Santiago Sosa is expected to become Everton’s first summer signing. But just who on earth is this little-known 20-year-old who has just four senior appearances to his name?
Well, there are few better people to ask than Tim Vickery, a bonafide bastion of South American football knowledge who loves nothing more than to spot a diamond in the rough.
Speaking to Hawksbee and Jacobs on talkSPORT (5 June, 3.30pm), he has told Everton fans what to expect from Marcel Brands’s latest rising star.
“I like him a lot. He sits in front of the back four, he’s tall, he’s commanding, he’s got a terrific pass. Defensively, I’m not sure about him and he’s also only had four first-team games when River Plate have fielded under-strength sides,” Vickery said.
“So he’s not even bedded in yet as a senior player in Argentine football. Which means that, if he moves to Everton, there’s a player there but certainly one for the future.”
Argentinian newspaper Ole claimed earlier this week that Everton have reached an agreement to sign Sosa for a fee of around £13 million with Copa Libertadores winners River Plate expected to cash in on the coveted young midfielder.
Everton are now awaiting a work permit.
It remains to be seen what role Sosa will have in Marco Silva’s plans at Goodison Park but could he be the long-term successor to Idrissa Gana Gueye at the base of the midfield?
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