Everton U23s start their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a visit to Notts County on Tuesday night.
The game kicks off at Meadow Lane at 7:45 pm and promises to be a test for David Unsworth's Premier League 2 Champions with a number of his best players from last season now out on loan.
Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of Unsworth's starting XI is whom he did not select. Jonjoe Kenny was not in the squad, suggesting that he could either be involved at first-team level when Ronald Koeman names his team to face Hajduk Spit in the Europa League or that the young fullback is on the verge of securing a loan move himself.
Callum Connolly, another player who got minutes in Koeman's team in pre-season, starts along with Josh Bowler, Bassala Sambou and Luke Garbutt.
The Blues struggled in the first half, conceding two goals at the break, but Anton Donkor came in and reduced the deficit after 56 mins. However, it wasn't enough and the Everton start the first of their three group games with a loss.
Everton U21/U23: Gray, Connolly, Garbutt (46' Donkor), Jones, Charsley, Foulds, Grant, Baningime, Bowler
(46' Evans), Feeney (56' Gibson), Sambou.
Subs: Renshaw, Denny, Bramall, Broadhead.
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1 Posted 15/08/2017 at 08:51:18
2 Posted 15/08/2017 at 10:13:53
Last season Unsy went the other way and picked players on the fringe of the U23s to give them game time , consequently our results were poor in this competition so it will be interesting to see his team tonight .
3 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:16:41
Good points made there. Conor Grant can be included in those not elegible too.
I'd like to see as strong a line up as possible for this one. Holgate and Lookman should only be included if they are likely to be on the bench Thursday. If they play I'd expect them to be subbed to save them.
4 Posted 15/08/2017 at 11:59:31
5 Posted 15/08/2017 at 14:05:59
6 Posted 15/08/2017 at 16:45:14
Sorry I can't get there either. It's about 100 miles for me.
Try and post a bit of a report on how the lads do.
Shame it couldn't have been relayed via Facebook or YouTube.
7 Posted 15/08/2017 at 17:43:27
As only six need to be U21, then it will essentially allow Unsworth to pick from his fill U23 squad, I imagine.
8 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:08:42
9 Posted 15/08/2017 at 18:50:31
I'm not the report writing type but I'll let you know my thoughts on the match if it's not on Facebook. It'll be no 'Ken Buckley' by any means though. 😁
10 Posted 15/08/2017 at 19:34:33
Everton: Gray, Connolly, Garbutt, Charsley, Foulds, Grant, Bowler, Sambou, Feeney, Jones, Baningime Subs: Renshaw, Donkor, Evans, Broadhead, Gibson, Denny
Charlie #3, yes I forgot about Conor Grant , so three over 21 in the 17.
Notts County are apparently mainly their reserves.
11 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:17:35
12 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:18:56
13 Posted 15/08/2017 at 20:23:40
14 Posted 15/08/2017 at 21:23:06
15 Posted 16/08/2017 at 02:55:06
16 Posted 16/08/2017 at 04:08:54
17 Posted 16/08/2017 at 10:42:03
19 Posted 19/08/2017 at 14:00:09
Jones and Baxter came on as subs. I though Baxter ran a lot but wasn't sure he actually achieved much.
All-in-all a tight game, played with some pace and aggression.
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