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David Unsworth believes new Everton signing will become midfield all-rounder

By Sam Carroll

David Unsworth believes Everton have signed a ‘great athlete’ following the capture of Imam Jagne from BK Hacken last month.

Swedish midfielder Jagne, 17, arrived from his home country and was immediately installed into the under-23 squad at Finch Farm.

He made his debut during the goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur at Southport in October – coming on as a half-time substitute – before being introduced from the bench once more in the late defeat at Manchester United.

Unsworth reckons Jagne can play ‘all of the midfield roles’ but has urged patience with his development.

“He’s going to be a great athlete,” the under-23 manager told the ECHO. “He can handle the ball, he’s a great presser of the ball.

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“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.”

Jagne joined Everton speaking perfect English but Unsworth admitted the scouting team at Goodison Park played a prominent role in landing the teenager.

“I’d seen a little bit of him,” he added. “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.”

Culled from Echo.

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