By Joe Ellis

13th Jan, 2022 | 12:10pm

McCoist and Agbonlahor exchange verdict on Digne transfer from Everton

Lucas Digne has today (13 January) completed his move from Everton to Aston Villa and pundits have had plenty to say on the matter.

Most notably on talkSPORT where ex-Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor and Rangers icon Ally McCoist were embroiled in a heated debate over the 28-year-old.

McCoist has reservations over Steven Gerrard’s purchase of Digne and even questioned the signing of Philippe Coutinho who had previously been linked with a move to Goodison Park.

Agbonlahor said live on talkSPORT: “Plays for France, international, played in the World Cup, Euros. He’s an outstanding player. You don’ think he’s a good player?”

McCoist responded: “I think he’s good.”

Agbonlahor, visibly stunned at the Scot’s opinion questioned: “Just good?”

McCoist stood his ground, saying: “Yeah I’m not sure he’s outstanding.”

Agbonlahor, still flummoxed, replied: “He flies forward he’s got pace can put in a good delivery.”

McCoist then went after Coutinho, remarking: I’m going to throw this one at you as well, I’ve got a question mark over Coutinho. I think he is an excellent player, sorry, WAS an excellent player.

“I still think there’s talent in there and I just hope that from Villa’s point of view that Steven and the rest of the team can get the best out of him.”

A Dodged Bullet

There seems to be no option to sit on the fence in the Coutinho debate. He is either going to be an incredible signing, or he will flop.

Those in the Everton camp who side with McCoist on the issue are breathing a huge sigh of relief that their club didn’t break the bank for the Brazilian.

Others will say that Everton have missed a trick and that Coutinho would have made a huge difference.

Being a former Liverpool player won’t have helped matters but Toffees fans now have to hope McCoist is right and they aren’t left regretting not taking their chance.

There is more unity in Digne’s case with the left-back wanting to leave Goodison Park for some time and a deal being agreed that suits all three parties.

He does have some ability but the questions remain if he has enough to succeed at Aston Villa under Gerrard’s leadership.

In other Everton news, an agent has suggested that Everton were just one step away from keeping Carlo Ancelotti away from Real Madrid.