Talented Everton midfielder Imam Jagne terminates contract with the club
Teenage Everton midfielder Imam Jagne has terminated his contract with the club and returned to his home country of Sweden, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Everton signed the talented youngster from BK Hacken in October 2020 and he went on to impress then-U23s boss David Unsworth.
Unsworth admitted Jagne was “the future” and implied the midfielder would go on to do great things at Goodison Park.
“He’s going to be a great athlete. He can handle the ball, he’s a great presser of the ball,” said Unsworth following his U23s debut as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“I’d say when he develops and matures he will be more of a box-to-box midfielder. He’s got great energy and you don’t want to bog him down into a holding midfield role.
“I think he can play in all of the midfield roles centrally; in a two, he can hold, and he can play wide of the three. There’s loads and loads of development in there and he’s certainly one for the future.”
Jagne established himself as a regular in Everton’s youth setup during his first season on Merseyside making 15 league appearances for the U18s alongside six matches for the U23s side in Premier League 2.
Unsworth’s words run deep with this one, Jagne certainly had all the attributes to thrive in the English top flight and his ceiling was extremely high.
Nevertheless, it seems leaving the club was the best option for all parties involved, you can’t keep a player against his will, especially a teenage talent.
It’s unclear where Jagne will be during the next step in his career, likely he will test himself in the lower leagues of his native Sweden before considering another European move.
Jagne is the latest promising teenager to depart in recent months, joining 17-year-old Emilio Lawrence who made the switch to Manchester City earlier this week.
Keeping hold of your youth talents is vital with new homegrown player rules wreaking havoc in the English top flight, the Blues need to be wary of this.