Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori proving a capable successor to Phil Jagielka

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Last weekend's clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was something of a homecoming for Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori.

The Argentine revealed earlier this season that he and brother Rogelio Funes Mori once had a two-week trial in London with the Blues, but were forced to leave due to passport issues.

When Everton signed the little-known defender on Transfer Deadline Day last summer for £9.7 million from River Plate, many regarded his arrival as a panic buy in a last-ditch bid to bolster their defence.


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However, fast forward six months and the centre-back has become a fan favorite at Goodison Park thanks to a string of impressive performances in Phil Jagielka's absence.

Funes Mori has also proved a threat going forward, scoring three goals in all competitions this season, two of which coming against Chelsea and Manchester City.


Club captain Jagielka has been a mainstay in Everton's defence since joining from Sheffield United in 2007, making over 250 league appearances.

At 33-years-old, however, the Englishman is approaching the latter years of his career and in Funes Mori, they have the perfect replacement.

Still only 24, the Argentina international has a long career ahead of him and the best part of that could be spent at the heart of the Everton's defence, alongside England starlet John Stones.

And amidst various rumours linking the latter with a move away from Merseyside to the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid, Funes Mori's role at the club could prove even more significant.

Signed for just under £10 million, the centre-back could soon prove a resounding bargain should he continue to churn out such performances.

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