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Michael Kenrick
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1 Posted 18/10/2018 at 18:33:54
Great write-up on the Everton Academy, Martin. Much appreciated.

I have updated our season records for both the Under-23s and the Under-18s, with line-ups and brief match details on all the games so far this season.

Ellis Simms and Kieran Phillips seem to be the ones tearing things up for the Under-18s — 17 goals between them so far!!!

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 18/10/2018 at 18:44:00
Good post, Martin, with plenty of very useful information, although the young Brazillian we signed from Charlton Athletic is not mentioned... I can't think of his name at the moment.

And it is Joe Williams who has gone on loan to Bolton this season, not Liam Walsh.

Steve Ferns
3 Posted 18/10/2018 at 18:48:45
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 18/10/2018 at 19:04:17
Does this Under-18 squad have a lot of former England schoolboy internationals in its ranks?
Martin Nicholls
5 Posted 18/10/2018 at 19:37:00
As others have said, excellent and very informative article, Martin – thanks to you (and all other TW contributors) for taking the time and making the effort to write it.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 18/10/2018 at 22:50:14
Thank you, Martin. Terrific summary, much appreciated.

By the way, Liam Walsh's January move to the Championship has not launched the young man's career at all. He made only eight appearances for Bristol City in the second half of last season, with no goals or assists.

This season he has been named among their subs in all 12 league games, but without even one minute of play. His sole first-team appearance was a League Cup start against Plymouth back in August. Other than that, his only action has been for their U-23s.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 19/10/2018 at 15:14:36
Steve (3) thanks for that. I wrote his name down but can't find it. Remember the name: Pedro Neves... now where have I heard that before.
Michael Kenrick
9 Posted 19/10/2018 at 16:02:09
That one caught me out, Dave.

Turns out he has not even been on the subs bench yet for the Under-18s. Fingers crossed he'll be a good'un!

Alasdair Mackay
10 Posted 19/10/2018 at 16:45:07
History dictates that 2-3 members of each successful young team will progress to the first team. 20 years ago it was Hibbert and Osman. In the interim Rooney appeared, then disappeared.

From the 2017 title winners it looks as though Jonjoe Kenny and Tom Davies are going to be the ones, with an outside chance for Joe Williams, Keiran Dowell and Beni Baningime.

So we should be looking at this very strong youth team as an entirely different set of prospects and pat the club on the back for producing 2 good youth teams so close to one another.

My heart would like Feeney and Hornby to kick on, as they look like 'proper Everton players', and they are in key positions for the spine of the team, but in all honesty if we can produce 4-5 first teamers from 3 youth seasons combined, that is a very good sign that we are motoring in the right direction.

Brent Stephens
11 Posted 19/10/2018 at 16:45:58
Really good article. I feel sorry for young Liam Walsh. He was a favourite of mine.
Paul Ellam
12 Posted 19/10/2018 at 19:14:20
Great post.

Always good to read about our other teams, especially when they are doing so well!

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 19/10/2018 at 19:43:02
Michael, Pedro Neves was on the bench last season. Maybe he’s been injured? He looked a prospect on YouTube and seems to be a fast and tricksy left winger.
Michael Kenrick
14 Posted 20/10/2018 at 06:24:32
Thanks for that, Steve. I thought I had most of the games documented but I guess there's a handful where I never got the full teamsheets.

They have short video highlights of those games but I'm not good enough to identify all the players by sight.

Michael Kenrick
15 Posted 20/10/2018 at 23:10:07
I finally found what must have spiked your interest in Neves: his performances in the CEE Cup in Prague back in July. For some reason, I completely missed these, but there are actually (almost) full-length videos of all four Everton matches in the competition, and Neves was exceptional in the first one, which we lost 1-3 to Slavia Prague, but he set up the goal.

He also played in the last match, the 5th-place decider, which we lost 1-0 to Sparta Prague. I haven't watched that one yet.

Links and match details can be found here for anyone interested: Under-19s CEE Cup

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