Everton have started the new season with five consecutive victories across all competitions and the club’s transfer business is proving to be inspired.
New faces James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan have quickly settled into the starting XI, playing a massive role in the Toffees winning the opening three league matches.
The Merseyside club have also progressed past two stages of the Carabao Cup and they play the fourth round of the competition on Wednesday night at home to West Ham.
One signing that perhaps went under the radar was the capture of defender Niels Nkounkou, who was signed following his departure from Marseille and he’s quickly shown Everton fans that he’s a massive prospect.
Nkounkou has started in Carabao Cup wins over Salford and Fleetwood Town so far, which have been his first two senior appearances in his career.
The unknown 19-year-old has slotted into the left-back role as if he’s a seasoned veteran and has delivered performances to suggest he’ll be part of the first-team squad under manager Carlo Ancelotti moving forward.
He’s an attack-minded full-back with plenty of pace and creativity in the final third, with supporters massively impressed by him so far.
But the Frenchman can seriously announce his arrival in midweek in his first test against top-flight opposition, as Everton welcome West Ham to Goodison Park.
Based on previous rounds and team selection, it looks like Nkounkou could be in direction competition with West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko.
30-year-old Yarmolenko, who cost West Ham £17.5million (Sky Sports), is an experienced right-winger that is likely to seriously test out Everton’s teenager and it won’t be a surprise to see them target his side.
The Ukraine international has scored two goals and managed three assists in the previous two rounds of the competitions, which should give him massive confidence going into the game.
Nkounkou has looked massively impressive against lower-league opposition so far in an Everton shirt, but he can really announce his arrival if he’s given the chance to test himself against Yarmolenko.