Noel Whelan has backed Chelsea teenager Levi Colwill to succeed if he joins Everton on loan next season.
The Lowdown: Mature Beyond his Years
This Huddersfield Town loanee is only 19, but his performance for the Yorkshire in his first of professional football belied his youth.
The Cobham Academy graduate has made 30 appearances in the championship this season and has a WhoScored rating of 7.01, the fourth highest at the Terriers, as he contributed to his side reaching the Playoffs final.
The Sun have reported that Everton scouts have watched the U21 England international this season.
Crystal Palace are also said to be fans, but manager Frank Lampard hopes that his connection to the west London club as a former player, as well his experience developing former Blues loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori whilst at Derby County, will help the Toffees secure their man.
The Latest: Noel Whelan is a Fan
Speaking to the Football Insider, the former Leeds striker believes that Colwill could be a hit at Goodison under the tutelage of the former Chelsea manager.
“He [Lampard] did really well with youth when he was at Chelsea.”
“He’s had invaluable experience with Huddersfield this season. Their job still isn’t done.
“He has obviously been watched closely by the scouts at Everton. He may well have been on Lampard’s radar after his time at Chelsea.”
Whelan claims that some of the more experienced defenders at the Merseyside club, such as Michael Keane and Yerry Mina, may be at risk due to the Southampton-born centre back’s arrival.
“Michael Keane hasn’t been good enough. Yerry Mina isn’t consistent enough.
“That’s why they’re looking to someone like Colwill to come in and refresh that defence.”
The Verdict: No Risk Move
The 6 foot 2 youngster has been pivotal at the heart of Huddersfield’s defence. He is top three in the team for tackles, interceptions, and clearances, and is fourth in blocks, as per FBRef.
“I think he’s going to be one of the most important centre-backs for this country in the future.
“I am seeing a player with a lot of potential and a lot of personality.”
“Colwill is adapting well to senior football and I feel in another year he will have grown even more than he has done right now.”
Considering Everton has conceded the 15th highest amount in the Premier League this season, they have nothing to lose by bringing this promising young talent to Goodison Park.