By Danny Wright
Everton have confirmed they have signed young striker Boris Mathis.
The Merseysiders announced that they had agreed terms and completed a deal to snap up the 19-year-old on their official Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
It confirmed that Mathis has signed a “two-year contract” and that he will play for the Everton Under-23s in the upcoming campaign after he was released by French outfit Metz.
— Everton (@Everton) July 5, 2017
Mathis has limited first-team experience under his belt, after just earning two senior appearances with Metz last season as he came off the bench twice in April.
He rose through the ranks of the academy at Lyon, before switching to Metz in 2015.
The youngster becomes the second striker that Everton have snapped up this summer as he follows Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez to Goodison Park after he secured his transfer from Malaga.
Incredibly, Mathis has become Ronald Koeman’s sixth signing of the transfer window so far, after Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Henry Onyekuru, Sandro and Michael Keane were all announced through the door.
Football Insider Verdict
Although Koeman has sealed six new signings, two of them definitely appear to be for the future. With Onyekuru going out on loan to Anderlecht, a similar move might be expected for Mathis, who at the age of 19 needs to really earn some more first-team experience to build upon what he started at Metz. The Frenchman comes to Goodison Park with good pedigree. Lyon has one of the best academies in France while Everton’s youth recruitment is known to be very solid. It’s hard to see how anything can go wrong with this deal as Mathis is a young, exciting striker who arrives on Merseyside free of charge.
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