Why Everton should secure Lucas Digne’s future at Goodison Park
According to Daily Mail, Everton are considering a contract extension for Lucas Digne despite being at Goodison Park for only one season.
The Frenchman signed a contract that would keep him at the club until 2023. In his first season in England’s top-flight, he made 35 appearances out of a possible 38 games and in the process, scored 4 times and assisted 4.
Despite the fact that he joined only last season for £18m, Digne has established himself as Everton’s first-choice left-back. He was Marco Silva’s second major signing in the summer of 2018 after Richarlison, who arrived a week before him.
In the ongoing season, Digne has featured in all of Everton’s league games and has provided 4 assists so far. The Toffees are far away from their best and after their 5-2 loss to Liverpool in the recent Merseyside derby, they bounced back with a brilliant 3-1 win vs Chelsea.
In spite of the team’s bad performance, Digne has been outstanding for them since his arrival from Barcelona. Though he did not get a chance to display his talent in Spain, he won one La Liga title and has a Ligue 1 title too to his name.
Digne has justified himself at the left-back after filling in the big boots of Leighton Baines, who was Everton’s first choice for many years. His performances have been highly rated in the footballing circuit and it looks like Everton would be rewarding him with a new deal.
Everton, on Tuesday, extended Richarlison’s contract with the club that would keep the Brazilian until 2024. And in the same manner, the Toffees would make a statement of intent if they manage to keep Digne for some more years.
The 26-year-old has still a lot to offer in terms of quality. He has gotten some experience under his belt after playing in Spain and France. And his impressive display in the league must be considered by the Toffees.
He has contributed immensely to the team in his one and a half year at the club. According to Whoscored, Digne has averaged 43.6 passes with 73.4% accuracy. In defensive situations, he has registered 2.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 2.7 clearances per game in the league.
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With all this said, it is quite evident that Digne would be a key member for the future of Everton, who are hoping to put away their inconsistent performance and bring confidence into their game.
Therefore, it would be wise if the Toffees make a quick decision and secure the left-back’s future.