Everton have announced that their defender Lucas Digne has picked up an injury – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter have responded by claiming it’s a great opportunity for Niels Nkounkou to step up.
The Toffees confirmed Thursday evening on their official website that 27-year-old left-back Digne has suffered an ankle ligament injury and he’s set to undergo surgery on Monday.
There is no timescale put on when he could return, but France Football reported earlier he will be out of action for two months.
With Digne set for a spell on the sidelines, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is going to need to find a solution in the full-back position and there are two obvious candidates.
Experienced versatile star Fabian Delph has been used at left-back in the past and could step in, alternatively 20-year-old talent Nkounkou would be more like-for-like replacement.
A selection of Everton supporters on social media have made it clear they want to see Nkounkou given his chance as the stand-in for Digne.
The Young Frenchman is an attack-minded left-back that has impressed in his four senior appearances since he joined in the summer, but it would be a big task to step into the main XI for a period of time and three of his games have come in the Carabao Cup.
He’s a speed machine that looks dangerous going forward, but he’ll have a lot of defensive questions asked of him if he plays in top-flight games.
Here are some Everton fans discussing Nkounkou:
Unleash the Nkounkou
— Mutley (@nooouch) November 26, 2020
Absolutely gutted about Digne being injured. Step up NKounkou, the one thing we are good at as a club it’s developing left backs. Hope he gets the nod over Delph.
— UTFT (@BluItaliano1878) November 26, 2020
Massive shame about @LucasDigne, big opportunity for Nkounkou
— Chris Lee (@chrislee1878) November 26, 2020
The streets are not ready for Nkounkou trust me🔵
— Jay (@JayL1878) November 26, 2020
— paige ™️ (@PaigeyEFC) November 26, 2020
Awful news about Digne.
He will be a massive loss as he is so key to how we play.
Just when he had been reunited with Richarlison as well!
Big chance for Nkounkou to impress further #EFC
— Chris (@Chris1878_) November 26, 2020
Gutted over Digne obviously but quite looking forward too having a look at Nkounkou he is decent I reckon!!!👍👌💙#UTFT
— James🎧Hughes (@jayhughesefc) November 26, 2020
Nkounkou will shine with consistent game time
— Cal (@CallumCalwillo) November 26, 2020
@NielsNkounkou massive chance for nkounkou to step up now
— dylan davies (@dylanjd14) November 26, 2020