Kompany has played alongside Odjidja-Ofoe for the Belgian national team and Hamburg, and after it emerged David Moyes had swooped late on Friday, he tweeted: ‘Everton fans might not even know it but their club has done an incredible bit of business. Vadis Odjija is a top player, mark my words’. Moyes has been aware of the six-foot tall midfielder for some time, as an avowed admirer of Belgium’s shining crop of young players, and Ofoe would be the third member of that golden generation to sign for Everton after Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas.
But the Blues boss will also be keen to ensure that Ofoe continues to mature, after his early career has been marred by accusations of an attitude-problem and inability to settle at a club. Everton would be the Gent-born player’s fourth club at the age of just 23, and he struggled to adapt the first time he left Belgium in a high-profile move to Hamburg, although by his own admission he has grown up since. “I told myself to put all side projects aside,” he told Club Brugge’s website about his preparations for last season.
“I worked hard, and my focus was 100% on football, and it paid off. “Physically, I feel better this season, I recover more quickly; feel less tired during games and training sessions. Maybe I was putting too much energy in the things that weren’t all that important. Because I had trouble handling criticism.