The 25-year-old sealed a move worth £18m, with a potential £2m more due in add-ons, by signing a five-year contract with the Blues and Silva says he will add much-needed competition in the left-back spot where the club were left short last season when Leighton Baines suffered a medium-term injury.
“It is important to say that he is a player who, from the first moment he was contacted, showed enormous desire to play at Everton,” Silva said on evertontv of Digne whom Barcelona signed from PSG after he had impressed on loan with Roma.
“He is a high-quality player, aggressive, with good technical ability and in the past five seasons he has played two years at Paris St-Germain, one in Roma and for the past two seasons he has demonstrated his clear quality in Barcelona.
“Lucas is a player who will add competitiveness in a position where we only had Leighton Baines last season and he is accustomed to winning. This is his mentality having captured titles in his career and having these on his résumé.”
Digne, who admits that he was first contacted about move to Goodison two months ago, will wear the No.12 jersey and is in line to make his first appearance in royal blue when Everton take on Valencia in their final pre-season friendly this weekend.
For his part, the Frenchman said he was excited to be coming to the Premier League and that he can't wait to show Evertonians what he can do.
"I want to show my best football here and discover the best league in the world," he said. "Everybody loves the Premier League. I am loving the fact I am coming here.
“I am not afraid, I am excited. For me, it is a new challenge to discover a country, a league, people and a great club such as Everton. It is fabulous. "I had a great feeling with him when we spoke,” Digne said of Silva. “Immediately I said, ‘I want to come to Everton.'
“The Club has brought in a lot of players and we are building to bring some success in the Premier League.
“We will work together as a team to try to make this happen. That is what is important and I could not be more excited about this challenge.”
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1 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:02:13
2 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:05:01
3 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:16:59
4 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:17:56
Silva now needs to be tough; identify and disregard who he needs to (who we already knew), play the strongest 11 possible on the weekend and find some rhythm. Fingers crossed.
6 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:30:08
7 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:31:19
8 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:32:23
9 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:33:41
10 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:34:16
I wouldn't as far as ten, but I agree at least another 4 or 5 top signings are required.
11 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:36:28
12 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:36:30
13 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:39:03
In fact, I would say we should retire the shirt once Schneiderlin leaves the club as he was truly peerless as a No 2!!!
14 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:43:56
But it is funny and true.
16 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:44:21
17 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:45:46
18 Posted 01/08/2018 at 17:47:47
Richarlison has the No 30 – and so does Holgate!
I assume official numbers are not out yet. Just wish the No 2, 5, 7 and 11 were still available.
19 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:03:29
20 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:07:53
21 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:25:22
To think we started last season basically without a left side!!
Thats been fully rectified!
Centre-back and centtral midfielder now please.
22 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:28:03
Not bad signing a replacement left-back about 3 years too late! Hope the kid does well from the off.
Now for 2 centre-backs and a creative midfielder.
23 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:29:14
It's hardly an LFC crest and I'm sure the tattoo has greater meaning to him than just being a RS fan, but we could have done without that. Let's hope he scores in the Kop end and moons the Norwegians.
24 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:30:47
25 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:39:08
Steve, I'm assuming it's religious. It's a line from a Christian song that was a big hit in faith circles a few years ago.
I will never, ever, ever walk alone
You are with us, for us, always holding on
Etc. etc. etc.
26 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:41:55
27 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:46:31
"3 years too late"???
In the summer of 2015 we had Baines at his absolute peak, a recovered Oviedo, and a still-touted Galloway. Last thing in the world we needed then was an left-back.
28 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:49:34
At least we now have Baines, Digne and Robinson. So we're sorted at left-back for the next couple of years, even when Baines leaves / retires.
29 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:50:18
30 Posted 01/08/2018 at 18:59:24
Anyway, like you I'm delighted with what we have there now. Trust me, you are gonna love Digne.
31 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:02:47
32 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:11:40
33 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:13:14
35 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:15:41
Another way of looking at things is that he's been at 4 clubs and is only 25, ie, he couldn't hold down a place at any of them...
36 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:21:01
37 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:22:05
38 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:39:56
Hmm that's true indeed another way of looking at it.
Although trying to oust Jordi Alba at Barcelona and break into this current star-studded France squad is no easy task.
Time will tell.
39 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:44:21
Well apart from; Williams, Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Besic, Martina, Bolasie...
40 Posted 01/08/2018 at 19:58:31
Now the Goals can be down to Baines being the penalty and Free Kick Merchant, but am hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
41 Posted 01/08/2018 at 20:00:13
If we can get 4-5 good players in this window, then maybe 2 in January, that sets us up nicely to remove the rest of the dead wood next summer, whilst showing potential quality targets the style of football on offer at Everton.
42 Posted 01/08/2018 at 20:10:56
Denis (#35), off target as usual. Digne was the full-time starter at Roma during his loan there three seasons ago, before Barca snapped him up. He was also a full-time starter at Lille three years earlier, at age 18. And of course he was the starting left-back for France in the World Cup at age 20. As for not starting at Barca, well, two words: Jordi Alba.
43 Posted 01/08/2018 at 20:24:50
It's my 6 year old sons first 1st team game, I would like to try get to the ground early with him Saturday to see the players going in, maybe get a photo or 2... could anyone give any advice on how early I should try get there with him?
Come on blues ! Looking forward to the new season.
44 Posted 01/08/2018 at 20:55:35
Thank God Digne didn't play in the World Cup (not good for him though, as I imagine he wanted to), he'll be hungry and full of energy.
45 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:12:18
46 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:14:58
Hope he's playing v Valencia.
47 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:22:57
Best of luck and I hope your little boy enjoys his first game watching the Blues.
48 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:27:57
49 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:30:17
50 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:42:15
Personally not arsed about the Tattoo, I just want him to put a shift in when he plays.
Two of my favourite Everton players Dave Watson and Peter Reid supported that lot as kids.
Really happy hes signed and hope we can add a bit more quality to the squad.
51 Posted 01/08/2018 at 21:57:02
52 Posted 01/08/2018 at 22:10:36
Appreciate the kind words and advice, he's really looking forward to it, hopefully the first of many to come!!
53 Posted 01/08/2018 at 22:14:27
Negative? It's like working in Max Spielmann's darkroom.
54 Posted 01/08/2018 at 22:21:14
I am assuming that the official number allocation has not been done yet but maybe the pre-season numbers (sans name on the shirt) were a clue.
I would be gutted for the 3 supporters who have bought a "Schneiderlin 2" shirt that it would need to be changed. Given our youngest's ability which included shirts Kanchelskis (1996), Rooney (2005), Arteta (2009), perhaps we should make it 4 supporters. If any on here would also like to chip in, we can get him a Mirallas 11 and a Sandro 9 and hopefully it is too late to waste the money on a Williams 5.
55 Posted 01/08/2018 at 22:26:22
56 Posted 01/08/2018 at 23:40:46
“After I spoke with the coach the feeling was very good and I said I wanted to come to the Premier League and to Everton.”
So, we tapped him up then.
57 Posted 02/08/2018 at 00:35:37
And that's the No 12 shirt Kieran Dowell has been wearing in pre-season. Guess the new kid gets to choose, but it may also mean Kieran has not done enough to impress (have any of them?).
The same must have applied to Richarlison coming in and 'stealing' Mason's No 30 shirt... As if there aren't enough to go round!
There should be more though. After multiple warnings to batten down for The Great Cull, only one player actually left us in the entire month of July.
58 Posted 02/08/2018 at 02:24:29
59 Posted 02/08/2018 at 04:47:02
Silva is setting out the attitude that a player should have when playing for Everton, but which some players don't have – and they are currently affecting the team's attitude.
He is also saying that whatever needs changing will be changed to achieve this. This is the root problem at Everton and Silva has identified it and is trying to do something about it.
60 Posted 02/08/2018 at 05:12:11
61 Posted 02/08/2018 at 08:13:47
62 Posted 02/08/2018 at 08:50:06
63 Posted 02/08/2018 at 08:50:25
64 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:14:47
The source was Prince Rupert's Tower, which I believe is a US fansite. It didn't specify the details of what led to this happening.
As I was reading the article I was hoping Schneiderlin, Bolasie and Pennington may have been there too, but four out of seven is not bad.
65 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:17:09
66 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:34:56
Like many said at the time, neither should have been allowed back and shown the door there and then.
These contracts that these players have, surely there is some manoeuvre by the Club for disciplinary breaches, to either terminate, or apply strict financial penalties, or do they have it all their own way?
67 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:37:31
68 Posted 02/08/2018 at 09:55:52
69 Posted 02/08/2018 at 10:07:22
Either way, I like that Silva has identified problem players and is taking a firm stand with them. Can only be good thing for the team as a whole!
With a bit of patience and support this might all work out beautifully for us!?
70 Posted 02/08/2018 at 10:39:38
71 Posted 02/08/2018 at 10:52:57
My assumption is that the players who will be on their way out have been told to train separately as you wouldn't them going to other EPL clubs with knowledge of our training regimes (movement, set-pieces etc).
72 Posted 02/08/2018 at 10:54:30
The info came from Paul Joyce, Times journalist who tweeted the info this morning
73 Posted 02/08/2018 at 11:31:49
I don't mean 'lose' in any final, catastrophic sense. Just that there might have been a noticeable downturn in effort and focus since certain players were told that they were surplus.
They've only been isolated recently. Have we really not practised anything related to how we're going to play this season with only just over a week to go until the big kick-off? Seriously?
Wont set-piece routines/training methods and such like be pretty similar to whatever Silva has done at previous clubs anyway? People are pretty routine/habit based and take their ideas and the people they use to implement those ideas with them wherever they go.
74 Posted 02/08/2018 at 14:51:59
I think the more likely scenario is that some of our prima donnas have ha their asses handed back to them and they don't like it, or have been told they have no place in the first team. If thats the case, all well and good...Silva is weeding out the bad apples and shit that have poisoned the squad for too long...
maybe thats just a glass half full view, but I think he's touching some nerves that will work out for the best in getting rid of the attitudes.
In terms of downward turn in for, its impossible to tell in preason games. Who knows what experiments have been tested and trialled, but I think a lot of the bad form comes from a mix of the above, the fact it takes time o get used to a new manager and tactics and simply a lack of adequate competition for places and some squad members just lacking real quality
75 Posted 02/08/2018 at 15:11:58
I see your point, Grant. Yes, we've been practising Silva routines form early on - I guess at that point he didn't know who would stay and who would go.
76 Posted 02/08/2018 at 17:53:40
77 Posted 02/08/2018 at 18:33:47
If the cull survivors think it is ok to relax a little then I wouldn't be surprised to see them on the list before long. Either way, Silva gets to see who he can and cannot rely on. Something we fans already know.
Of all the recent players to come in before Silva, it is pretty evident that only Pickford had the required attitude. I thought Klaasen might but he turned out to be a wet blanket, and has been moved on with admirable ruthlessness.
As awful as some of this pre-season fare has been it is hardly surprising. So far Silva has responded very well.
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