Another Marcel Brands master class as Everton beat Manchester United to midfield signing

Everton is on course to sign Imam Jagne from BK Hacken beating the likes of Manchester United.

Ever since Marcel Brands has taken over the role of Sporting Director at Everton, he has delivered some classy transfers as well as startling prospects who can be the future of Everton. The latest young sensations to join Everton are Niels Nkounkou and Jarrad Branthwaite. Marcel Brands has once again weaved his magic wand to attract another burgeoning talent in form of Imam Jagne to Goodison, beating the likes of Manchester United.

Talking about Jarrad Branthwaite, Marcel Brands bought him for £990k from Carlisle United and can be regarded as the first signing of Carlo Ancelotti tenure. Even though he was signed to play for the U-23 team, his progress and injuries to Mina and Holgate during the Project Restart landed him a spot in the first team.

He played the last four games of the league and caught the eye of many. The 18 year old is on course to become a first team regular if he continues to excel at this rate.

The other master class signing I am talking about is Niels Nkounkou. He arrived on a free transfer from Marseille and was again expected to play majority of his football for the U-23 team. Leighton Baines had just retired and the Royal Blues needed a back up left back. There were rumours of Sergio Reguilon as well. Ancelotti decided to try Nkounkou in the pre-season and was left so surprised by his abilities that Nkounkou is now a back up option to Lucas Digne.

The 18 year old has made two Carabao Cup appearances and has been magnificent. I know I maybe going a bit of overboard with this, but if Nkounkou continues to develop at this rate, Lucas Digne may have a hard time.

Marcel Brands is now close to delivering another prospect in form of Imam Jagne. According to Goteborgs-Posten (via HITC), the 16 year old has signed a 3 year deal and there are last few details remaining for the transfer to be official. Clubs have kept an eye on Imam Jagne since last year’s Gothia Cup with the likes of Manchester United seriously interested.

Obviously, Manchester United would have wanted him for their U-23 team but beating them to the signing feels like a major coup. This is proof that under Marcel Brands, the Toffees have been able to cultivate and grow an ecosystem that attracts young prospects, which has been essential in beating clubs like Manchester United to such exuberant talents.

Imam Jagne will join the U-23 team and continue his uprising at Everton after showing unbelievable potential at BK Hacken. He may not be able to break into the first team as quickly as Nkounkou or Branthwaite, but the 16 year old is surely the one for the future.