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Everton close in on another Charlton prospect

| Thursday, 11 January 2018 47comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are set to sign defender Ezri Konsa from Charlton Athletic according to a report from the Capital.

The South London Press claim that the Blues will pay £4m for the 20-year-old this month, one year after snapping up Ademola Lookman from the Addicks for £10m.

The Newham-born centre half has been a regular in Charlton's first team over the past season and a half and was capped at England U20 level last year, making his debut in the U20 World Cup semi-final win over Italy.

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Paul Kossoff
1 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:05:26
Snapping up Lookman? I doubt they will be snapping our hands off to buy him.
Peter Lee
2 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:11:37
In all the reports about buying defenders, the first thing I look for is if he is left-footed. If he isn't, then we don't need him unless he is Brian Labone, Dave Watson, David Mountfield, Alan Stubbs, etc.
Brian Williams
3 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:12:19
Paul. We snapped up Lookman.

Derek Mountfield!

Steve Ferns
4 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:18:35
So is he left-footed? Also, does that matter? Holgate is comfortable using his left and playing on the left, or so we are led to believe. He doesn't look as two-footed as is made out.
Paul Kossoff
5 Posted 11/01/2018 at 18:35:01
Brian, yes great player, but few and far between for us. We don't need "prospects" – we need Premier League ready.

How many games has Lookman played and or done well in? We are supposedly losing a few first teamers soon, they need replacing, and not with prospects.

Pull your finger out, Walsh!

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:02:38
Doing well bringing kids through Charlton, so this will do for me. South London is one rough manner, so the kids are hungry and this is what every team that is striving to reach better heights needs. Hunger is a must; in this era, one month's wage will feed a family for ten years!
Richard Reeves
7 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:14:39
Lookman will be a decent player if he is given more time on the field. There are plenty of other players who retain their place when they play shit but, for some reason, Lookman gets hardly any time.

We need to develop and bring more exciting young players like Lookman into the team; we've got enough slow, stiff-legged late 20-
to 30-year-olds.

Tony Graham
8 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:18:08
Is he first team capable now?

That's what we need...

Brent Stephens
9 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:25:42
Maybe not the finished product yet but Lookman excites me probably as much as anybody else at the moment. Fast feet.
Brian Williams
10 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:31:32
Maybe bringing in these "prospects" is an indication that we do have a forward plan. Some of these young lads will be maturing nicely by the time we're playing at Bramley-Moore Dock so maybe this is a way of having a team worthy of playing there while being unable to go toe to toe financially with the big boys.
Sam Hoare
11 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:48:00
I would have thought we have enough young centre-back prospects with Holgate and the likes of Browning, Galloway, Pennington plus Feeney and Foulds.

Konsa is quick and strong from what I've seen, not the tallest but decent in the air. A ball player rather than the old school variety. Has played right-back and even central defensive midfield at times. Could be the next Rio Ferdinand. Or could be the next Anton Ferdinand.

Jason Broome
12 Posted 11/01/2018 at 19:53:22
Heard the same arguments against us buying John Stones and Holgate. They haven't done too badly. We need to invest in our future.

Just because we are buying this kid doesn't mean that we aren't going to buy a senior defender.

Further, I recall that, when our title-winning team moved on, we had no decent youth to bring through, unlike Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool. We bought badly and collapsed in the middle like a poorly made cake.

Bring him in and let's hope he is more John Stones and less Matt Jackson.

Jon Withey
13 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:19:02
Not expecting to see much more of Galloway, Pennington or Browning – although you never know. Galloway was the biggest fall from grace – what a shame.

We aren't going to win anything this season, so not quite sure the point of filling the squad with expensive not-quites from other Premier League clubs – we don't need a big squad now.

Promising youngsters sound more worthwhile if they are available now for a reasonable price.

Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:24:35
I don't really understand People slagging Lookman? He maybe isn't ready to play every game, in fact I don't think he his, but the kid has got loads and loads of natural ability, and he will only learn the other side of the game by playing.

Two things stuck out to me last Friday night at Anfield: we were dominated in the air, and we never tried hard enough to get little Lookman into the game, when he had the other south London kid Gomez looking like a centre-half playing fullback?

What I'd give for a really top class midfielder general right now. I know they are a dying breed, but if we could find one, this team would improve beyond recognition.

Gaute Lie
15 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:26:12
What did happen to Galloway? I thought he did well when he played left-back, and now he does not get a game out on loan??

Frank Crewe
16 Posted 11/01/2018 at 20:55:51
Our record with youngsters, homegrown or bought in isn't good. If the player turns out to be not as good as we thought we are stuck with them on permaloan to lower division clubs. If they turn out to be great we don't get more than a season or two out of them before the moneybags clubs move in.

Stones and Lukaku are the most recent examples but it happened with Rooney, Jeffers, Rodwell, and now Barkley. If this lad turns into another Stones, he'll be gone before he turns 23.

Somebody said we need to invest in our future. Buying players like this is investing in another club's future. We do all the development and they get the complete player. Time we reversed this trend and started buying players some other club developed and we get their best years instead of them.

Bob Parrington
17 Posted 11/01/2018 at 23:16:13
Tony (#14). Agree with you about Lookman. He has great skills and always looks hungry to take opposing players on. This is something that has been missing in the team for too long. Good to see Bolasie adding this dimension, too!

Frank #16. While we're taking the longer term view of bringing the club back in to the realms of the top 6, if we buy a player at, say, £4 mil and sell him a few years later for £25 mil, this appears to be pretty good business. The secret is to strategise properly so we don't leave gaping holes in the squad, IMO.

Martin Reppion
18 Posted 11/01/2018 at 23:40:33
Jason (#12). What was wrong with Matt Jackson? The last right back we had who won a trophy with us. Always gave 100%. (Despite his manager preferring Earl Barrett for the league games which we did badly in). I remember him as a good professional who never let us down.
Frank Crewe
19 Posted 11/01/2018 at 23:41:09
Bob (#17).

Well, it's certainly good business for the club. But just look at the moaning when Stones finally went. Then Lukaku. Fans would sooner have the players than the money. Buy low sell high doesn't improve Everton's prospects of being a successful club.

The reason we wanted someone like Moshiri as owner was so that we wouldn't have to be buying low and selling high. It was so that we would not have to be selling at all.

John Dean
20 Posted 11/01/2018 at 23:58:49
Lookman will get better quicker if we have the courage to play him as Fergie did when Ronaldo wasn't worth the game time he consistently got.
Charlie Lloyd
21 Posted 12/01/2018 at 00:18:42
Players like Stones and Lukaku wanted to leave – it's that simple. In our current standing, outside the top 6, it's extremely difficult to retain these players who don't have any allegiance to the club. The alternative being to force them to stay and their contact runs down and we get a much lower fee like Barkley.

None of us like players moving on to sides above us; there's always a feeling that the club should have been able to resist offers and keep them but there is a business sense that has to be applied as well.

I actually thought we did well to get 㿛.5m for Stones 18 months ago. Just wish we had hung on to Lukaku till after the Neymar deal – I reckon we could have got over 𧴜m for Lukaku.

Fran Mitchell
22 Posted 12/01/2018 at 01:01:48
"Buy low, sell high" could well be the way forward for us. Like with Dortmund, Atlético, Mônaco.

The problem we have after selling Stones and Lukaku is we Sold high and spent woefully.

But young players for a few million seems a good move. Holgate certainly looks a real prospect, imo. If one or two young defenders work out well, we won't have to play Keane ever again, which alone will improve us no end.

Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 12/01/2018 at 02:35:41
Bob (#17); "Great skills always looking to take opposing players on".

You see, Bob, you've omitted the sacrosanct tracking back and pressing. You'll never make management material, never mind the flash, Bob, get the KPI's.

Jay Harris
24 Posted 12/01/2018 at 02:37:28

Galloway did well when he had that run in the first team but, when he went back to the second string, he seemed to lose it. His concentration and confidence evaporated and on 2 loan spells now he has failed to raise the bar again.

Garbutt seems to have followed a similar path but his form was affected by injury so he may come good again.

Ty Browning seems to be the one that will make the breakthrough.

Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 12/01/2018 at 04:13:05
Jay #24, Garbutt's only significant injury was a fractured ankle ligament damage [Ed] in July 2015. He was back in the Fulham lineup in September. It was zero excuse for his season-long hideous form for Fulham, and for Wigan the following season. Personally I've never been the least bit impressed, but let's see if Sam finds a reason to get him onto the pitch.

John #20, I like Lookman very much, but mentioning him in the same sentence with Ronaldo is... well, let's just call it a stretch and leave it at that.

Kieran Fitzgerald
26 Posted 12/01/2018 at 06:41:36
Browning seems to be getting a lot of game time at Sunderland. They are also starting to pick up a bit of form under Chris Coleman. The season-long loan will be good for him. Whether there will be a place for him at Everton when he returns is another thing.
Roger Helm
27 Posted 12/01/2018 at 10:11:14
I wouldn't get too stressed about good players wanting to move to a bigger club. It's what they always do and always have done. It has happened to Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea and Liverpool and I'm sure it will happen to us again. It doesn't mean we are a “selling club” any more than those mentioned are.
Bob Parrington
28 Posted 12/01/2018 at 11:51:03
Frank (#19). I don't think we are too far apart on our thoughts. As I said, it all has to fit a strategy. By this, I mean the strategy has to look to continuous improvement in the squad. Sometime you have to take a step back to make 2 or 3 steps forward.
Les Martin
29 Posted 12/01/2018 at 13:23:08
Some of the young talent could be top players in the Premier League in a few years; all the current stars started somewhere and were not 㿞m players in their youth, people amazingly forget this.

Add to the fact that in 4 years we will be playing in a new stadium and having a totally transformed club and team can only be of benefit when trying to keep players.

Matthew Williams
30 Posted 12/01/2018 at 16:39:42
We need a left-footed centre-half badly, bid for Ben Mee of Burnley in the summer: good defender & will benefit & improve Keane also having his old mate next to him... hopefully for years to come.
Roy Steel
31 Posted 12/01/2018 at 17:31:25
Matthew (#30), I've been saying that for months on here about Ben Mee... I think we bought the wrong guy.

I don't think Keane is up to it. Maybe Ben can steady him up; if not, give him the heave.

Mike Allison
32 Posted 12/01/2018 at 18:27:54
Browning is getting game time at Sunderland, but he's actually turning 24 at the end of this season, so it looks more like the loan is to generate some interest and a transfer fee. Next season is certainly his last chance to ‘break through' at Everton. It's been an odd career so far.

Galloway seems to be a player who is better off at a higher level. He also seems to suffer from not quite being a full back and not quite a centre back. He looks like he'd suit playing on the left of a back three. I think this is actually similar to Holgate on the right as well, but I don't see us playing that formation next season.

Si Cooper
33 Posted 13/01/2018 at 01:44:58
Could Garbutt have been registered to play for the rest of the season by now or is it a case of submitting the squad in its entirety once the transfer window closes?
Si Cooper
34 Posted 13/01/2018 at 02:13:04
To answer my own question, Cenk Tosun has been registered to play so Luke Garbutt could have been (we have lost Barkley, Mirallas and Gethin Jones).

Can we therefore deduce that Luke Garbutt remains unwanted by the first team, and the only hope for him resides in the possibility that he may yet come into contention if the club fails to attract a better left-back in this transfer window?

Sam Hoare
35 Posted 13/01/2018 at 14:25:35
Dunno if this Konsa move is happening but one very good left-footed CB we should look at is Manuel Akanji of Basel, quick strong and has been excellent in CL this season. Dortmund are chasing him at around £15m apparently.

This is the sort of player I'd like our scouts to target, not untested as he's an international and has played in Europe but at 23 has his best years well ahead of him. More players in the 23-27 range who have already proven themselves capable.

Jay Wood

36 Posted 13/01/2018 at 14:42:36
Si, in an interview available on the club site, Sam said the club IS looking at Luke Garbutt and may possibly add him to the Premier League squad of 25 as is allowed in January.

Sam also specifically said the full backs positions is where we have very limited cover, especially with the injuries to Leighton and Seamus. You can hear that around 1:20 in on this video:


And I know it is only a very short video with very few glimpses of the players 'at it', but this video of the players in training this week does show Seamus moving quite well:


Hopefully, Seamus can get back into the match day squad before much longer and impress as much as Bolasie who has played well – and at speed – since returning from his own long term injury.

Eugene Kearney
37 Posted 14/01/2018 at 10:41:38
What is the point of signing another Charlton player? We don't start our first ex-Charlton player? He (the first one) would liven things up a bit.
Si Cooper
38 Posted 15/01/2018 at 00:44:39
Jay (#35), I think that video may be a few weeks old as the manager talks about assessing Garbutt in January as if it is in the future rather than currently.

He does say he would be registered in the squad at the end of the month but do we actually need to wait that long if we can register new players immediately?

Can't help feeling that, if he was good enough he would be registered by now and, if he is eventually registered, the search for someone better in the transfer window must have failed.

Phil Walling
39 Posted 15/01/2018 at 09:13:58
If Garbutt isn't better than Martina, he should be offed on a free !
Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 15/01/2018 at 09:23:47
Phil (39), Garbutt is slightly better than Martina, like most left backs/fullbacks I have ever seen.
John G Davies
41 Posted 15/01/2018 at 09:37:42
Garbutt better going forward than defending, Dave? Maybe Sam could coach him defensively into a better all-round full-back?
Clive Rogers
42 Posted 15/01/2018 at 13:13:50
Kenwright gave Garbutt a ridiculous five year deal. We are stuck with him until 2020. I am sure the club will have tried to offload him but it would appear nobody wants him.
Geoff Evans
43 Posted 15/01/2018 at 17:09:50
Does it fecking matter?
Geoff Evans
44 Posted 15/01/2018 at 19:49:54
Do yourself a favor young man and stay where you are.

Wait for a team with ambition to come in for you.

Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 15/01/2018 at 00:05:06
John G (41), yes, better going forward, he was good at dead ball situations, but he has had a couple of loan deals and one or two injuries in the last three or four years. He had great potential when Everton got him from Leeds Utd as a 17-year-old.

Everton really annoyed Leeds when we signed him for 𧾦k, I think this was set at a tribunal, Luke looked like he had a very good career ahead of him but seems to have lost his way.

Galloway seems to have gone back in the betting since his very encouraging start at Everton, I would be very surprised if either of them solved Everton's left-back problem.

Dale Rose
46 Posted 17/01/2018 at 13:03:24
I personally like Galloway, a hard gritty player. We should be getting him back into the team for the future. The problem with a lot of these young players is that they lack character and don't get stuck in. I know Martina is no kid, however he doesn't challenge for balls enough, I wouldn't say he was lazy, but he seems to be worried about getting a knock.

Garbutt's future is in his own hands, step up or step away.

Ed Prytherch
47 Posted 18/01/2018 at 02:42:13
For left-back, I hope that we are looking at Jamal Lewis from Norwich. He looks like he is a teenager and he has had two excellent games against Chelsea. He even scored a goal that Seamus would be proud of.

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