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Matthew Foulds 39

Following in the footsteps of John Stones, Brendan Galloway and Mason Holgate, Matty Foulds became the latest in a line of highly promising young central defensive prospects signed by Everton while still untested teenagers from the lower divisions.

Having identified him as a good prospect for the future as a 17-year-old at Bury, just months after he signed his first professional contract, the club agreed a fee for Foulds with Bury in December 2015 before officially acquiring him when the winter transfer window opened on 2nd January.

A left-footed centre-back who can also operate as a left back, the Bradford-born player fit the mould of the ball-playing centre-half favoured by then manager Roberto Martinez. 

He would only play a handful of games with the Under-21s in the second half of that season and only played a limited role in the title-winning campaign for David Unsworth's Under-23s in Premier League 2 the following season, becoming more of a regular as he established himself in the Blues' defence during 2017-18 without making the step up to the first-team, despite the need for left-sided defenders.

He was given the No 39 shirt number for the 2018-19 Season, where he played relatively few games for the Under-23s but was handed a new one-year contract in the summer of 2019 for what would be his last year with Everton. Has was informed in May 2020 that he would be released at the end of his contract in June that year despite making more appearances than any other Under-23 player in the curtailed 2019-20 season.

FactFile

Squad number 38, 39, 51
Position Central defender
Nationality English
Born Bradford
Date of birth 17 February1998
Height  
Joined 2 January 2016
Joined from Bury
Signed under Roberto Martinez
Transfer fee £400,000
Contract duration 3½ + 1 years
Contract expires June 2020
Full debut U23s Only–
Left Everton 25 June 2020
Destination Released
Transfer fee No fee
Previous Clubs Bury
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2015-16
-
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2016-17
51
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
0 (0)
0
2017-18 38** 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2018-19 39 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 39 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

 

Academy U21s/U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2015-16 Under-21s 9 (1) 2 (0) 0 0
2016-17 Under-23s  2 (2) 9 (0) 1 0
2017-18 Under-23s  14 (1) 7 (1) 1 0
2018-19 Under-23s 4 (7) 8 (1) 0 1
2019-20 Under-23s 18 (0) 12 (0) 1 1

 

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2015-16 Bury 1 0



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