Everton have River Plate youngster on trial ahead of potential loan deal


River Plate’s famous academy have exported some of the finest talent Argentina has produced over the years and Premier League club Everton are looking to become the latest beneficaries of this with a loan deal for 19-year-old Tomás Andrade.

The young playmaker caught the eye of Everton scouts when he scored against the under-19 side in River’s 3-1 defeat of Everton during the Dallas Cup and has now travelled to Merseyside to train with David Unsworth and the Everton reserves.

Everton manager, Roberto Martinez spoke about young Andrade and said: “Tomas has got that raw natural talent to use in attacking play. He is left-footed and can play in between the lines. He has a very interesting profile.

“He will need that adaptation period because he is very young and would fit in very well with our development squad.

“We will try to do a deal where we can get him on loan, with a clear plan to develop Tomas and fulfil his potential.”

“He is a young man with a terrific talent, who is already with us. Hopefully we are going to agree a loan to allow him to get used to the British game. He is one for the future, not for the first team straight away.”

Everton supporters cannot expect to see much from Andrade over the course of this proposed loan with Martinez clearly thinking of the future rather than an immediate inclusion in the first team but the Toffees could be getting their hands on a real talent.

Andrade was part of a River Plate side that won the World under-17 Club Championships in 2013 and after defeating Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, the playmaker was voted player of the tournament. At the time both these sides were then interested in keeping him in Spain but Andrade opted to return to Buenos Aires and continue playing for River.

This was not his first experience with either club as he actually had trials in Spain with Barca and Atlético as a ten-year-old after impressing with Lanús’ youth side. Feeling homesick Andrade eventually decided against staying in Spain and has since progressed through River’s youth levels.

Those within River have drawn comparisons with another of their graduates, Andrés D’Alessandro, who played for Los Millonarios until 2003 before leaving for Wolfsburg in a deal worth €9 million. Playing in that role behind the strikers Andrade’s skills, like D’Alessandro, make him a creative hub but one that can also score goals.

When asked about the comparison Andrade said: “Many say I’m like Andrés and he is a player I like very much.” D’Alessandro perhaps never really fulfilled his early promise but was a supremely talented young player who had a far greater impact on River’s first team. Andrade has not progressed to that level yet in the Monumental but Everton will be hoping that they can nurture his talents.

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