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Young Everton midfielder one of Europe's 'top talents'

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No it's not Jack Rodwell it is one for the future apparently.

Very interesting article on one John Lundstram:

I havent seen or heard much on him except for this article.

Anyone who follows the youth team got any opinion on him?

Jay Harris, Liverpool     Posted 27/05/2011 at 14:24:04

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James Flynn
1   Posted 27/05/2011 at 16:49:21

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Don't know him, but some high praise there. Under-17 years old though. Let's see where he's at in 3-4 years.
Tony J Williams
2   Posted 27/05/2011 at 16:52:01

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He'll never make it... you win nothing with kids etc, etc.
Dick Anderson
3   Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:07:32

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Well if John Lundstram is as good as Jack Rodwell... then we may just have another very average player.
Charlie Percival
4   Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:14:43

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Dick, get a grip: Rodwell is class. If he's half Rodwell's potential, I'll be happy.
Franny Porter
5   Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:16:12

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I have to agree with Dick, I'm afraid, Charlie.
Tony J Williams
6   Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:18:04

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I would say Rodwell is slightly above average... as he can pass with both feet.
Dick Anderson
7   Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:18:02

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Surely John Lundstram won't be able to stroll around the pitch looking uninterested and lazily passing sideways as good as Rodwell?

Nobody strolls around the pitch looking uninterested and lazily passing sideways like Jack Rodwell.
Julian Wait
8   Posted 27/05/2011 at 17:39:02

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"Lundstram is honing his skills at Everton's famous Finch Farm academy, where youngsters are taught the importance of basic qualities such as hard work and determination, as well as developing on a technical level. "

Wow. There's a discussion topic in itself!

1. "Famous"? Where is it famous? How long have we even been there!?!

2. "Importance of basic qualities such as hard work and determination". Is that the priority?

3. "as well as developing on a technical level": is that an afterthought?

Regardless, let's be hopeful his talent develops.
Sam Hoare
9   Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:02:09

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Dick, you're being a tad harsh, mate. Lad's only just 20 and been injured a fair amount this season.

I've heard good things about Lundstram... Him, Hope, Dier (if he returns) and Barkley could possibly be the most exciting batch of youngsters we've had in a while.
Dick Anderson
10   Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:14:25

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More exciting then Branch & Cadermarteri?

More exciting then Hibbert & Osman?

More exciting then Anichebe & Vaughan?

More exciting then Baxter & Rodwell?
Brian Keating
11   Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:35:52

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Dick, you can't seriously lump Rodwell in the Cadamarteri and Branch bracket. They were brutal.

If he is another Hibbert or Osman, well and good. Both great servants to Everton FC.
Daniel J Johnson
12   Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:48:23

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To those that doubt Rodwell's ability, I wouldn't be so hasty. He's struggled with injury all season and is still only a kid in a very difficult position to master. Patience and encouragement would go a long way. I believe he'll be the best English centre-mid in the league soon.
Glen Anderson
13   Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:44:55

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Lundstram is the only other EFC player together with Hallam Hope to have a regular first team place in the England Under-17s team. He reached the European Championship semi-finals (where Hope finished as England's top scorer) earlier this year and has been selected again with Hope to join England in the Under-17s World Cup in Peru later this Summer.

Very young but must be a half-decent holding midfielder. Looking forward to him breaking through.
Jon Cox
14   Posted 27/05/2011 at 18:47:31

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It's always "one for the future" ? that's what gets me. It's always jam tomorrow, free beer tomorrow... well, I want jam and free beer next season ? not in five years bloody time.

Mini-rant over.
Dermot Ryan
15   Posted 27/05/2011 at 19:00:29

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I agree with Jon! Jam and beer now, please!
Steve Edwards
16   Posted 27/05/2011 at 19:06:27

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I'm fingers crossed hoping the Man Utd come in with £20M for Rodwell. We should take the money and run. How long is Rodwell going to be a prospect? Is he a better player this season than last? No.

The other Jack... Wilshere ? compare Rodwell with him. Wilshere has come on in leaps and bounds and he's the same age. Terrific player now.

There is no garantee that Rodwell will be the player people expect him to be. If we keep him we are taking a big chance. Now with £20M, we could seriously improve the side with that.

Just ask yourselves, what has Rodwell contributed to the side this year? Very little... and as for mentioning injuries, well, that makes it all the more worrying, he could turn out to be a crock. It's not worth taking a chance on him in my opinion.

Sam Hoare
17   Posted 27/05/2011 at 19:37:10

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Dick, I don't remember too many of those lot winning international medals playing for England youth teams...

Inaccurate comparisons.
Mike Allison
18   Posted 27/05/2011 at 20:11:57

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"Nobody strolls around the pitch looking uninterested and lazily passing sideways like Jack Rodwell."

Xavi and Iniesta do it pretty well.
David Hallwood
19   Posted 27/05/2011 at 20:23:46

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I've always thought that Rodwell is a ball playing CB and I suspect that, if Man Utd do buy him, that's where he'll end up playing.
David Barks
20   Posted 27/05/2011 at 20:42:50

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I was going to bring up the fact that Barcelona's game is all about passing it sideways, but you beat me to it with the reference to their midfielders. And no, we are not comparing Rodwell's talent to those two. Just pointing out the ridiculous criticism about Rodwell having the audacity to pass the ball to the open man, therefore retaining possession, instead of forcing a pass forward and risking losing possession.

Funnily enough that's all Barcelona's game is, and they are universally loved for it. But put them in England and sadly they would get the shit kicked out of themselves and be stifled. But apparently hoofing it forward is bad, passing it sideways retaining possession is bad. So the only good thing is if a player is at all times playing a perfect pass forward resulting in a goal?? Can anyone name me a player who does this? Because I watch the likes of Manchester United play this possession game all the time and it's quite successful.

The difference between them and us is the purchasing power to get the likes of Berbatov, Rooney, and Chicharito to make the right runs and finish the play when it presents itself. But let' just run Rodwell off too. I'm sure the ToffeeWeb critics are right and the rest of the managers and media are all wrong about him.

Mike Jones
21   Posted 27/05/2011 at 21:42:15

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David Barks #20. Great post.
John Shaw
22   Posted 27/05/2011 at 21:29:40

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Rodwell's season can be summed up as follows:

A season destroyed by 3 seperate injuries with significant layoffs for each.

Played in numerous positions. (Right mid, right back, off the front man, advanced mid, left mid, deep lying mid).

Jack is still only 20 years old and due to the above has not had a sustained run in one position. On the majority of occasions he has played, he has had to deal with coming back from injuries and being played all over the place while trying to contribute to a side which has struggled badly, very badly.

Christ, even the more established players who have been afforded sustained runs in their preferred positions have struggled!!!

It is only my opinion, but I honestly believe Jack will become a powerhouse midfielder in a similar mold to that twat across the park, Gerrard.

To compare him to Wilshere is nothing short of insane! They are both completely different types of players playing in completely different types of teams.

The level of abuse and doubt levelled at the lad this season really does make me wonder if some supporters have got a fucking clue about football.

I really do despair!!!
Robbie Muldoon
23   Posted 27/05/2011 at 22:05:59

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I second every word John Shaw has just said, and would like to add any complaints about Rodwell's progress should be directed towards the way Moyes is handling him.
Tom Lunny
24   Posted 28/05/2011 at 00:09:45

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John Lundstram walks, talks, sleeps, dreams football for Everton FC; he's got a great head on him for the sport.

He doesn't need people like Tony J Williams giving him down the banks,

In 3-4 years, he will be playing Premier League football. John is a brilliant player ? you don't play every match for England Under-17s if you're just an average kid off the block. John passes with both feet, gets back to defend and never ? and I mean never stops running for one second.

He amazes me how fast he's able to think on the ball, never shy to give a quick fast-thinking pass.

Hallam Hope, Ross Barkley, John Lundstram are the future of EFC ? Don't forget that!

Sam Hoare
25   Posted 28/05/2011 at 00:40:29

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Tom Lunny... sounds as though you know him personally!

I for one hope you are spot on. Best of luck to him.
Stephen Kenny
26   Posted 28/05/2011 at 08:48:39

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Think I read somewhere his arl fella is one of our coaches?

If so perhaps the fella does know how to coach a footballer after all?
James I'Anson
27   Posted 28/05/2011 at 11:55:28

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I tell you what, if all of these youngsters actually fulfill their potential, Man Utd will have a cracking team... And we'll probably still be in debt.
Graham McCann
28   Posted 28/05/2011 at 12:41:47

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David (20) & John (22) ? well said... Rodwell is only young, been injured but wants to play proper football. Sell him to Manure? Never!!
Tony X Williams
29   Posted 28/05/2011 at 13:30:42

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One good feature of our Academy players is that most of them were born in Liverpool!
Tony X Williams
30   Posted 28/05/2011 at 13:35:20

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I forgot to mention there's a couple of foreign lads from Southport and Ormskirk... ;o)
Tony J Williams
31   Posted 28/05/2011 at 15:03:15

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Tom, wasn't giving him down the banks at all, It was tongue in cheek. Never seen the lad so can't say if he will make it or not and the second point was a phrase by Hansen (I think) when on Match of the Day... again, typed in jest.
Jay Harris
32   Posted 28/05/2011 at 18:22:25

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David Barks # 20 very well put.

I remember Trevor Stevens frustrating the crowd by holding onto the ball and not trying to go around people or fire a cross in when no one was there.

Football is all about possession and if you'll forgive me an "Andy Grayism" we should not give the ball away cheaply.

Rodwell is capable of good forward passing if players make the right runs in front of him especially with a front two instead of a lone "lamppost".
Kieran Kinsella
33   Posted 29/05/2011 at 09:24:02

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Kenwright must have been upset watching last night's game because there is no way based on that performance that Fergie will think spending £15 million on Rodwell will solve his problems.
James Boden
34   Posted 29/05/2011 at 12:10:26

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In the event that these kids do come through, what will they be nicknamed? 'The Moyes Maestroes' perhaps... much like the 'Fergie Fledgings' and the 'Busby Babes' before them.

As someone alluded to earlier, if they are any good, they will be playing in United's first team in 5 years time I'm afraid.
Dick Anderson
35   Posted 29/05/2011 at 19:36:00

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The Moyes Maestroes??? That sucks.

Surely it would be simple like:-

The Moyes Boys.
James Flynn
36   Posted 30/05/2011 at 07:08:47

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David Barks (do you?) - 20.

Agreed. Good post. Hard to understand why a talented kid, just turned 20 in the top league, gets the business like Rodwell does.
Anthony Hawkins
37   Posted 30/05/2011 at 11:36:45

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David #20

Barcelonas style is more about passing to a player who is facing the right way ? forwards!! Yes, it might mean they pass sideways but it's almost always to a player facing the most appropriate direction!!
Joe Grundy
38   Posted 31/05/2011 at 11:05:46

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My cousin is Johns cousin and he is meant to be a very good player, they are known as 'Lunny' as well so Tom (post 25) might be related to him, hope the lad does well if he is the blue that's always good news.

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