Everton suppose they’ve accomplished a deal much like the one which introduced Dominic Calvert-Lewin to Goodison Park with Sunderland teen Francis Okoronkwo signing for as much as £1 million, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
Don’t make the error in assuming Everton have handed over a briefcase filled with £50 notes to their north east counterparts, muttering “pleasure doing enterprise with you” earlier than strolling away with a teenage winger in tow.
The Toffees have paid solely a small proportion of that seven-figure sum up entrance.
And Sunderland, as per the stipulations within the deal, will solely get their £1 million windfall ought to Okoronkwo fulfil a lot of clauses in his contract.
Everton will hope Francis Okoronkwo is extra DCL than Josh Bowler
Aged simply 17, it’s removed from sure the skilful ahead will change into a first-team participant at Goodison Park.
For all we all know, he might wrestle to make an influence on the blue half of Merseyside earlier than seeking to jump-start his profession within the EFL, a la Josh Bowler.
Bowler, the previous QPR starlet, joined Everton in a deal doubtlessly rising to £3 million in 2017 (Sky Sports). Solely half of that was paid up entrance.
It was an analogous story when Calvert-Lewin, then a little-known 19-year-old, arrived from Sheffield United.
Everton forked out greater than £500,000 for a teenage ‘DCL’, with the opposite £1 million paid over time (Echo).
It stays to be seen whether or not Okoronkwo can comply with in Calvert-Lewin’s footsteps and change into one of many first names on Everton’s crew sheet – or whether or not he, like Bowler, fails to make the transition from academy football to life in the first team.
Bowler is, a minimum of, making a reputation for himself away from Goodison Park.
Bowler scored a superb winner within the shock win towards promotion favourites Fulham lately, a glimpse into the potential Everton noticed in him all these years in the past.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/09/20/everton-francis-okoronkwo/ | Everton suppose they’ve struck a superb deal, identical to Calvert-Lewin’s