Everton sign young French striker for U23s

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017 33comments  |  Jump to most recent
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Everton have confirmed the acquisition of 19-year-old Boris Mathis who recently left from Metz in France as a free agent.

News that the striker was to sign for the Blues was leaked on Twitter last week but the club have now announced his capture after he put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

He came through Lyon's youth academy before joining Metz two years ago and he made his Ligue 1 debut earlier this year.

“I am very happy and honoured to sign for Everton,” he told evertonfc.com after the formalities of his move were completed. “It is a great club and I have always liked English football and the Premier League.

“I have followed Everton from France. The Club has some great players and I'm very excited to become part of it.

“My dream is to play for the first team here,” he added. “Ronald Koeman is a huge figure, not only as a coach now but his reputation as a player speaks for itself as well.

“I want to play in the Premier League for Everton.”

Mathis will be joined at Finch Farm by Norwegian prospect Einar Iversen who has signed up to Everton's Academy on a two-year contract from Stord.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder has had extensive trials at Everton's Halewood training facility since April and is viewed as an exciting addition to the U18s group.

"It is of course very exciting. I'm moving on Saturday. I have butterflies in my stomach," he is quoted as saying by TV2 in Norway.

"I'm dreaming about playing football and playing in a league like the Premier League. This is definitely a step in the right direction."


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Jason Broome
1 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:25:55
Never saw this coming. Great news.

Over the years our transfer policy has been akin to a game of soggy biscuit. Every year we're left sweating, panicking and taking scraps off the table. No bitter taste this year though.

Now the guaranteed resident biscuit muncher has flown out the gates early and we sit back with glee watching everybody else panic.

Come On You Blues.

Steve Ferns
2 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:26:32
Bonjour Boris.
Bienvenue á Everton.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:37:21
John, usually the joke involves some reference to a future at Brentford...
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 05/07/2017 at 15:53:07
I know nothing about this player and hope that somebody breaks through as a top striker but where are they all going to play? This bloke, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Tarashaj, Onyekeru, Henen, Rodrigues, Byrne and that's only strikers. Even Sandro is only 20.

That second season EPL2 title must take some winning.
Dermot Byrne
6 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:03:04
Blinked and missed this one
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:04:46
Alan J, all it takes is one...
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:14:04
Mike(#7); Very true but at the moment I even fear for Tom Davies.
Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:20:30
I can See what you mean Alan J, but Tom Davies, is one young kid, I wouldn't worry about.

Talent, energy, graft and skill, with a great desire to better himself. Infact when I stop and think about it, then this kid still excites me more than any of our summer signings!

John Otway
10 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:21:10
My God, the blue pencil's at work today!!
Peter Gorman
11 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:25:54
Ditto Tony, I still think the world is young Tom's lobster.

I don't think it is a coincidence Koeman played him in so many games, he is exactly the type of player he wants.

Brent Stephens
12 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:38:40
Well if Tom Davies is in trouble with all the signings, what does that say about the team we'll have.
Alan J Thompson
13 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:46:03
Tony(#9); I agree with your assessment of Tom Davies but I'd have thought that the first names Koeman will put on the team sheet would be Klaassen and Schneiderlin which would leave Davies, Gana, McCarthy, Barry, in that order, as the main contenders for the other two spots assuming Lookman, Besic (more a defender?) and Bolasie (when fit) are not considered midfield players.
Almost to the point that Barkley and Lukaku must go no matter how long the season. (With apologies for going off subject.)
Tom Bowers
14 Posted 05/07/2017 at 16:46:27
The competition for places is going to be tremendous if not already then certainly next season should all this young talent pan out along with the existing first team squad. Surely there will be some movement the other way soon.
Chris James
15 Posted 05/07/2017 at 17:21:59
And there was me thinking we were going to go a day without a new signing...
Mike Berry
16 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:03:54
We certainly seem to be snapping up a lot of young talent.
If a small percentage come through we will the envy of the "buy for instant success" brigade.
The futures bright and its Royal Blue
Chris Williams
17 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:16:31
I read that Henen and Tarashaj and one of the others were on their way this window.

If we have a good season this season, and maybe win a cup, and get a bit of a run in Europa we could be playing getting on for 60 games. Compared to, what, 41, last season.

A fair few younger players will be getting plenty of game time in that scenario.

Frank Wade
18 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:37:03
Alan 5, you can add Sambou and Donkor to your list.
William Cartwright
19 Posted 05/07/2017 at 18:39:57
Some interesting observations on this thread, especially some tongue in cheek dialogue about Tom Davies! Seriously, if any number of home grown players make it into the the first team / squad then great. However, if the management decide to usurp them by buying 'better quality players' then so be it. Law of the jungle, dog eat dog and all that. No room for sentiment.

Ultimately it is a matter of balance, judgement and managing the chemistry, as well as a large dose of luck regarding the run of the ball and injuries. . . . .

If Rooney joins us, as he probably will, then his is an unusual case. If he gets his fitness and quality back then he could play games on merit. If not all the time then when RK feels his contribution is worth it at that juncture. If he does not perform then he may have other aspects to be considered such as marketing or experience or a winning attitude to influence the performance of others. I personally would not follow up on Rooney because I think he may find he is off the pace and that could be painfully embarrassing, and costly, for all concerned. But hey, I'm no expert, its not my money and you never know it could be a master-stroke!

Back to the thread, and the subject of balance, the incoming youngsters are just as exciting as the first team additions and best wishes to them to them all.

Jim Knightley
21 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:05:22
We've signed one senior central midfield player this summer - It's hardly the end for Davies. I expect that McCarthy and Barry will be on their way out either this summer or next, and Besic is too injury prone to make the picture at the moment.
Derek Wadeson
22 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:14:36
Sounds like he has been signed to replace Calvert-Lewin in the Under-23s. Good move for both players if DCL can take advantage of his first team squad advancement.
Colin Glassar
23 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:16:08
I put a £1 accumulator on Everton winning all three cup competitions this season. I'm already planning on spending my £9.282.00. 🙂
Des Farren
24 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:33:34
Would have preferred his brother Johnny.
Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 05/07/2017 at 19:59:14
Des (#24),

I believe they inquired about him but pulled out when they realised he is eighty one.

Des Farren
26 Posted 05/07/2017 at 20:55:28
Not much older than the Yak, so, Dave?
Jim Knightley
27 Posted 05/07/2017 at 21:00:20
Those odds are amazing, Colin – who did you bet with?
Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 05/07/2017 at 21:11:30
I think Yak is a bit older, Des!!!
Chris Keher
30 Posted 05/07/2017 at 22:13:49
I thought Everton had been a bit quiet in the transfer front today.
Rob Dolby
31 Posted 05/07/2017 at 22:45:42
He must be the first Boris we have had.
Michael Penley
32 Posted 05/07/2017 at 23:07:59
Nice hair, at least.
Kieran Kinsella
34 Posted 05/07/2017 at 23:54:05

Tarashaj, Byrne, Henen and Rodriguez aren't any good so I don't seem them sticking around.

I assume the plan is to have Rooney and AN Other (maybe Giroud) as principal strikers this season with Sandro worked a la Hernandez back in the day at Man Utd. Over the next 24 months, we will phase out the two veteran strikers and hope that the Anderlecht loanee, Calvert-Lewin and Sambou are ready to assume their spots.

Sandro will either remain as some kind of super sub, bump one of them to the bench OR be cashed on in to fund the next overhaul which by then will probably be the full back positions.

Alan J Thompson
35 Posted 06/07/2017 at 06:17:36
We could end up with two internationals leaving having never kicked a ball for Everton in a competitive first team game, Shani Tarashaj and Gethin Jones.
Trevor McKinlay
36 Posted 06/07/2017 at 09:31:58
It would appear we're taking Anton Donkor for another 6 month loan/extended trial as well if this article (in German) is to be believed:


Patrick Fennell
37 Posted 07/07/2017 at 03:01:03
Happy with all the signings for the 1st team but nice to see all the young talent being signed as well. Looking to the future and not just the coming season.

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