João Virgínia

Portuguese goalkeeper Joao Virginia signed for Everton from Arsenal in August 2018 and was a double winner with the Club's Under-23s in his debut campaign.

Indeed, Virginia's influence was etched through the Under-23s' twin successes. He recorded nine clean sheets in 12 Premier League 2 matches and was unbeaten in Everton's Premier League Cup semi-final and final victories over Swansea City and Newcastle United respectively.

Born in Faro, the keeper came through Benfica’s academy before leaving the Lisbon giants for Arsenal in 2015.

Virginia made a combined 22 appearances for the London club's Under-18 and Under-23 teams in 2017/18.

He was part of the Portugal side that beat Italy in the Under-19 European Championship final in Finland in July 2018.

Virginia has represented his country at every level from Under-16 to Under-21 and was in the Portugal squad which competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Virginia joined Championship club Reading on loan for the first half of the 2019/20 season, before returning to Everton in January 2020.

Contracted Until: June 2021