River Plate teenager trains with Everton

06/08/2015  35 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton are trialling Tomas Andrade at Finch Farm ahead of a potential loan move to the club's Under-21s setup.

Roberto Martinez made the announcement today that Andrade, who has been likened to Argentine star Juan Roman Riquelme and played against the Blues during the Dallas Cup earlier this year, has been invited to the club's Academy to work with David Unsworth and his side with a view to joining permanently.

"Tomas has got that raw natural talent to use in attacking play," the manager said. "He is left-footed and can play in between the lines. He has a very interesting profile.

He will need that adaptation period because he is very young and would fit in very well with our development squad.

We will try to do a deal where we can get him on loan, with a clear plan to develop Tomas and fulfil his potential.

Quotes sourced from Everton FC.com


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Karl Jones
1 Posted 06/08/2015 at 11:55:17
Just heard we are signing the new "Riquelme". Tomas Andrade from River Plate. (They're never as good as who they are compared to.) 19-year-old CMF with a view to permanent signing. It's a start, I suppose.
Sam Hoare
2 Posted 06/08/2015 at 11:58:41
Andrade is a very good prospect by all accounts. More Henen than Shaqiri but here's hoping he makes a good impression. Will be in the U21s though this season if he comes...
Ian Cowhig
3 Posted 06/08/2015 at 12:26:38
Anyone know anything about Andrade. Sky, and the Echo, are saying that he is all but signed.
Ajay Gopal
4 Posted 06/08/2015 at 13:22:59
Quoted from Sky Sports:

"Everton are close to signing highly rated River Plate midfielder Tomas Andrade, who has been training with the Blues.

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton are interested in making a permanent play for the player.

"Tomas is a very talented young man," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

"He has raw, natural talent to use in the attacking play. He can play between the lines, he is left-footed, heÂ’s has a very, very interesting profile."

Ajay Gopal
5 Posted 06/08/2015 at 13:24:04
Breaking on SkySports ....
Brent Stephens
6 Posted 06/08/2015 at 13:38:22
For U21s, Ajay.
Marc Sansum
7 Posted 06/08/2015 at 13:39:05
Now being linked to a young Argentinian on Sky.......

EVERTON WANT WHIZZKID

Everton are close to signing highly rated River Plate midfielder Tomas Andrade, who has been training with the Blues.

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton are interested in making a permanent play for the player.

"Tomas is a very talented young man," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

"He has raw, natural talent to use in the attacking play. He can play between the lines, he is left-footed, he's has a very, very interesting profile."

Dave Pritchard
8 Posted 06/08/2015 at 13:49:39
I hope that this young lad isn't one of the 'Roberto 3' that he has referred to this morning. We need 3 first team players -- not U21s.
Dom Scott
9 Posted 06/08/2015 at 14:23:20
This youngster was linked to us in the filthy red top today according to Sky Sports Transfer Centre (see 10:16am). His facebook page says he's in Allerton:

https://www.facebook.com/TomyAndrade

Denis Richardson
10 Posted 06/08/2015 at 14:26:24
19 year old argentinian....can we even get a WP?
Winston Williamson
11 Posted 06/08/2015 at 14:27:16
Depends if he has a EU-duel passport Denis.
Jim Bennings
12 Posted 06/08/2015 at 14:42:13
Good point regarding the work permit Denis, wasn't there a problem regarding a work permit years ago for fellow Argentinian Ever Banega?

We still need three players to automatically challenge for a first team place right at this moment.

Denis Richardson
13 Posted 06/08/2015 at 14:49:57
Too true Winston, it's amazing how many Argentinians, Brazilians and other S.American players seem to have an Italian/Portuguese/Spanish passport tucked away somewhere.

No doubt he has one too.

Daniel Lawrence
14 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:00:04
Why do we need to see if we can get him on loan? Any chance of just paying the peanuts it would cost and take the risk of actually signing someone..?
John Crook
15 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:01:09
I wonder how many times 'ToffeeWebers' will have this guy in their starting XI's or as an impact sub in their team selections over the course of the forthcoming season. Never failed to amaze me the amount of times I saw the name of the now Oldham Athletic midfielder maestro George Green on desired squad selections.
Chris Williamson
16 Posted 06/08/2015 at 15:03:15
Is this with a view to buy? If not... then why are we training and developing other teams' youngsters?
Colin Glassar
18 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:08:23
Now this is exactly the type of young south American player we need. For too many years we've picked up poor south American players from poor European teams e.g Anderson Silva.

It's about time we go to the core and get them before the likes of Benfica, Porto or Atletico Madrid. For years they've been getting the best young talents on the cheap and then selling them on for a fortune. Good news if it happens.

Gavin Johnson
19 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:18:47
Sounds like it will be a loan with the option to buy. The Sun reckon he'll cost ٟ.5m
Dominic Tonge
20 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:21:40
Hey Colin, didn't we get the legend that was Mark Pembridge from Benfica?
Colin Glassar
21 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:30:04
A bit risky this. You bring over a young lad (who's already suffered homesickness before), put him a strange environment and expect to him to perform like an organ grinders monkey from day one?

I suppose he will be given a bit of time to adapt and show his wares. I hope so because he's a talented lad.

Ajay Gopal
22 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:45:49
Hope Martinez has unearthed a gem here. By the way, did we sign Henen or not? That one seems to be an unending drama.
Stale Haverstadlokken
23 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:30:06
#19 He was homesick but he was only 10 then when he was at Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Steve Jenkins
24 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:03:33
Far more of this is what we want. Getting these players when their young and for pittance.

It's a start! Would like to see some more of these signings before the window closes as well as the obviously needed 1st team strengthening.

Ajay - yes Henen signed permenantly earlier in the summer.

Agree with Colin, we need to be targeting these youngsters in S AmeRica etc when you can get them for peanuts.

This lad actually scored against our youth in for River Plate. Dowell also scored a fantastic goal for us in that game.

Colin Glassar
25 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:12:06
Steve, the likes of Di Maria, Aguero, David Luiz (I know, he's crap) even Maradona were all brought over to Europe, as young boys, on the cheap and were sold on for massive profit. This is where we need to be looking for the next superstar.
Steve Jenkins
26 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:20:12
Colin, 100% agree mate, hopefully a sign of things to come!

With our lack of funds, it's the strategy we need to be employing.

Mike Childs
27 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:45:30
Any kind of forward thinking strategy is a welcome site. Enough with EPL retreads just because they have experience.
Chris Williamson
28 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:07:45
Geesh! You fellows are talking as if we have signed the next Messi! He's on TRIAL for a LOAN, it says here. Only exciting news if we loan him with an option to buy. Does anyone know if this is an option?
Ant Dwyer
29 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:45:58
Young, exciting south American signs for Everton, this can not be correct. From what I have read he was the player of the tournament in a competition involving some of Europe's top teams at under 17 level.

This should be a blue print for us and a passageway to move us forward.

If work permits are a problem, solve it. Teams in lesser leagues with less in terms of finance would happily develop these talents for us.

Chelsea have Dutch club and united have a Belgian club. Why can't we have a Greek club like Olympiacus whom we have some sort of relationship with, hence the Henen deal.

Were there's a will there's a way, and we're there's the offer of top quality players for no charge there will always be a way.

We foot the bill, Olympiacoe gain a player or two for a period of time, and we get a work permit. Everybody's happy.

Steve Ferns
30 Posted 07/08/2015 at 02:09:15
Just seen the echo saying we're about to get Andrade on loan from River plate. Now If he is even half the player he becomes on Football Manager... !

Nethertheless, one of the most highly rated teenagers in South America right now. He's said by the Echo to be a left sided player, but he's more of a Number 10 to me. Maybe he's turning into a Pienaar.

Can't see him playing much before Christmas, but if we can get him settled and coax some of that potential out, well this could be the signing of the season.

Steve Ferns
31 Posted 07/08/2015 at 02:24:14
This lad is Argentina's best of his age, and was touted as the next Messi. It's been a bit quiet since, but he's 19 and full of potential. Why can't he break through to the first XI this season and what's wrong with a loan with a view to buy?
Mike Allison
32 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:44:08
He plays "in between the lines", Martinez's favourite position.
Colin Glassar
33 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:19:15
Chris, I doubt he's the next anybody but, he could become the first Andrade.
Steve Jenkins
35 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:56:47
Chris - I'm pretty sure it will be a loan with option buy, just like otherwise it makes no sense. I'm pretty sure I read this was the case somewhere yesterday.

Nobody could understand the Henen deal initially but it makes sense now.

Ant -- I read yesterday that he won Player of the Tournament in the U17 World Cup, whether this is correct I have no idea.

He looks a player on YouTube, clearly has skill & talent. I appreciate a YouTube clip is a YouTube clip.

Can somebody please tell me wtf is "playing between the lines"? I think I know but am not certain.

William Cartwright
36 Posted 07/08/2015 at 18:15:31

Colin, he might not be so homesick with Uncle Pato around . . . . . . !
Steve Ferns
37 Posted 07/08/2015 at 19:41:35
Yes. He did win the player of the tournament at the U17 World Cup and has been touted as a massive star ever since. However, I've hardly heard of him since, which usually indicates slow progress or bad progress.

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