Who is Ezri Konsa?

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Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Celtic are all interested in securing the youngsters signature.

So who exactly is Konsa? Sam May gives you a rundown of all you need to know…

 

Factfile

Name: Ezri Konsa

Age: 19

Position: Centre-back

Club: Charlton Athletic

 

Background

The starlet joined Charlton’s youth academy as an under-11 and has worked his way up the clubs highly regarded youth set-up, which has seen the likes of Joe Gomez graduate from.

He made his professional debut in the 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham in the EFL Cup back in August and has made 12 appearances so far this season in all competitions.

Being given the chance, his performances have been noted, despite missing a penalty in the Checkatrade Throphy defeat to Colchester earlier this month, with a number of clubs plotting a raid.

 

Style of play

Being a versatile player, Konsa can also play in centre midfield as well as his favoured central defensive position. He has featured as a full back for the Addicks and has a similar style of play to that of Liverpool’s Joe Gomez.

Despite his lack of experience, the youngster has shown he has what it takes to withstand the rigors of League One and therefore would have what it takes to make the next step up.

The 19-year-old’s pace, skill and confidence in possession makes him a strong defender, with a level of composure that belies his tender years. Konsa’s imposing physical presence is what first catches the eye. He is powerful in the air and also a threat at set-pieces.

 

Availability

Konsa signed a contract with Charlton last December that runs through to 2019, clearly this shows that they rate him highly.

The Addicks will know doubt want a hefty fee for the player, who they have nurtured from the age of 11.

 

What they have said

Former Charlton manager Russell Slade previously gave his thoughts on the rising star: “Every game will be a massive, massive learning curve for him.

“There’s a few little habits needed to sort out, but these will only help him.

“But he’s got some good role models around him now, with the likes of [Jason] Pearce and [Andrew] Crofts.

“There are some good role models around and I think that’s very important for the younger players.”

Its looking more and more likely that Konsa will leave Charlton to pursue his learning else where, sooner rather than later.

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