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I have read a couple of threads on ToffeeWeb during the past couple of weeks regarding the potential of some of the youth / academy player's that we currently have on the books. Although yet to be household names, trainees such as Rodwell, Agard, Kissock and Baxter have all been mentioned as potential star's of the future.

During an international break, newsworthy items are often hard to come by concerning Everton, the continuing emergence of Lescott for England and McFadden's heartbreak for Scotland apart. However, one issue that has once again been raised has been the suggestion of a future cap on the quota of foreign player's in each Premier League side. It is highly likely that due to European employment legislation such a suggestion will remain a non-starter, and after all much of the furore has been due to the England team's inability to perform at a level expected of it.

The relocation of the first team and academy set-up at Finch Farm has brought with it some welcome news of what the future may hold for some of the rising starlets in the youth set up. Couple this with a community programme second to none and Everton will hopefully continue to reap the benefit of attracting the stars of the future.

The emergence of Vaughan and Anichebe and Rooney before have shown that Everton are well capable of honing and developing youth talent, hats off to the academy set up for such achievements and here's hoping that the future nucleus of Everton will be built on those coming through the ranks as they develop on the same facilities afforded to the first team squad.
Peter Laing, Liverpool     Posted 19/11/2007 at 15:08:49

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Phil Bellis
1   Posted 19/11/2007 at 17:21:17

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The moaning about the negative effect on the England team of foreigners in the top divison is ridiculous, England haven’t performed to the the standard expected of them since the complement of foreigners consisted of Albert Johanneson. I blame Bob the Pole.
Louis Huglin
2   Posted 19/11/2007 at 18:21:02

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Michael Branch, John Oster, Michael Ball, Richard Dunne, Franny Jeffers, Danny Cademarteri... all excellent products of the academy but plying their trade elsewhere; should have kept hold of Ball and Dunne, but the others, while outstanding prospects, failed to live up to their potential. Outstanding talent like Rooney is rare, but Vaughan and Anichebe may become Everton regulars over the next couple of years, and Vaughany will play for England one day.

Baxter, Agard, Kissock have potential, yes, so lets hope they fulfill it!
Michael Platt
3   Posted 19/11/2007 at 19:44:44

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Well i’m quite well in at Everton academy and have reason to beleive that the next big hopes for the blues are Baxter and Rodwell. Rodwell a commanding/footballing centre half in the Rio Ferdinand mould, and Baxter a Tevez like striker who likes to drop deep and create things. Kissock was a player Everton had great hopes for but for one reason or another he has failed to make the step up! NSNO
Gavin Ramejkis
4   Posted 19/11/2007 at 19:49:57

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Does anyone know if we have any big lads at the academy? It seems all the talent coming through are of similar build to Osman and on the small side, admittedly he can have his moments but surely we must be able to turn out at least one built like a brick outhouse who can also play, last one I can remember was Richard Dunne.
Paul Okell
5   Posted 19/11/2007 at 19:50:25

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John Oster began his career at Grimsby Town before moving to Everton for £1.5 million aged 18. He was widely regarded as a highly promising talent, but proved difficult to manage and never achieved his potential. He was not a product of the academy
Richard Ewart
6   Posted 20/11/2007 at 00:13:15

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Talking of players Everton let go as youngsters, can I add the name of David Carney to the list. A contemporary of Wayne Rooney, he went off to the likes of Halifax and Hamilton before returning to his native Australia with his career apparently on the skids. Since then he has won the A-League title in Oz with Sydney FC before securing a move back to England this year with Sheffield United. But the notable thing about Carney is his international career. He was outstanding for Australia in the Asian Cup recently, Australia’s player of the match against a full strength Argentina in Melbourne, a game I witnessed, and then last weekend he cracked in a fantastic thirty yarder to win the Socceroos game against Nigeria. He has turned his career around and become an international player of real quality, able to play as a left-footed winger or wing-back. Quite a transformation from his Everton days. Based on what I have seen, Everton could do worse than bring him home to follow Baines and Jagielka as others rejected young who made good.
Patty Beesley
7   Posted 20/11/2007 at 10:54:05

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What about Mark Hughes and I don?t mean the Manager of Blackburn. He seemed to have the potential, was a big strong skilful lad that put his heart and soul into playing and all of a sudden was sold. Does anyone know why? I was quite impressed with him, the couple of times I saw him play.

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