His season was cut short in
March 2020 by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Everton offered Joe Anderson a 1-year contract extension in May 2021
amidst widespread transfer interest claimed for the centre-back.
The 20-year-old is in his 5th season, having begun to regularly train
with Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team after having established himself as a
mainstay in David Unsworth’s U23s. He sat out only four Premier League 2
fixtures in he 2020-21 season while playing the full game in 14
of his 19 appearances.
He further consolidated his position as first-choice defender and
team captain with
the Under-23s in what would become Unsworth's final season, doing enough
to earn a 2-year contract extension in July 2022.
Solid displays at the heart of defence continued with the newly
branded U21s in the 2022-23 season and, on the strength of them, he went
to Australia with the club during the World Cup break, coming on for 15
minutes in the second half of the friendly against Western Sydney
Approaching his 22nd birthday, Joe Anderson still had 18 months on
his Everton contract but had not moved beyond training with the first
team for a while under Ancelotti, Benitez and Lampard, and had made no
senior appearances with the club. He completed a permanent move to
Sunderland on Deadline Day in January 2023, signing a 3½-year deal for
an undisclosed fee.
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