Attack-minded left-back Lucas Digne came to Everton in in summer 2018 when he joined from La Liga giants Barcelona.
He went on to enjoy a standout debut campaign at Goodison Park, consistently blending polished defending with purposeful forays into the final third.
Digne’s tally of 52 chances created in 2018/19 was higher than any other defender in Europe’s top-five leagues, while his 280 crosses was the most provided by any player in England’s top division.
His outstanding form was rewarded with a recall to the France squad and he claimed the Club's blue-riband Player of the Season award. Digne shared the Players' Player of the Season prize with combative midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye.
The full-back has won league titles with European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona and was a key player for Roma when the Serie A giants reached the Champions League knockout stages in 2016.
He arrived at Everton having amassed 21 international caps and been part of the France squad which finished runners-up in its home European Championship in 2016.
Born in Paris, Digne has represented his country at every level from Under-16 through to the senior side and began his career in the academy of LOSC Lille.
The defender established himself as a fixture in Lille’s first team after making his Ligue 1 debut aged 18 in January 2012, starting 13 of the closing 15 matches as his side pieced together a wonderful late run to finish third and claim Ligue 1’s final Champions League berth.
He crowned a sparkling 2012/13 – when he scored against Copenhagen to help Lille navigate the Champions League final qualifying round and played 44 games in all – by winning the Under-20 World Cup with France.
Days after that success with his national team, the teenage Digne was prised from Lille by PSG, the capital club shelling out £13.5million for one of the country’s hottest defensive talents.
Returning to his home city, Digne helped PSG retain the Ligue 1 crown and halt a six-year wait for the Coupe de la Ligue in his debut season, earning a call-up for the World Cup in Brazil where he featured in a goalless group-stage draw with Ecuador.
Digne’s second campaign at the Parc des Princes proved the most fruitful yet of the defender’s embryonic career as PSG went one better and added the Coupe de France to further league and Coupe de la Ligue successes.
The player traded his homeland for Italy when he agreed a temporary switch to Roma during the summer transfer window in 2015.
Digne’s lightning start at the Olympic Stadium, when he excelled in his new team’s 2-1 win over Juventus, served as a pointer to the fabulous campaign which would unfold.
He featured in 42 matches for Roma, with Digne's swashbuckling presence on the left flank integral to his club leading the Serie A scoring charts and securing a top-three finish.
Roma's Champions League campaign was ended by eventual winners Real Madrid in the last 16 but Digne’s vibrant form attracted the attention of Real’s arch rivals Barcelona.
The five-times European champions moved to capture Digne on permanent terms in summer 2016, paying PSG £13.9m for the player and inserting a £51m buy-out clause in his five-year deal.
Digne contested the Nou Camp left-back spot with Spain’s Euro 2012 winner Jordi Alba but nevertheless chalked up 26 outings in all competitions in his first year in Catalonia. Barca ended the season by winning the Copa del Rey, with Digne having scored his first goal for the club in that competition as they dismantled Hercules 7-0 in the opening round.
Digne played a further 20 times in 2017/18 as Barcelona landed a league and cup double – the eighth and ninth major honours of his career – and was on target in a 3-1 Champions League win over Olympiakos in October of that season.
After earning his 21st France cap against Colombia in March 2018, he was named on standby for the squad which won the World Cup in Russia.
Digne completed his move to Goodison Park on August 1, 2018.
He was recalled to Didier Deschamps' formidable France squad in October after an eye-catching start to his Everton career and sustained his impressive form throughout the campaign, Digne firmly establishing himself as one of the Premier League's pre-eminent left-backs.
Digne started all but three of Everton's Premier League games in his second full campaign in 2019/20. Only two top-flight players supplied more than his 270 crosses and his tally of seven assists was third highest among the division's defenders.
He played four cup matches, too, and scored one of his team's best goals of the season with a stunning free-kick in a Carabao Cup victory at Lincoln City.
Everton pulled off a coup when the full-back committed his long-term future to the Club by signing a new four-year contract in February 2021.
Digne began every Premier League match for which he was available in 2020/21, ultimately featuring 30 times in the competition after overcoming a serious early-season ankle injury far in advance of a broadly-anticipated distant return date.
He supplied 215 crosses, sixth most of any player in the division, and was joint-second among defenders for assists after matching his previous season's total of seven.
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