I was looking, like thousands of other Evertonians, at the pictures of our incredible U23s lifting the Premier League Trophy and it got me thinking. What will become of this golden generation?
I decided to look over the contract situation for each of the young lads involved and was really impressed with how well the club has handled their contract situations collectively.
We all know about Tom Davies's and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's new contracts, but quietly the club has got several of the promising youngsters to sign contract extensions within the last 12 months or so.
Kieran Dowell signed last summer for a further 3 years to 2019, while Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny, Harry Charsley and Joe Williams also have signed extensions since.
Williams is contracted now until 2020, while the others mentioned are here till 2019, which is also the cut-off point for Bassala Sambou, Callum Connolly, Liam Walsh and Matty Foulds.
The much improved Beni Baningime has 1 year left to run, as does Morgan Feeney – and you would imagine that their contracts would be extended within the next 6 months or so.
David Henen is, perhaps, the only player whose 2018 contract will be allowed to expire.
This summer, the contracts run down on both goalkeepers, Mateus Hewelt, and Louis Gray and on Calum Dyson, who was voted Young Player of the Year on loan at Grimsby Town in League Two and may be itching to move on for first-team football at a lower level.
Also, Gethin Jones and Anthony Evans are still without a new contract for next season, but all-in-all I think we, as fans, should take our hats off to the club for keeping an eye on the contracts of this incredible crop of youngsters. We really are putting ourselves in a position to take advantage.
They probably won't all make it in the Premier League, but it is encouraging to know that those that do will be given the opportunity to do so at Everton.
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1 Posted 09/05/2017 at 16:41:31
I've always been impressed by Gethin Jones when I've watched him, no-nonsense, thick set defender with a bit of pace. Hadn't heard much about him after going on loan to Barnsley, had a look and here is what one of their 'pundits' said about him:
"Tactically inept, I know he is a young lad but doesn't know when to go forward or defend. Would like to see a academy lad in that position, surely there is one."
Same wag rates Matty James (loan from Leicester), Ryan Kent (loan from the dark side) & Andy Yiadom.
2 Posted 09/05/2017 at 18:35:48
Let's hope that a few of the current batch follow Davies lead and nail down places in the first team squad next season. The good thing is that the club are giving them the contracts for the opportunity to succeed rather than look at the immediate bottom line. (Remember Osman took his time to come through.)
3 Posted 09/05/2017 at 19:53:23
4 Posted 09/05/2017 at 21:46:32
He looked a great prospect two or three years ago but hasn't been really used by Everton the last 18 months. He has been out on loan at minor non-league clubs and then Motherwell but his future doesn't look very bright, that is, when it comes to Everton.
6 Posted 09/05/2017 at 22:28:11
I hope he is pretty useful on grass as well!
Did you get to see the boys last night? How many do they reckon showed up?
7 Posted 09/05/2017 at 22:28:26
And the lad from Switzerland I believe he was loaned out to a German club.
8 Posted 09/05/2017 at 22:40:01
10 Posted 09/05/2017 at 23:34:00
The Australian lad never got anywhere near international cricket, and simply faded away; the South African was Faf du Plessis, who has so far played 40 Test matches, and is still going strong!
12 Posted 10/05/2017 at 10:18:00
13 Posted 10/05/2017 at 11:33:05
Browning signed a new contract in January till 2019.
14 Posted 10/05/2017 at 14:43:13
15 Posted 10/05/2017 at 20:20:30
16 Posted 11/05/2017 at 08:44:41
Yes I should take more time and check what I am posting.
I went to the game, disappointing result, they had chances to win, but that's football and Derby matches!!!!
Most fans who went picked the same players who seemed to stand out with Beni Banginime, who I know you like, having a very good game along with the captain Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams. Sambou tried hard and missed a couple of chances but looked like a player likely to improve.
The night finished with the presentation and I think most of the reported 17,000 went home happy, especially the red fans who were spread around the ground.
17 Posted 14/05/2017 at 09:54:18
Not that long ago, Luke Garbutt was seen as the natural successor to Leighton Baines... and then it was Browning... then Galloway who would solve our defensive problems for the next 10 years. Sent out on loan football's version of the litter bin they sank without trace and will, no doubt, never be seen here again.
On the other hand, Tom Davies has been a success and is already far less dispensable than the older Barkley, so not quite all is lost. The best since Rooney, some say. We shall see.
18 Posted 14/05/2017 at 13:31:48
I haven't given up on Galloway, who has had a season wasted by going to WBA on loan and hardly playing. Browning had a bad injury and was at Preston NE on loan to the end of the season.
Phil, are you doing okay in Cyprus? All that sun is making you very grumpy, or are you just naturally that way?
19 Posted 17/05/2017 at 20:10:45
Sam Byrne (had a long term injury)
Courtney Dufus (had a long term injury)
Tyrone Dufus (out of contract but have not heard further)
Shani Tarashaj (has a contract until 2020)
Leandro Rodriguez (has a contract until 2019)
Tarashaj has been in & out of the side at Eintracht Frankfurt
Rodriguez has not even had a minute on the pitch where he is on loan
20 Posted 25/05/2017 at 19:52:27
Even when they leave the club I like to see how they progress.
Hopefully we will see a few make the first team squads next season.
21 Posted 26/05/2017 at 09:49:28
22 Posted 26/05/2017 at 13:33:22
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