What a signing Everton made for just £18 million this summer.
Lucas Digne appears to have it all, he scored two beauties against Burnley and has one of the sweetest crosses in the league.
He looks competent at the back and is only 25-years-old – which begs the question – why did Barcelona sell the Frenchman?
While Jordi Alba has been an ever-present in the Barcelona back line for the past seven years, the Camp Nou side must have seen the promise of Digne.
29-year-old Alba recently claimed he wanted to retire at Barcelona which might have been incentive enough for Digne to pack his bags and head to Everton.
With experience in Italy with Roma, France with PSG and Spain with Barcelona, a change of scene was never going to bother the French defender.
Digne, like Anthony Martial and Adrien Rabiot, would have been devastated to have missed his nation’s triumph at the World Cup in the summer.
A part time role at Barcelona was not enough to persuade Didier Deschamps to save him a seat on the plane.
Instead, the France manager favoured Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez for the role, resigning Digne to watch on as his fellow countrymen lifted the World Cup.
The Everton man had played for the national side throughout their youth squads and even has 23 senior caps which, considering Benjamin Mendy’s injury, would have made the omission an even harder pill to swallow.
Following a positive meeting over the summer with Marco Silva, Digne was on his way to the Premier League and Everton.
He has continued to improve as the season progresses and has had a hand in five goals in his past seven games – scoring three and assisting two.
With Andy Robertson and Marcos Alonso highly praised for their wondering’s up-field, the French defender looks like a combination of the two with Alonso’s eye for goal and Robertson’s crossing ability.
With the old war horse that is Leighton Baines on his last legs, the signing of Digne came at a crucial point for a club going through a transitional phase.
Digne was signed in the summer, along with Richarlison and Yerry Mina.
All three have excelled so far this campaign, with Digne now probably being the first name on the team sheet for Silva.
Digne’s season becomes even more impressive when you take a closer look at some of his defensive stats.
He has won 43 out of 62 aerial duels, he has made 32 clearances and nine blocks so far. He has also made 43 tackles with a success rate of 65%.
Defensively sound and exciting going forward – what a player it looks like Everton have found themselves.
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