A young Ecudaorian midfielder linked with a move to Everton in this transfer window might be a better player than N’Golo Kante according to a South American football expert.
That player is Moises Caicedo a midfielder currently playing his trade at Independiente del Valle. The Ecudorian has been linked with several clubs and recently its been claimed Everton are in the race for the youngster.
Now according to media reports well known South American football expert Tim Vickery has been favourably comparing Caicedo to French international N’Golo Kante.
Kante has been perhaps the bargain buy of the last decade in English football. He’s certainly one of the best and most consistent performers in the Premier League over the past four or five years.
The combative midfielder was a key part of Leicester City’s stunningly unexpected title win in 2016 and then went on to help new club Chelsea win the league the following season.
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Vickery claims that not only is Caicedo very similar to Kante but he might be an even better player as he offers superior attacking qualities and regular goals from midfield, something that the Frenchman doesn’t.
That is quite a statement for a young player who has only just emerged onto the radar of the big European teams and not surprisingly Everton aren’t the only one being linked to him.
A player with those qualities would certainly be of interest to a lot of major clubs on the continent and in England too.
The former BBC correspondent is a very respected voice on South American football and so he’s unlikely to make a hyperbolic statement like this about a player without having a reasonable justification for doing so.
And if the transfer rumours are accurate, the Toffees are looking for defensive reinforcements in central midfield. The Blues have been linked with a number of such players already in the past few months.
The injury to Allan and continuing doubts about the future fitness and form of Jean-Philippe Gbamin as well as a lack of confidence in alternatives like Tom Davies, means that Carlo Ancelotti does seem open to bringing in new players in that position.
A new Kante would certainly seem a sound longer-term investment. If Caicedo is that good and was available at a very reasonable price given his age, then surely the Blues should be in the running for his signature. He would also be an ideal longer-term replacement for Allan.
A player like him fits the Marcel Brands transfer strategy to a tee as a promising youngster from South America and would join another teenage midfielder Imam Jagne brought in by Brands just a few months ago.