Everton’s under-23s manager David Unsworth has placed high hopes upon one of the Toffees’ youth signings who he has described as a “great athlete”.
Swedish midfielder Imam Jagne was signed from BK Hacken last month as the Toffees look to bolster their youth development sides. The 17-year-old immediately joined up with Unsworth’s under-23s at Finch Farm upon signing after arriving from Sweden.
Unsworth has praised the well-roundedness and athleticism of the young Swede, but has also urged caution as Everton patiently work with the youngster to further his development.
“He’s going to be a great athlete,” the under-23 manager told the Liverpool Echo. “He can handle the ball, he’s a great presser of the ball.”
Unsworth opened up on the midfielder amid his claim that he can play in ‘all’ roles in the middle of the park.
“I’d say when he develops and matures he will be more of a box-to-box midfielder. He’s got great energy and you don’t want to bog him down into a holding midfield role.
“I think he can play in all of the midfield roles centrally; in a two, he can hold, and he can play wide of the three. There’s loads and loads of development in there and he’s certainly one for the future.”
Unsworth was also keen to accredit the signing to the scouting department and shifted the acclaim on them for their work in uncovering the talented Swede.
“I’d seen a little bit of him. I’d seen enough to form an opinion of him but obviously the recruitment department doing the bulk of the work. He’s a great guy.
“He’s a great learner. He’s very coachable and I’m looking forward to working with him for the next couple of years.”
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Unsworth’s glowing endorsement of the player bodes well.
The teenager seems to possess an impressive arsenal of valuable attributes, not to mention the fact that he appears to be versatile and flexible in a variety of roles and formations. He has featured off the bench on two occasions in Premier League 2 this season.
Jagne is only young but time will tell whether he can break into the first team squad in years to come. He could be one to watch.