Since 2013 Lucas Digne has called two of the biggest European clubs home in the form of Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, yet during the most recent transfer window the 25-year-old French international made a life-changing decision by joining what he called a “Project”, one being lead by Marco Silva who the Frenchman simply had a “good feeling” about.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Digne explained why he made the switch to Goodison Park thereby leaving a Spanish giant behind in the process.
”The project and the coach. When I spoke with the coach he told me good things and I had a good feeling. The new project was very good and we will see what happens in the future.
”The coach has a very good mentality for the game, he wants to play with the ball and wants to play offensive football. I like to play like this way.
”The coach is new and you have a lot of new players. We have a good mix because we have experienced players who have played here for a few years and we can learn together and get the club higher up the table.”
The in-form defender is not the first to comment on Marco Silva’s approach and mentality. Evertonians such as Seamus Coleman and most recently Bassala Sambou have gone on record with their admiration for the Portuguese manager.
Throughout the 2018/2019 season Digne has taken the opportunities presented to him by Silva and made the most of it. Since his first start in the Carabao Cup against Rotherham United to Everton’s final match before the international break which incidentally saw him picked over the veteran Leighton Baines, Digne has proven to be both an asset in attack and defense.
Unsurprisingly, he hasn’t missed the fact that the Toffees' slow start to the Premier League season which has seen them collect 6 points in 4 games though remaining undefeated is less then what the club expected, especially against the opposition they have faced.
“I think we deserve more.
“Some games we deserved to win, but football is like this and we are unbeaten, which is positive. We need to win the next game to continue what we have started.”
Everton’s next fixture will be at home on Sunday against the ever struggling West Ham United and the team, Digne included, will no doubt believe they should walk away with the win. This writer expects him to maintain a starting position over Baines and will be watching his performance enthusiastically as he grows into the long term replacement he was brought in to be.