It is a transfer that probably passed many an Everton fan by last summer. But just over a year ago the Toffees snapped up talented Dutchman Nathangelo Markelo from FC Volendam.
The Dutch youth international was scouted during an international club tournament and Everton swiftly snapped him up.
Brought in to cover for Beni Baningime’s rise to the senior squad, he has, in fact, played most of the season as a right-back due to lack of options in the Everton youth system at that position.
But it is in the heart of midfield where Everton will hope to play him for the under-23s next season.
However, given his natural talent, could Markelo be in line for a first-team push next term.
Markelo can play all over the pitch. Right-back, centre-back and left-back are all areas he can cover, although defensive midfield is undoubtedly his best position.
With fellow Dutchman Marcel Brands arriving as director of football, you can be sure he is fully aware of Markelo’s talents and will be keeping a keen eye on his development this season.
If he can impress in pre-season and the likes of Baningime, Callum Connolly or Joe Williams end up leaving on loan or permanently then Markelo might just be in and around first-team training next season.
A debut might be a difficult stretch, but do not discount the Dutch teen from appearing on the Everton first-team radar next season.