In his time as Napoli manager, Carlo Ancelotti had the chance to work with Kalidou Koulibaly – the 6 foot 5 powerhouse who has developed into one of the world’s leading defenders.
The current Everton boss insisted that the centre-back “belongs in the category of Maldini, Thuram, Thiago Silva, and Sergio Ramos”. High praise indeed.
Naturally, Ancelotti will be keen on finding another centre-back at Goodison Park who could well be his new version of Koulibaly. And that is where Everton’s reported interest in Tosin Adarabioyo comes in.
According to 90min, “Everton are at the front of the queue” to sign the centre-back, but that they will face competition from numerous teams from both the Championship and Premier League for his signature.
It’s further suggested that despite him heading into just 12 months of his contract at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola’s side will set the asking price at an initial £20m. And when you look at the kind of praise that has headed Adarabioyo’s way then it is easy to see why.
Having signed the 6 foot 5 machine on a season-long loan last summer, Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray waxed lyrical about what the defender could bring to the team.
“He’s 6ft 5in, he’s fast, mobile and good on the ball, just as you’d expect coming from a club like Manchester City. He’s played in the Champions League for them and we’re hoping that he’ll bring his talents here to help us win games.”
The season before, when he was on loan at West Brom, then Baggies boss Darren Moore also spoke glowingly of his new recruit.
“He’s mature for one so young. He’s got a size and a stature, a great understanding of the game and a wonderful temperament. The boy has a determination to go to the very highest level of the game.”
Adarabioyo’s physical profile makes him as close to Koulibaly as possible, with Mowbray in particular even lauding how fast he is even despite his size. He would represent a commanding presence at the back for Everton were he to sign for the club.
Having also been described as a “high quality, class player” by his Blackburn boss, Adarabioyo has got the personal references for Ancelotti to really take a liking to him.
His new Koulibaly could be unearthed also immediately.