31/01/2024 7comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have picked up free agent Kingsford Boakye and signed him to a 2½-year  deal subject to a successful work permit application.

According to evertonfc.com:

"The 19-year-old Ghanaian is a product of MSK Zilina Africa in his home country, where he excelled and developed through the ranks before joining AC Milan last year.

"Signed by Everton as a free agent, Boakye proved to be a prolific attacker at former club Zilina and can operate on both the left and right wing."

 

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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 31/01/2024 at 19:16:52
Academic
Mike Doyle
2 Posted 31/01/2024 at 19:21:31
I guess he didn't see the sign near the Finch Farm entrance that reads “Prolific Attackers. Abandon hope all ye who enter here” (allegedly).
Robert Tressell
3 Posted 31/01/2024 at 20:18:57
What a life these young African kids must have.

MSK Zilina is a Slovak club which presumably has a development team in Ghana.

So Boakye leaves Ghana age 17 / 18 to join AC Milan's academy in March but is then released in July.

Now signed for us.

And we worry about whether 20-somethings from London will settle in the North West.

Hopefully he does settle and enjoy life. Certainly he plays in the right position as we're very low on quality in wide / attacking areas.

However, sadly I expect if he was exceptional he'd already be playing first-team football somewhere rather than trying to find academy contracts.

Paul Hewitt
4 Posted 31/01/2024 at 20:28:58
And that's our January signing.
Dupont Koo
5 Posted 01/02/2024 at 01:21:48
At least he is not joining us during the Moyes-era: that was the graveyard for any aspiring young attackers!
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 01/02/2024 at 10:01:09
Robert (3),

You know a lot about foreign players and their ability or lack of it, this lad's deal seems very strange with him being offered a 2½-year contract but Milan let him go after just 3 or 4 months and he's done nothing since last July… he hasn't just come out of Nick, has he?

Si Cooper
7 Posted 04/02/2024 at 05:17:31
Dave, I guess we will hear the whole story if he gets his work permit?

Perhaps an English speaker and Milan didn't want to bother waiting until he learnt Italian because they had enough very good alternatives. It might have taken a while to try the UK if our government's hostility to immigrants is well known (and I'd imagine the Europeans like to broadcast our many faults in an attempt to overcome the lure of hefty pay packets).


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