Hornby completes move to Ligue 1

Wednesday, 1 July, 2020 7comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U23 striker Fraser Hornby's transfer to Stade de Reims in France has been confirmed.

The 20-year-old striker was reportedly being lined up by the Ligue 1 club for a £1.8m move last month and his switch has now been completed for an officially undisclosed fee.

Hornby made one senior appearance for the Blues in the same game that Anthony Gordon was handed his first-team debut, the win over Apallon Limassol in 2017.  

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Alex Carew
1 Posted 02/07/2020 at 00:06:05
I've not really followed his career but heard his name mentioned a few times and it always sounded positive. What's the bet we see this guy signing for Chelsea in 3 years for 㿞M?
Justin Doone
2 Posted 02/07/2020 at 00:28:58
As a striker, he's not Premier League standard but, at 20, he's got time to improve.

He's more of a target man in the mould of Calvert-Lewin, only slower with less ability. I see him behind Tarashaj, the Swiss lad who it appears we are also getting shut of, albeit in another year.

Good move for him, he needs 2 or 3 years to find his level and then he may be back in the Championship or Scottish Premier League.

Steve Ferns
3 Posted 02/07/2020 at 00:47:34
Hornby is not a striker. I know people liked to go on about Calvert-Lewin being a converted striker and saying he's not natural, well I doubt those people have seen Hornby.

The lad played midfield and suddenly had a massive growth spurt and became a tall lad. He scored a few goals from midfield and with his new frame it was thought he could be a target man.

He was decent in the air at that level and his link-up play was decent. He could win the ball and hold it up and lay it off into midfield, like Duncan would have taught him.

The problem is, he's just not a penalty box attacker. He didn't have a clue where to run and was always in the wrong place.

He did keep scoring, but if they weren't with his head then they were from outside the box, ie, a midfielder's goal. Which is what got him noticed. Such as the spectacular brace for Scotland U21.

The bottom line is, he was never prolific, even in a very good title-winning side, and he was never going to make the step up.

If the lad does make it, and I hope he does, then it'll be because he dropped back into midfield and played to his strengths. Perhaps he could model his game on Fellaini.

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 02/07/2020 at 02:37:17

About a million to one. He scored for the Scotland Under-21s then started talking himself up in The Echo. He's an awkwardly built, okish midfielder. Championship at best.

Alex Carew
5 Posted 02/07/2020 at 05:41:51
Ha ha, sounds like we've made a steal then. :-)
Phill Thompson
6 Posted 02/07/2020 at 11:10:19
A good summary, Steve, says it all really. The switch from midfield was a decent gamble to make and just may have enabled him to make a career in football, but never looked like coming off last season when he and Sambou missed far too many chances.

Good luck to him, I was worried he was going to come back and block chances for Simms and Dobbin.

Jack Convery
7 Posted 02/07/2020 at 21:01:50
Good luck to him.

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