Clement Chantome has been highlighted by Roberto Martinez as a player to replace Fellaini should he leave this summer.
Everton have recently been involved in something of a transfer shocker; after the press started linking Roberto Martinez’s side with players who were not currently plying their trade at The DW Stadium.
One such player was Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Clement Chantome. When I first heard of the now 25-year-old midfielder he was being dubbed the ‘next Deschamps’ and for a child of the French football domination at the turn of the century it obviously got me excited; just like when you hear ‘the next Vieira’ or ‘next Henry’.
A dynamic midfielder with a blonde bonce you could clearly see where the comparison came from.
When he broke into the PSG starting fold in 2006 times were vastly different at the club. Before the days or Qatari money dripping like oil from the walls of Parc des Princes they were struggling at the wrng end of the Ligue 1 table; usually spending their time loitering around the relegation mark with the 15th and 16th placed finishes in ’06 and ’07 their closest run-ins during their more difficult years.
With cash certainly at a premium in Paris they instead relied on their youth system in order to prosper which meant giving the likes of current West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and club captain Mamadou Sakho a chance to shine; along with the then 18-year-old Chantome.
Unfortunately the player, much like Sakho, has become a victim of PSG’s recent rise in the transfer market and only played seven 90 minutes of football in Ligue 1 last term.
Considered something of a perfect contingency plan should Maraoune Fellaini have his exit-fee initiated his lack of first-team football in the French capital means he is a likely candidate.
An excellent passer of the ball and a versatile midfielder who, like Fellaini, can play in both an advanced and holding role in the heart of the pitch he would be an excellent signing should Everton manage to snap him up this summer.
And he demonstrated what he was capable of on Tuesday with a cool finish as PSG won their third pre-season fixture of the summer.
There was no debut for Edinson Cavani as Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the show in his homeland as PSG cruised to a 2-0 win over Swedish outfit Hammarby.
And Chantome got the ball rolling with the type of composure and poise that Everton would love to have at their disposal in 2013-14.
Here is the goal….
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