Ronald Koeman’s Everton are electing to go younger and integrate the next generation of talent into the Premier League. Per Royal Blue Mersey, French striker Boris Mathis hails from Ligue 1 side FC Metz and signed a two-year contract. Mathis will start his career at the Toffees by playing for the Under-23 side.
Consider this to be a diamond in the rough signing, more or less. Mathis, a native of Bron, France, only has two senior appearances under his credit. However, he began his career at a more fancied brand in Olympique Lyonnais’s youth system from 2013-15 before joining FC Metz and earning minutes for the second team. Last season, Mathis scored five goals for the reserve side, who play in the newly-renamed National 3 (formerly called CFA 2), making 25 appearances in all.
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As a young, technical forward, potential and a late bloom in scoring form, Mathis has a strong finishing ability built on pace and speed that will naturally improve with increased playing time at reserve grade. With July preseason matches against Gor Mahia FC, FC Twente and KRC Genk, the Frenchman has three chances to make a strong impression and introduce himself to the Everton faithful.
“I am very happy and honoured to sign for Everton,” said Mathis. “It is a great club and I have always liked English football and the Premier League. I have followed Everton from France. The Club has some great players and I’m very excited to become part of it.
“My first impressions have been very good. I like the movement and the intensity of the players. Everyone has also been very welcoming to me as well, which has been nice. [Everton Under-23 coach] David Unsworth is a very good coach. Of course, he played in the Premier League and I can already see how good he is. My dream is to play for the first team here. Ronald Koeman is a huge figure, not only as a coach now but his reputation as a player speaks for itself as well. I want to play in the Premier League for Everton.”
Boris is a young lad with big ambitions, and don’t be surprised if his efforts in preseason and with the Under-23s leads to a new shining star among the Toffees as they get set to launch their 2017-18 campaign with a bang.