According to the Liverpool Echo, The Toffees’ chief scout Martyn Glover travelled to Ewood Park on Saturday to watch Charlton’s narrow 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers – and it was The Addicks highly-rated centre-back who was the reason for his visit.
Konsa, who helped England win the Under-20 World Cup this summer, is admired by Everton boss Sam Allardyce and the 63-year-old hopes to get the deal done in January with other clubs, including Arsenal, circling.
And, despite Charlton going down 2-0, the 20-year-old’s performance against Blackburn will have left Everton in no doubt about why Addicks boss Karl Robinson claimed that Konsa is “the best young centre-back in the country, fact,”, as reported by The Sun.
Like fellow Valley graduate Joe Gomez, Konsa is a player with maturity well beyond his years. He is a classy and intelligent defender – epitomised against Blackburn as he chased down Joe Nutall and produced a perfectly timed goal saving challenge with the score still 1-0.
Though Konsa did not have a perfect evening in Lancashire, giving the ball away once or twice and looking shaky on occasions, there were enough signs to suggest that this is a boy with real talent.
So if Everton fans can overlook the odd moment of youthful naivety, chief scout Glover should provide Allardyce and co with a glowing recommendation.