Scout Report – Ezri Konsa
Everton are reportedly interested in a January move for Charlton Athletic defender Ezri Konsa. The 20-year-old was recently even monitored by an Everton scout and considering his solid performances, the club could actually try and lure him to join Goodison Park in the upcoming transfer window.
The youngster is being touted as one of the most exciting defensive prospects and Sam Allardyce is keen on ensuring his arrival at Everton. A move to join a Premier League club at his age could prove to be a massive upgrade for the centre-back.
It will offer him a bigger platform to showcase his skills and Konsa could thrive under the watchful eyes of Allardyce. That said, let’s take a look at his profile.
Born in 1997 in Newham, England, Konsa joined Charlton Athletic at the age of 12. He gradually emerged as one of their rising stars and progressed through the ranks to sign his first professional contract towards the end of 2015. He attended a few matches as an unused substitute but eventually managed to establish himself as a regular for the first team at the age of 18. His prolific displays saw him earn the attention from a lot of clubs and it looks like there is no end to his brilliance at the back.
It was earlier in March this year that the player renewed his contract with Charlton, which runs until 2020. He was awarded the club’s Young Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season and his impressive displays have continued this season as well.
Primarily a central defender, Konsa is versatile in the sense that he can also play as a full-back and as a central midfielder. Quite strong at tackling and dribbling, Konsa can take the ball away from opposition forwards to restrict them from progressing forward. The player uses his physical strength well to his advantage, making it quite tough for opponents to go past him. The 20-year-old is also quite strong in the air, making him quite valuable in set-piece situations.
Konsa is only embarking on his career now and he has a long way to go. He may boast of Premier League quality and a move to Everton could help him in his career but he may have to forego regular game time. The Toffees do need a new face in their back line, especially when it comes to the central defence but it is unlikely for Allardyce to immediately offer Konsa the opportunity to play first-team football.