Left-back Niels Nkounkou joined Everton on a free transfer from Ligue 1 giants Olympique de Marseille in July 2020, agreeing a three-year deal with the Blues.
Nkounkou, who played for Marseille’s B team in 2019/20 having progressed through the club’s youth ranks, was born in Pontoise, a suburb of Paris.
He has France caps at Under-18 and Under-19 levels.
Upon Nkounkou's arrival at Everton, Director of Football Marcel Brands described the defender as “a young, talented player with good technical and physical skills".
The player celebrated his 20th birthday with a Premier League debut at Newcastle United on 1 November 2020 following rampaging displays in League Cup victories over Salford City, Fleetwood Town and West Ham United.
Nkounkou played as a substitute in an FA Cup third-round success against Rotherham United and his second league appearance came from the bench, on the season's final day, at Manchester City.