Leeds United-linked right-back Linus Walhqvist could be the ideal addition for an Everton side needing reinforcements in that position.
Steve Walsh (L) is getting the old Leicester City band back together at Everton
The arrival of Ole Nielsen at Everton may not have the Premier League’s top six quaking in their boots but his appointment is just another piece in the jigsaw as the ambitious Toffees continue to put their plans in place for a bright future.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Director of Football Steve Walsh brought Nielsen to Goodison Park having worked with him at Leicester City. And Nielsen himself confirmed that he has been snapped up to identify the most promising talents available on the under-the-radar Scandinavian market.
It is somewhat rare for English clubs to sign directly from the likes of Norway, Denmark or Sweden with their brightest stars frequently making their name in Holland or Belgium before potentially making the step up to larger European leagues.
However, Nielsen’s knowledge and contacts could give Everton a head-start. And fans will immediately be wondering just what calibre of signing they can expect from northern Europe.
How about a highly-rated right-back with five international caps under his belt at the tender age of 20? It is no secret that Everton want to reinforce the right of their defence with Seamus Coleman’s broken ankle ruling him out indefinitely.
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Yet, despite links with Kieran Trippier, Ahmed Elmohamady and Bacary Sagna, youngster Mason Holgate remains the only option at manager Ronald Koeman’s disposal. However, Nielsen will surely be aware of the talents of Norrkoping right-back Linus Wahlqvist.
The Swedish defender, who is representing his country at the Under-21 European Championships in Poland this summer, has been heavily linked with Leeds United in recent months, as reported by Voetbal Belgie.
However, he is exactly the kind of player Everton have been targeting as they look to build an exciting squad for the future; young, affordable and with bags of potential.
Wahlqvist would not be the sort of marquee signing that would confirm Everton as Champions League challengers but he would highlight Nielsen’s eye for an unpolished diamond.