Everton secure Nathangelo Markelo from Holland

Monday, 19 June, 2017 54comments  |  Jump to most recent

Everton have added Nathangelo Markelo, an exciting Netherlands U18 international, to the U23s setup from Dutch club, FC Volendam 019.

The Blues' scouts have apparently been monitoring the right-sided defender's progress extensively along with scouts from other clubs in Europe and the club stole a march on their competition for him by securing his signature today.

Prior to confirmation on evertonfc.com, a statement on Voldendam's website today said:

"FC Volendam and Everton FC have reached agreement on the acquisition of Nathangelo Markelo. The Premier League club has had Nathangelo watched in the Dutch national team and at some home games of FC Volendam 019 and became so convinced of his qualities. The right central defender / right-back would be available next summer when Under-19 players are left to the first team, but Everton had other plans."

Markelo can play at centre-half, as a full-back or wing-back, has signed s three-year-contract and he will join up with David Unsworth's Premier League 2 title-winning squad.

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“It feels great to be an Everton player. It's a nice opportunity for me and I love it here already," Markelo told Everton's official site.

“I heard something about two weeks ago after a tournament I played in and I was very happy. I decided immediately that I wanted to come to Everton.

“I'm looking forward to the season now. I have three years here and I hope to get plenty of playing time, develop as a player and then just keep making steps forward towards the first team.”


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Brian Williams
1 Posted 19/06/2017 at 14:59:42
See we've got another youngster come in!

Nathangelo Markelo

Phil Bellis
2 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:11:11
U21 centre-half? Not heard anything... Steve "the Catt" Walsh earning his corn?
Shane Corcoran
3 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:20:35
Phil Bellis
4 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:26:21
Well in "Breaking News" Brian! Another one for the Academy hoovered up.. We must be doing a lot right.
John Smith
5 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:42:30
Dutch websites saying we have agreed an amount for a promising young Dutch U18 Rep Rightback/CB, Nathan Markelo.

Apparently we are now free to discuss personal terms.


Gordon Scott
6 Posted 19/06/2017 at 15:45:40
It looks like we have made another signing:

John Smith
7 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:19:07
Can anyone here read Dutch?


John Smith
8 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:20:30
I got google to translate that:

"Youth Player Nathangelo Markelo to Everton FC
Jun 19, 2017

FC Volendam and Everton FC have reached agreement on the acquisition of Nathangelo Markelo.

The Premier League club has Nathangelo followed by the Dutch national team and at some home games of FC Volendam 019 and became so convinced of his qualities. The right central defender / right-back would be next summer when 019 players are left to the first team, but Everton had other plans.

This is already the second this season FC Volendam youth player who leaves for a big European club.
After Vicente Besuijen (AS Roma) Nathangelo is now also such a nice transfer. FC Volendam is disappointed that these players are not saved, but above all proud of that training so highly regarded.

We wish Nathangelo much success in England!"

Paul Kossoff
10 Posted 19/06/2017 at 16:54:29
We've got another one!

Everton have completed the signing of Netherlands Under-18 international Nathangelo Markelo from Dutch second division side FC Volendam.

The 18-year-old, who can play at centre-back, right-back or as a right wing-back, has penned a three-year deal with the Blues to the summer of 2020.

John Smith
11 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:05:34
Good to see this one get over the line after his old club leaked it on their website. Bit strange, but who cares, he looks quality.
Jim Knightley
12 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:09:57
Just as I was about to complain about the lack of signings today...
Adam Carey
13 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:14:43
I like their leaving comments. "Disappointed but proud." Could be a new development club link in the making here.

Could this mean Kenny moving up from the U23s...?

Kevin Jones
14 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:16:31
Yes John (#4), Steve McClaren.
Mark McParlan
15 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:20:58
Adam (#10) – my thoughts exactly. Another right-back signed for the U23s does give the impression that Kenny might be making a step up of sorts to the first team.
Thomas Surgenor
16 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:33:10
Is this a sign that Jonjoe Kenny will be more involved in first team duties next season?

Unsworth signing a replacement right-back for the U23s.

Sam Hoare
18 Posted 19/06/2017 at 17:51:45
Hope he can cross better than Holgate who's wasting lots of decent positions for the very dismal U21 England team.
Derek Knox
19 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:07:16
Has anyone got any medication for PETSS ?

Pre-season, Early Transfer Shock Syndrome?

If so, I think I will not only be the only TW'er suffering, no, enjoying, this phenomina!

What's going on?

I believe Bill's in Hospital, with writers cramp and trauma.

Long may it continue.


Phil Walling
20 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:17:39
Do you think Unsy has given the kid full driving directions to Brentford ?
James Stewart
21 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:25:24
Holgate is not a right back that experiment should be knocked on the head.
Raymond Fox
22 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:29:06
Looks a very likely lad to me, only highlight clips granted, but he looks a complete package.
Richard Humphrey
23 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:29:23
The new John Stones!
Andy Finigan
24 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:32:40
I know it's only clips and he is young but do any of the older Evertonians see a Des Walker in him?
Brent Stephens
25 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:36:58
It's not funny anymore, Phil.
Tom Bowers
26 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:40:51
Everton have a good compliment of youngsters these days and the future looks good assuming many of them mature into Prem standard players. Only time will tell. Regarding Holgate, he has talent as we all have seen but he needs to grow more to be a central defender and was clearly at fault for the goal conceded today against Slovakia.
Darryl Ritchie
27 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:43:08
I think this is an indication that there will be a few U-23's making the jump to the main squad on permanent basis. Wouldn't be surprised to see a few more come in; after all, we have a title to defend.
Colin Glassar
28 Posted 19/06/2017 at 18:57:31
Is he related to Michaelangelo?
Dennis Ng
29 Posted 19/06/2017 at 20:19:33
Why am I always reading Everton buying players this time of the year? Doesn't sound like the typical window Sky wants the world to be used to. LOL Keep the good news coming guys!
Anthony Burke
31 Posted 19/06/2017 at 20:55:39
Never heard of him but looks quality in the video.
Julian Wait
32 Posted 19/06/2017 at 21:09:25
I can't get used to all this good news. It's overwhelming.
Chris James
33 Posted 19/06/2017 at 21:22:49
Decisive transfer action, early doors at all levels – truly marvellous stuff.

Come on, Sandro – get your papers signed, then we can move onto Siggy and another striker! ;-)

Charlie Lloyd
34 Posted 19/06/2017 at 21:25:17
One for the future.

It may work out; generally they don't and the players brought in between 16-18 years of age disappear as they fail to develop potential into consistent star quality.

Looks decent on the clips and wish him all the best in the U18s or U23s next season.

James Marshall
35 Posted 19/06/2017 at 22:38:53
He likes a tackle, that's for sure.
Mike Berry
36 Posted 19/06/2017 at 23:37:43
Great to see us not only investing in the now but also in the future.
We seem to have a tremendous amount of potential in the junior ranks, if only 2/3 make it, then it's been worth it.
Dick Fearon
37 Posted 19/06/2017 at 00:03:34
Will our coaching panel get him to use his left foot?

Far too many kids come through the ranks carrying the same technical faults they started out with.

Bob Parrington
38 Posted 20/06/2017 at 01:48:05
Dick (#37). It's probably a more common problem than most of us recognise. Many current top players are very one-footed. As I've mentioned on other threads, Norman Hunter, of Leeds Ltd in the Don review days, was a classic for it but was great player.
Mark Andersson
39 Posted 20/06/2017 at 03:01:24
Dick? Naturally two-footed players are rare breed. Ross is a classic example but then dithers with which one to use... haha. That's why managers look to buy for either side of the field.

Anyway, welcome to Everton, young man – you made the right choice.

Nigel Munford
40 Posted 20/06/2017 at 07:39:54
Julian, certainly more uplifting news articles on here than the general news on the BBC site. Nothing but doom and gloom on there. Just had a scan on it and there's not one article that made me think, "Wow, that's good news."
Erik Dols
41 Posted 20/06/2017 at 08:21:35
Well, here is the ToffeeWeb reporter from the continent! Nathangelo Markelo!

Never saw him play, never heard of him before... but that makes sense as he comes from the youth setup of a second-tier club. He was selected for the Dutch U18 squad so it's not totally out of the blue.

Most probably will never become a regular in the first team... but then again, you never know. Worth the shot et cetera...

John Pickles
42 Posted 20/06/2017 at 09:20:52
A few seasons back, this lad would have been regarded as our summer's 'Marquee' signing!
Alan J Thompson
43 Posted 20/06/2017 at 16:29:39
Anyone got any idea how much he cost or do the Netherlands have a tribunal for such players?
Olalekan Taofik
44 Posted 20/06/2017 at 20:12:29
Nathan is another good addition to our second team.

Welcome boy!

Nathan Cross
45 Posted 20/06/2017 at 23:13:09
"Nathangelo" – wish my parents had thought of that... my name seems so boring now.
Bobby Thomas
46 Posted 20/06/2017 at 23:28:34
Dick (#37),

Doesn't matter how two-footed you are if you make the wrong decisions.

Dick Fearon
47 Posted 21/06/2017 at 08:34:02
Bob @38, Bobby @46, Nathangelo seems very one footed not unlike Cadamarty and Jeffers and others who were not quite truly first class players.

The only totally one-footed super star that I have personally seen was Ferenc Puskas in his Magical Magyar and Real Madrid roles. It was said that he might only have a left foot but, with a left foot like that, he doesn't need a right one.

Dave Abrahams
48 Posted 21/06/2017 at 09:05:13
Dick (#47), were you old enough to see Stanley Mathews? He was one footed using his left leg just to stand on.

David Beckham, a very good player, couldn't use his left leg or head a ball but he got by.

Dave Abrahams
49 Posted 21/06/2017 at 09:10:24
By the way, I should have added that I agree with you – young players should have the nous to learn to kick with both feet.
Dick Fearon
50 Posted 21/06/2017 at 12:54:12
Dave, I did see the Wizard of Dribble many times including his last appearance for Blackpool at Goodison. Don Donavon our tough Irish defender stuck to him like like the proverbial to a blanket.

With 10 minutes to go we were ahead 2-0 when Stanley finally broke Donavon's shackles and delivered one of his inch perfect crosses for Mortenson to make it it 2-1. This was followed in quick succession by two more crosses from the maestro that led to a Blackpool victory 2-3.

In a debate about the relative merits of Matthews and Tom Finney I plumped for Finney. Tom could do a very good job in any forward position while Stanley was a right winger only.

Andrew McGuffog
51 Posted 21/06/2017 at 13:07:01
I saw Matthews's last game at Goodison for Stoke. Our fullback was Mick Meagan who spent 90 minutes trying to avoid tackling him and being forever known as the man who broke Stan's leg.
Clive Rogers
52 Posted 21/06/2017 at 13:23:00
Andrew, I saw that game. Mathews was 50 and looked it. He looked very frail so I understand what you mean about Meagan not wanting to tackle him.
Mike Gaynes
53 Posted 21/06/2017 at 13:36:50
Dave (#48), I'm not fortunate enough to have seen the likes of Matthews and Puskas, but to your Beckham mention I would add Hagi, Stoichkov and Robben.
Chris Williams
54 Posted 21/06/2017 at 14:02:39
Yes, I was at that Stoke game too. In my minds eye, I recall Matthews being surrounded every time he got the ball and making no impact. Except once when he got one-on-one with the full back and left him floundering. For some reason I thought that was Sandy Brown, but probably mistaken.

My uncle, who died age 85 a few years ago, told me a story about when he was waiting outside Goodison for autographs after a Stoke match, about 1937 he reckoned. Matthews came out and told him to fuck off. Dixie came out shortly afterwards and saw he was a bit upset and asked him why. When he found out, he took his book, went back into the dressing room and got autographs from the Everton team for him.

Andrew McGuffog
55 Posted 21/06/2017 at 14:02:56
Talking of Don Donovan, my mother told me that he always used to stop and talk to me, in my pram at the front gate. He was taking his daily walk along Parthenon Drive, presumably to The Crown.

Thus are we chosen.

Terry White
56 Posted 21/06/2017 at 14:41:13
"One foot" Messi, anyone?
Dave Abrahams
57 Posted 21/06/2017 at 21:23:12
Dick (50) I agree with you re Mathews and Finney, I thought that Tom Finney was the best British player I ever saw, better than Georgie Best who Finney just shaded for me.

Andrew (51), yes saw that game, it didn't stop an Everton player from putting Stan on the floor with a fair tackle, it might have been Tony Kay, I think this game was played the day after John F Kennedy was assassinated.

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