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Nigerian youngster Tim Iroegbunam joins Everton from Aston Villa

 

 

TIM Iroegbunam, a young midfielder born in England to Nigerian parents, has completed a switch from Aston Villa to Everton.

The Toffees confirmed today that the 20-year-old has joined them on a long-term deal.

The move is believed to have cost Everton around £10 million, although they did not disclose the value.

“Tim Iroegbunam has signed for Everton from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, the 20-year-old central midfielder agreeing a three-year deal until the end of June 2027,” Everton said in an official statement today.

“The exciting England youth international becomes the Blues’ first summer signing and will link-up with his new teammates when Sean Dyche’s side report back to Finch Farm for the start of pre-season next month.

“An athletic and combative player, Iroegbunam has represented the Three Lions at Under-20 level, having been part of the side that won the UEFA Under-19s European Championships in 2022.

“After enjoying a stand-out campaign on loan with Championship outfit QPR in 2022/23 – where he made 32 league appearances and scored two goals – Birmingham-born Iroegbunam returned to Aston Villa last season as Unai Emery’s side secured a fourth-placed finish.”

Iroegbunam made 15 senior appearances for Aston Villa last season, including nine in the English Premier League as they finished an impressive fourth.

He also made his first outings in European competition in last season, featuring in both legs of Villa’s round of 16 Europa Conference League win over Ajax, as well as being involved against Lille and Olympiacos in later stages as the club reached the semi-finals of the competition.

“I’m very pleased. Everton is an amazing club, a big club and I’m just really happy to join and I can’t wait to get started,” Iroegbunam told evertontv after completing the move.

“It was a move that I didn’t want to pass by. I wanted to take the opportunity.

“When I spoke to Kevin [Thelwell], he told me more about the Club – its history, the future and where they see me playing. It made me feel very excited because there are big things coming, especially with the new stadium.

“When I’ve been to Goodison as an opposition player, I’ve seen how the Everton fans are. You can tell straight away what the atmosphere is like – they are always backing the team. I’m going to work hard for them.

“I just can’t wait to get started. I’m going to give everything and I can’t wait to show what I can bring to this club.”

Describing his playing style, Iroegbunam added: “I’d say I’m a player who does a bit of both – I like to get forward, carry the ball up the pitch but, at the same time, I like to get stuck in, win tackles and work hard.

“It was very important for me to get the move sorted quickly. It means I can get settled in and come in from day one and take my chance to impress from the start of pre-season.

“I know the manager likes his teams to be on the front foot, be direct and work hard. For that you need to be fit and being here for the full pre-season is going to help me get up to those fitness levels to do all of those things. I’m ready for it.”

Everton manager Sean Dyche said: “We’re pleased to add Tim to our midfield options. He is a young player who is still learning and developing but clearly has a lot of the qualities we want in that area of the pitch.

“My coaching staff and I are looking forward to starting to work with him in pre-season.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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