You’d forgive Everton fans for not being absolutely clued up on the career of Thomas Delaney. After all, the 25-year-old spent the entirety of his professional life in his homeland with FC Copenhagen until his January switch to Bundesliga coffin-dodgers Werder Bremen handed him an overdue opportunity in a major European league.
Yet, Everton boss Ronald Koeman clearly sees something in the eleven-time Danish international. Enough to attempt to swoop in with an £8 million January bid even before he had pulled on a Bremen shirt, The Sun reported.
As a surefire sign of their adoration, the publication adds that the 2004 Bundesliga champions had cobbled together a measly £1.5 million to sign the Copenhagen kingpin in the summer before allowing him to remain on loan until after the German winter break.
However, you can’t help but wonder if one long-range wondergoal was a major factor in Delaney’s price tag rising beyond all comprehension in just a few months.
It’s fair to say even the most anorak-wearing, moustache-twirling hipster would have struggled to hype himself up ahead of FC Copenhagen’s Champions League Group Stage clash with Club Brugge; until Delaney took aim from all of 25 yards that is.
Say no more. Get dialling Ronald.