happy.”

Speaking about the academy’s coaching staff, he said: “I feel like the coaches believe in me so much. Unsy, Franny and John are brilliant. If there is anything I don’t understand, I know I can go to them directly and ask them.

“I just want to learn as much as I can from them and my teammates. I am more than convinced I made the right decision to come to Everton.”

Indeed early on, David Unsworth was full of expectation for him:

"I'd seen enough to form an opinion of him but obviously the recruitment department doing the bulk of the work. He's a great guy.

"He's a great learner. He's very coachable and I'm looking forward to working with him for the next couple of years."

"I'd say when he develops and matures he will be more of a box-to-box midfielder. He's got great energy and you don't want to bog him down into a holding midfield role.

"I think he can play in all of the midfield roles centrally; in a two, he can hold, and he can play wide of the three. There's loads and loads of development in there and he's certainly one for the future."

But things did not develop along the expected upward trajectory – far from it as he was sitting on the subs bench and unable to impress at all in short stints at the end of games.

Far worse was to follow as he was dropped entirely from the U23 squad and put back down amongst his contemporaries in the U18 squad at the turn of the year, raising serious questions about Everton's scouting acumen and the validity of that "superkid" tag, with Transfermarkt valuing him at only £90,000.    

After getting 5 starts at that level, but only completing one game without being substituted, he was further relegated to the U18s subs bench for a spell in what turned out to be quite a traumatic first season with the Everton Academy.

At least he got to play more games in his second season, but they would all be at U18 level, with no risk taken to try him again in the U23s.


Squad number 68
Position Midfielder
Nationality Sweden & Gambia
Born Banjul
Date of birth 4 October 2003
Height 6'-_"  (1.__ m)
Joined 1 October 2020
Joined from BK Häcken
Signed under Carlo Ancelotti
Transfer fee £1.3M
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2023
Debut For U23s only
Previous Clubs BK Häcken
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2021-22 68 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2020-21 68 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
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U23 Career

Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
2021-22 Under-23s 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2020-21 Under-23s 1 (5) 0 0 (0) 0

U18 Career

Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
2021-22 Under-18s 11 (7) 0 1 (2) 0
2020-21 Under-18s  11 (4) 0 0 (0) 0


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