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Everton track young Lille star

| Monday, 25 March 2019 17comments  |  Jump to last
Marcel Brands is said to be keeping a close eye on Rafael Leão, the 19-year-old Lille striker who has been likened to Kylian Mbappe.

The MailSport claim that Everton have "checked on" the Portuguese who has scored seven times in 19 appearances in Ligue 1 also been scouted by Manchester City.

Leão signed a four-year contract when he left Sporting Lisbon in the wake of the violent training ground invasion last year and will have plenty of suitors if he is to be sold this summer.

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 26/03/2019 at 07:50:22
Very encouraging if true, but if he is anything like Mbappe, surely there will be a host of clubs chasing him, so where would that leave us?

I have heard on more than one occasion too, that we are allegedly leading the chase for Che Adams, currently doing well at Birmingham.

It will also be interesting to finally see what happens with Henry Onyekuru, who is technically our player, but the chances of getting a work permit will surely be overcome now that he has gained International Status. Bayern Munich are supposed to be very keen to attract him there.

Martin Berry
2 Posted 26/03/2019 at 09:01:57
I think we need to be clear that it is Brands policy to bring in young talent with potential and for more viable fees, rather than wait until they have matured and become financially inaccessible. This could have legs (like I hope the player does).
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 26/03/2019 at 09:38:30
I think this one has some legs. My days watching Sporting are behind me now, so I can only say I’ve seen him once. He’s big and quick. He’s still a kid so the strength isn’t there yet, but he’s got the frame for it.

He’s not a tricky player, he beats his opponent on raw speed. There’s supppsedly reduced space in French football compared to Portuguese, not that I watch a lot of the former.

Sam Hoare
4 Posted 26/03/2019 at 09:47:42
Yes, please. Was already eyeing up this player for my annual transfer piece.

Derek@2, the difference is that Mbappe was better, younger and had already had his breakout season performing in the CL for Monaco before his big move.

This young lad Leao has not even had 20 games at senior level and so represents a significant risk. There's a very strong chance he could turn out to be the next overhyped youngster and struggle to make an impact in the PL. Probably if we bought him for £20m or so we'd still be able to get 3/4 of that back. But if he proves a hit then you'd be looking at a £60m player in a few years time.

I think he looks the business from what little i've seen; very quick, decent height, good movement and works pretty hard.

The only downside is that he's actually quite similar to DCL and I wonder if we should be concentrating on our own youngster and looking to pair him with a more experienced CF.

Joey Crawley
5 Posted 26/03/2019 at 11:58:06
I like the look of this kid, just seen him on YouTube an he looks great, then again so does Dennis Straquarlisioly so who knows. Worth a punt at under 35m euros, pay in instalments over 3 yrs an watch the value crash after Brexit, so quids in for Brands and co. He’s all arms and legs, like a drunken spider that never falls over and sprints like a daddy long legs, gets on the end of everything and knows where the sticks are, his academy coach says he was better at youth level than Ronaldo, same coach, probably still sober so I’d take his word for it. Bags of potential at that age, he out ran the Lisbon ultras who were fuming so I’d say we could have one hellova player on our hands if Farhad would like to trust Marcel with his blankety blank cheque book and pen.
Ian Hams
6 Posted 26/03/2019 at 18:36:15
Koey Id love to see The Straq back lol.
Don Alexander
7 Posted 26/03/2019 at 20:12:24
He reminds me of Bolasie on those occasions when he ripped us alone a new one.
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 27/03/2019 at 04:20:38
It may be a bit unfair not having seen the player nor know the possible transfer fee. However, opinions on here vary from the new Mbappe to Bolasie to the Straq but when Brands and Silva said that youth would play a big part I had assumed it would be those already in the Academy or the first team squad.

I'm all for signing improvements but at the moment we have Calvert-Lewin who is improving with each game in the Premier League, Richarlison who is just 21, Lookman, young Simms who could be anything and possibly even Onyekuru all of who could be improving and hitting their peak in 4-5 years time which probably will be when Bernard and Gomes could just be coming off theirs.

Given this, should we not be looking for already accomplished players to help improve those we already have especially as Moshiri being worried about the wages bill may have put a cap on funds available. However, if the lad is another Jesus Gabriel at City and we are sure he can handle the hurly-burly of English football then go for it.

Justin Doone
9 Posted 27/03/2019 at 17:55:04
Echo the above. Rather a more proven player or trust in our own.

The next £££ is why players get compared to to other top class players. Nothing to do with ability most of the time.

There is some real talent in the championship that I think could step up, surely still value to be found nearer the to home.

Grealish £20m if villa don't get promoted, Mooy if Huddersfield get relegated etc. Many many more good options. What do or scouting network actually do?

Peter Warren
10 Posted 28/03/2019 at 06:58:29
Buy him
Robert Leigh
11 Posted 29/03/2019 at 07:43:14
Talking of young stars, I see Ellis Simms has been linked with Bayern as the next young English player to head to the continent having not been given the opportunities he deserves.

In no way am I saying let’s start him until the end of the season, but surely having him on the bench at the expense of Tosun will do is no harm given our league position? If he comes on and does well, he’s in the squad for next season.

If he doesn’t, he can go on loan next year and get some experience.

Gary Willock
12 Posted 29/03/2019 at 08:11:14
Busy summer, I hope! Team for next year (It's Friday, a little fantasy football is allowed):

'Team A'

Trippier Keane Mina Digne
Gomes Gana
Malcolm Sigurdsson Richarlison

'Team B'

Coleman Holgate Feeney Robinson
Davies Beni
Bernard Lookman Onyekuru

Gordon, Hornby, Simms, etc. stepping up too.

Outs: Schneiderlin, Tosun, Walcott, Valsic, Kenny (loan), Sandro, McCarthy, Bolasie…….etc.

Robert Leigh
13 Posted 29/03/2019 at 09:25:26
Erm Gary, Piątek only just joined Milan and won't be going anywhere given his start!

But as we're playing Fantasy Football, I'd like us to pick Zouma and Gomes up and then a striker - maybe Mitrovic.

Gary Willock
14 Posted 29/03/2019 at 20:25:02
Erm, Robert, I did specifally say “a little fantasy is allowed” - not sure which bit of that was hard for you? There’s many in history that have moved on after a short time for the right money, and if we can get Malcom on loan perhaps, then there’s not a lot spent in my team (and plenty recouped). Ideally leaving big wedge for a top striker.

Love Zouma, but not sure we can afford to throw £40m after him when we have Mina who isn’t far behind and needs time.

Mitrovic is a Moyes signing. We need to think a bit bigger in this dept. Werner perhaps allowed in your rules?

Fran Mitchell
15 Posted 30/03/2019 at 00:15:14
It appears that Vlasic and Henry are part of next years plans, and the club hope to secure both Gomes and Zouma. Hopefully it works out. All good, all can improve.

I expect beyond that, Holgate, and maybe one or 2 young lads like Gordon cfould join the squad and maybe 2 signficant signings, and many many outgoings.

James Newcombe
16 Posted 30/03/2019 at 09:21:16
Sounds like Newcastle are messing Rondon about - we should be trying to get him on board... He would have been perfect when Lukaku left.
Justin Doone
17 Posted 01/04/2019 at 20:21:52
Rondon and Mitrovic? No thanks.

They are both '10 gamers' as in only ever put the effort in for 10 games a season. They are not good enough to move us forward, they do not fit with Silvas style of front foot, mobile, lots of movement, closing down style of forwards.

Giroud is twice the player they are but he turned us down once and we shouldn't give him a second chance especially at his age with a lack of hunger and effort.

Best keeping with DCL until a top class striker is available. We are finally playing go forward and attack with pace football. Long may it continue. We don't need plodders but we do have a few good youngster out on loan that could fit.

Vlassic, Dowell and Sandro would all benefit from playing in a more attack minded team. Quick balls, runners, movement. Along with Lookman it could be a big summer for them in terms of an Everton career. Stick, loan or sold.

I'd take Mooy as back up to Gomes (hope he stays) and maybe Billing for Gana? Then a top experienced Keeper, central defender (if no Zouma) and Striker.

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