David Unsworth named Tyias Browning captain and deployed two more players with first-team experience in his back line in the form of Brendan Galloway and Matthew Pennington.
The Foxes' second string had the better of the first half but it was goalless at the interval.
Everton came out from half-time and scored early, however. Sambou exchanged passes with Williams and struck home the midfielder's pass in the 48th minute.
Everton: Virginia, Markelo, Browning, Pennington, Galloway, Joe Williams, Evans, Charsley, Broadhead, Hornby (69' Adeniran), Sambou (84' Foulds).
Subs not Used: Hilton, Bowler, Gordon
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1 Posted 20/08/2018 at 20:33:09
2 Posted 20/08/2018 at 20:59:58
3 Posted 20/08/2018 at 21:02:20
As an aside, I wish Unsworth would leave his cushy number and go managing in the Football League. The experience is beneficial if he really does want to be a manager.
4 Posted 20/08/2018 at 21:03:01
5 Posted 20/08/2018 at 21:36:22
Surely not many Under 23 teams should be able to get the better of Pennington, Browning and Galloway. It also highlights how their careers need to move on as their ship has obviously sailed at Everton.
6 Posted 20/08/2018 at 22:13:44
I think Sambou is an out and out striker (isnt he the one we signed from Coventry?), so is that line-up a straightforward 4-4-2? Is Charsley a centre mid and Broadhead and Evans play wide? Anyone seen them play?
Leicester had Andy King in their line-up by the way.
7 Posted 20/08/2018 at 22:17:08
According to Phil Kirkbride in the Echo, Pennington and Joe Williams were "excellent". He also reported that Marcel Brands, Joao Pedro (Silva's assistant) and the Goalkeeping coach Olivera were present.
I think that Joe Williams has a good chance of joining the likes of Kenny and Dowell on the fringes of the first team this season.
8 Posted 21/08/2018 at 02:20:35
Anthony Gordon is 17/18 and new to the U23s but he was the star man in the U18s, not just for us but the whole league. He's another in the Evans mould only he scores shedloads too.
9 Posted 21/08/2018 at 06:14:03
10 Posted 21/08/2018 at 06:43:21
He said he had never witnessed that type of performance at that level of football and also went on to say the kid got a standing ovation on entering the changing room from his teammates.
I read a few things from Arsenal fans on news now when we signed him and they claimed he would be our Number One if Pickford moves on in a year or two as they rated him extremely highly.
11 Posted 21/08/2018 at 10:14:16
Of the 4 players you name, currently Evans looks the most promising to me (and is the youngest of the four), usually playing right midfield, very skilful and scores some really good goals both from open play and freekicks.
Sambou generally disappoints me, doesn't score enough and I don't think has kicked on sufficiently from his early promise to be anywhere near the 1st team. I believe his contract is up at the end of the season by when he will be 21 and I would be surprised if he gets another deal.
Charsley is going on 22 and has rather been left behind by his contemporaries such as Kenny and Dowell. He is a real grafter, can play across midfield and at full-back and scores quite a few goals. His loan spell at Bolton last season doesn't seem to have gone well – he didn't get much first team game time.
I've seen less of Broadhead, he usually plays wide left and is quick and skilful. I believe he scored a lot of goals in the younger age teams so he may have played then more as a central striker. As an aside, he is mentioned briefly in Rob Sawyers biography of T G Jones, his grandfather played under TG at Bangor City.
Missing from last night's squad were my two current favourites, Feeney and Gibson. Feeney had surgery during the summer, I hope it doesn't stall his progress. Gibson is similar in respect of loving defending and relishing a tackle, he looks like a real footballer to me.
12 Posted 21/08/2018 at 10:40:14
13 Posted 21/08/2018 at 11:17:08
You make an interesting point about Galloway, Browning and Pennington. Surely they have no future at the club and seem a little long in the tooth for U23 action.
They all seem like decent pros but they are currently having a pretty pointless career probably picking up £10k a week each!?!
14 Posted 21/08/2018 at 15:19:40
Isn't that £8/9m lost plus wagers, and somewhat of a barricade for some other young lads who need that valuable U23 experience.
Time to move them on, I think.
Also worth noting Bowler was an unused sub even after all his hype!
15 Posted 21/08/2018 at 15:36:53
Simon, good shout on Rhino's comments about Virginia.
16 Posted 21/08/2018 at 17:13:27
With us saying weve appointed Silva to work with young players then going out and buying seven overseas players for the first team squad its difficult to know what to expect of our youngsters over the next year or so.
Im one of those that always enjoys a result more when we have ‘our own in the first team.
17 Posted 21/08/2018 at 17:47:56
They are all "our own" now we are a multicultural society but I get your drift.
If we are going to develop a first team feeder academy we need to cast our net globally. It is only once in a blue moon you get a "Wayne Rooney" and 90% never make it to the top for whatever reason.
20 Posted 21/08/2018 at 18:14:37
You might have got the wrong end of the stick there, Jay – I think being one of "our own" means simply Scouse. Even better if a boyhood blue to boot. Don't know what multiculturalism has to do with it.
21 Posted 21/08/2018 at 20:13:50
22 Posted 21/08/2018 at 22:15:49
I am not surprised he has decided to stay in his current job.
23 Posted 22/08/2018 at 04:37:17
Also read a few reports that Joe Williams played very well during this game, that on the back of playing 38 games in the Championship for Barnsley last season.
Reports that Silva was very impressed with him during pre-season before the lad got injured.
24 Posted 22/08/2018 at 14:03:59
This is according to today's Echo which also states that it is highly likely Joe will go on loan before the end of the transfer window with Birmingham, Bolton. Bristol City and Hull City interested in signing him, but Joe will come back for next season.
25 Posted 22/08/2018 at 14:17:51
Once he's fit enough, you'll see him pop back up in the U23s as he builds back to fitness. First-team players tend not to do this anymore, but Beni is so young that I'd be surprised if he doesn't.
26 Posted 22/08/2018 at 14:22:08
27 Posted 22/08/2018 at 14:28:38
Beni Baningime is out with an ankle injury. He has missed the whole of pre-season.
I think he's another (with Kenny) who's graduated to the senior squad. He only played in three U23 games since the New Year as he was bedding in with them.
28 Posted 22/08/2018 at 17:16:09
He does not indicate (on Twatter) the nature nor severity of his injury, and he's not listed at PhysioRoom.com, but it sounds like it happened early in pre-season. Any inside word on this from Steve or Dave?
29 Posted 22/08/2018 at 21:54:46
Virginia was pretty competent, Joe Williams had a good game and we looked a lot better in the second half.
Sambou had a decent second half, he's filled out a bit maybe he'll start to develop into the player he promised to be when we signed him. Markelo had a good game too.
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