Nathangelo Markelo is one of Everton’s young players who appears to have backing from the very top.
The Dutchman has previously spoken of his good relationship with his countryman and the club’s current director of football Marcel Brands.
Markelo was handed a new contract in the summer tying him down to the club he joined from FC Volendam in 2017 until the summer of 2022.
It was something Markelo spoke about with glee, insisting he sees a long-term future in the Everton first-team.
“It feels good for me to sign this contract because it means Everton sees real potential in me,” Markelo told evertonfc.com. “It gives me a lot of confidence.
“Everton is such a big club and I am so happy I have two more years to show what I can do.”
A defensive midfielder when he arrived he has since moved into a regular right-back spot and this season he was given the chance to see if he could shine at first-team level.
Markelo scored an exciting loan deal to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Twente where he immediately went into the first-team picture.
Unfortunately, despite some early promise, injury put a dampener on Markelo’s spell early. The Dutch under-21 international suffered a medial collateral ligament injury and has spent the last couple of months on the sidelines.
But he returned to action with Twente’s second team a few weeks back and was on the bench for the club’s final two games before the winter break.
He will now go into the second half of the Dutch season fully fit and looking to force his way into the starting XI as Twente chase a European spot.
If he can do that, then perhaps there is room in our first-team for a player as versatile and highly-rated as Markelo.