Professional contract for Kyle John

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In his breakthrough season at Everton Academy, teenage defender Kyle John has been rewarded with his first professional contract at Everton. The 18-year-old right-back has put pen to paper on a deal that runs until the end of June 2021.

John has broken into the Under-23s set-up and featured in the mid-season friendly with Gor Mahia at Goodison Park.

The young defender followed that experience up by playing for David Unsworth's U23s later that week and earning high praise from the coach.

“Kyle did great for Paul Tait in the Under-18s at the start of the season,” Unsworth said in November.

“John Ebbrell, Franny [Jeffers] and I have watched him, and we thought he had the ability and physicality to step up.

“He started training with us a couple of months ago and he's cemented that right-back place. He looks a real class act. He is a great boy and if he continues to progress as he has done since he's been with us, he's got a very bright future."

John has been at Everton's Academy since the age of six.  

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 05/03/2019 at 20:15:47
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 05/03/2019 at 21:40:49
Kinda strange since getting a flurry of games October - November time, he's only played one game since locking down the right-back slot — and that was way back in early December.

At least he gets a mention... unlike Chris Renshaw, Boris Mathis, Shane Lavery, Nicolas Hansen... some of the Mystery Men of the Everton Academy who seem to have slipped off the radar this season.

Steve Ferns
3 Posted 05/03/2019 at 21:44:54
Michael, isn't Mathis on loan?

Edit: research shows he's not. He came back from Northampton a flop. He's 21 and slipped down the pecking order. Another of Walsh's flops.

Josh Bowler looks a talent, but I can't see him making it now as he just turned 20 (today) and he's nowhere near the first team. I think QPR were right in that he'd be further along now, had he stayed put.

Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 05/03/2019 at 21:50:57
No, I can't find anything for Mathis on loan.

But looks like we did miss the fact that Shane Lavery went on loan to Falkirk near the beginning of the window in January. How embarrassing!

And I thought I read somewhere that Hansen had left the club...

Michael Kenrick
5 Posted 05/03/2019 at 22:11:22
Steve, Mathis was on loan at Northampton last season, but came back early. Nothing since that I can find...
Eric Paul
6 Posted 05/03/2019 at 22:13:26
Michael, he's been injured, he chipped a bone in his knee.
David Greenwood
7 Posted 05/03/2019 at 22:22:58
Yes, Shane Lavery has been at Falkirk since January.

He's made I think one sub appearance for around 10 minutes. And contributed nothing in those 10 minutes.

Sad to say, I don't think it's going to happen for him at Everton.

Kieran Kinsella
8 Posted 05/03/2019 at 22:24:11
We need to tie down Charsley, Garbutt and Co now to 10-year player/coach deals so they can join Franny and the boys once their careers as overage Under-23s finally finish.
Roman Sidey
9 Posted 05/03/2019 at 23:09:39
Good shout, Kieran. I have no idea how Garbutt is kept on at Everton. At nearly 26, he's obviously not in the plans of any of the managers the club has had - not that those managers have covered themselves in glory. Charsley, even less football. Nearly 23 and played less than 10 senior games.

I'd never hope for any of these academy players to not succeed, but there's a large group of players that have been involved in the first team at some stage that haven't or won't make an impact at this club. It's unfortunate, but it's the way it is.

Hopefully this lad Kyle John will do something. Coleman is at the end of his career, and Kenny, if he's to take his chance, will need back-up/competition.

Michael Kenrick
10 Posted 06/03/2019 at 02:39:44
Thanks, Eric (#6). That did not show up in any of my searches.
Eric Paul
11 Posted 06/03/2019 at 08:54:58

He is now back in training.

Kevin Prytherch
12 Posted 06/03/2019 at 10:01:44
My summary on some of this team...

Garbutt signed a big contract because he was out of contract and Liverpool were keen on him. Can't get rid of him as he'd never get a contract as good again.

Galloway is similar to Garbutt, just waiting for his contract to expire.

Charsley went on loan somewhere either the back end of last season, or this season. Played once, got dropped. Unsworth has given him lots of credit in the past for his versatility, but he won't make it.

Bowler, Markelo and Broadhead have had a lot of praise from Unsworth, surely only have a year or two to get close to the first team as they are all 20 I think.

Kyle John and Ryan Astley have both broke into the U23s this year, despite both being eligible for U18s (I think). They could both have a future.

Feeney, Adeniran and Hornby are all very highly rated; however, the first two have a lot of competition in front of them.

Sambou – I don't think he will make it. If he was going to, he'd at least have been mentioned this season when we can't score. And he is older than Hornby, I think.

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 06/03/2019 at 13:20:24
Kevin, Harry Charsley looks Championship standard already, I wouldn't write him off. If he really wasn't good enough, then why wouldn't Unsworth bin him off and get someone better in?

Josh Bowler has had a stuttering Everton career, is nowhere near the first team, and would surely have been better staying at QPR as he'd be their best player by now, playing week-in & week-out in the Championship.

Nathangelo Markelo is a Dutch kid, and the fact that he's in a foreign country should not be under-estimated. He's still got time, and most importantly, he still looks promising.

Nathan Broadhead is pacy and looks impressive. However, he's at that age where he needs to be banging on the first team door already.

Fraser Hornby – I don't see it. He's not prolific. He scores great goals, but he's not a great goalscorer. He's been reinvented as a No 9 from a midfield position. He lacks strikers instincts. He's had a growth spurt and against lads his age, he is great in the air. I hope I'm wrong, but I really can't see him stepping it up a level against men. He needs a loan for me.

Ryan Astley is very highly rated. Arsenal did their best to steal him, so signing for us was a major coup, but to be expected as he's been on our books for years, and we will give him more of a chance than Arsenal. The issue for me is height: he's only 18, he's not quite tall enough, will he have one last growth spurt, or is that it? If he gets no taller, then he needs to convert to fullback.

Dennis Adeniran is very impressive. As you say, a lot of competition ahead of him. He needs a loan to see if he can make it as a Number 8 in the Championship.

Bassala Sambou – very streaky striker and not scoring enough for me. Already 21 and so, putting it into context, he's just a year younger than Calvert-Lewin. So no, he's not going to make it unless something spectacular happens this season.


Ellis Simms – powerful 18-year-old, is the best striker at U18 level. Didn't step up well to U23. Back down to the U18s again now. He needs to be able to replicate that power at U23-level and then at senior level. My fear is that powerful youngsters struggle as they step up to the men's level and find that they have to be a completely different player and cannot do it. Anichebe was the same, and then when his physique caught up, he never knew how to use it.

Keorede Adedoyin – looks a very special young player, scoring so many for the U18s earlier in the season. I've not seen him closely enough to comment properly, but he has done exceptionally well in the few games I have seen and in the highlights. He is quick and drives forward well, with good feet, good passing, and he knows where the net is. Double figures for a central midfielder is impressive.

Phill Thompson
14 Posted 06/03/2019 at 13:55:45
Steve, great points, a couple of comments though.

Ryan Astley is only 17, he's still potentially got plenty of growing to do. It's hard to compare him when he's playing but he looks about the same size as Feeney but not as physically developed as Gibson. What I like about Astley is not only has he got the composure to play his way out of tricky situations but is quite an aggressive tackler for one so young; once, maybe twice in a match, he'll leave his mark on an attacker. He's also a leader, having captained Wales from U15 through to U17 levels.

I would call Korede Adedoyin an attacker rather than a central midfielder. When he, Simms and Kieran Phillips were the attacking three before Christmas, our U18s looked unstoppable. I put a lot of that down to a fantastic midfield three of Einar Iversen, Bobby Carroll and Mackenzie Hunt who are a super creative force providing great balls through to the three up front.

Steve Ferns
15 Posted 06/03/2019 at 14:04:06
Astley is 17. Thanks, Phill. It's only a year but it does give him growing time. You reckon he's as tall as Feeney? I didn't think so. Morgan is about 6'-2” already. Gibson is another tall lad. I like the look of him but need to see more of him.

Don't you think Keorede Adedoyin can play a box-to-box role? He looked good in the role on the occasions I've seen him.

Kevin Prytherch
16 Posted 06/03/2019 at 14:14:28
Completely forgot about Gordon and Gibson.

I'd put Gibson in the same bracket as Feeney, Adeniran and Hornby – I think they all need loans to good Championship sides next season.

I'd put Gordon in the same bracket as John and Astley. They'll be the people who the next U23 side is built around.

I can see, over the next couple of seasons, the likes of Broadhead, Sambou and Bowler being kept on as the elderly statesmen for the U23s. No chance of the first team but still very important for the success of the next batch of players – similar to Browning, Galloway and Charsley at the moment.

Then the core of the U18s will form the next U23 team, with the likes of Gordon, John and Astley spearheading this. Hopefully Gibson, Feeney, Adeniran and Hornby will replicate the likes of Dowell, Connolly, Williams etc in performing well on loan in the Championship.

Realistically, it's probably going to be another 30 months before any of the current U23s are knocking seriously on the first team's door for a regular starting role.

Steve Ferns
17 Posted 06/03/2019 at 14:24:06
Kevin, Gibson is only 18. He needs to be around the U23s for a couple of seasons before considering a loan.

Morgan Feeney is only just 20. Very young for a centre-back. If we sign Zouma, and release Jagielka, then we have Keane, Zouma, and Mina as first team options. Holgate makes another option but he may well be viewed as a right back now. So, if Holgate returns to the fold, I would have Feeney as part of the first team squad. I certainly would not loan him out.

Anthony Gordon could play for the real first team very soon. I say real, as he obviously played for them last season, in the Cyprus game. I think Gordon will be knocking on the door next season; yes, he needs to improve, but I think that's likely.

Phill Thompson
18 Posted 06/03/2019 at 14:44:09
Steve, re Adedoyin, he's disappointed me a wee bit this season. I thought he looked really good last season, scored a few goals as a 1st year Scholar, and was way ahead of Simms then. He's more naturally talented and skilful than Simms but Simms has progressed significantly.

I want to see the 2nd years getting into the U23 squad, and hopefully playing up a level. This means the coaches who see them on a daily basis believe they are ready. I don't think Adeydoyin has featured at U23s, from memory the only 2nd years to do so are Gordon, Simms, John and Iversen (Astley of course is a 1st year). I worry that Adedoyin will get his contract for next season but fade into the U23s background like Manasse Mampala has.

For me our best box-to-box player at U18s is Bobby Carroll, a cracking little player. When he's on form, he drives the whole team forward. I'm just hoping his small stature doesn't hold him back.

Steve Ferns
19 Posted 06/03/2019 at 14:52:58
I hope he's not another Liam Walsh, Phill, sad to see his career stall. Good point on Mampala. He looked a player and now looks unlikely to have a career in the lower leagues. I hope he can get things going again.

By the way, what news of Beni Baningime?

Phill Thompson
20 Posted 06/03/2019 at 14:55:41
Re Lewis Gibson. While he's not experienced enough to push for a first-team spot, he could just sneak into a squad this season – as a left-back. While way behind Digne/ Baines he's for me our 3rd choice left back, a position he's played for England U17s and our U23s in. It would take an injury and or a red card for things to open up for him, but he's got the physicality to be a bench possibility if needed.
Phill Thompson
21 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:01:07
Steve, yeah I was stealing away from the Carroll - Walsh comparison, but it's an obvious one!

Beni Baningime seems to be injured again, but no real evidence of this just that he's only appeared once for Wigan and hasn't even been in their squads for the last few games. Disappointing for him if so.

Steve Ferns
22 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:03:31
Phill, Beni has fallen off a cliff from where he was a year ago. Trawling twitter seems to suggest that he's not injured but just not good enough. Not good enough for Wigan, now that is shocking. I hope he's fit and playing quickly as there's a player there and that's another career we don't want to see fizzle out.
Fran Mitchell
23 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:07:16
Our final 9 games of the season have two basic goals: restore pride and develop the playing style, and bringing in a couple of youngsters to see who can make the step up next season.

Brands' job is to make a solid team with an emphasis on youth, so we need to give them a chance.

Tosun and Walcott are two who are out of form and have no future with the club (even though Silva persists with the latter). They should be dropped from the squad, and Gordon should be introduced to the match-day squad (with Lookman starting the final 9 games).

Jagielka's time is up, he deserves a final swan-song, maybe playing the final two home games of the season as captain. However, would be good to see Feeney given a chance to stake a claim before then. Zouma has no long-term future here, especially with Chelsea's transfer ban. And Feeney on for Jags in the final two home games could have a symbolic meaning that could really push Feeney on.

Also, one or two sub appearances for Broadhead, Adeniran, and Hornby and maybe Astley would be nice to see.

We really need one or two academy graduates per year into the first-team squad to be able to step up.

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:10:27
Coleman is nowhere near "the end of his career." He was outstanding on Sunday and is back to his best at age 30, exactly two years on from the injury (as I've predicted many times).

Thanks Phill, Steve and everyone for the updates on all these young players. I too hope to see some of them in April/May when the games mean little in the table.

Come to think of it, that's pretty much true now, isn't it?

Mike Gaynes
25 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:24:38
And Phill #21, I think you've forgotten somebody at left back, haven't you?

Robinson was playing very well at Wigan and showing flashes for the US until he blew out that ankle. Unfortunately the surgery took a long time to recover from, but he's back in full training.

Gordon Crawford
26 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:44:59
Great news. :)

Also just to let you know guys. I got a warning message saying that this websites license is out of date as of yesterday, and not to proceed.

Phill Thompson
27 Posted 06/03/2019 at 15:59:18
Mike, I was talking about the squad we have for the rest of this season and the chances of Gibson getting in at left-back. Robinson is on loan, think he's still injured, and can't be recalled.
Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 06/03/2019 at 16:01:35
Thanks for the clarity, Phill. Good news is he's ready to play again.

Gordon, I just now got the same message.

Jay Harris
29 Posted 06/03/2019 at 16:26:17
I haven't seen Anthony Evans mentioned. I thought he looked a good prospect in the games I saw last season.
Steve Ferns
30 Posted 06/03/2019 at 16:42:13

Antony Evans does look a good prospect. However, he is now on loan at Blackpool. He is now 20 years of age. Let's see how he does in League One. So far, he has played in the first 4 games but missed the last two. He has been playing at right wing. Reviews seem favourable, but not spectacular.

Edit: he was back in the starting line-up last night and seemed to do okay.

Jay Harris
31 Posted 06/03/2019 at 16:58:49
Thanks for that feedback, Steve. I haven't been following the lads as much recently so it's good to know.
Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 06/03/2019 at 18:24:40
Kyle John played for the first team in the friendly against the African team, came on for the final fifteen minutes.

Bobby Carroll, glad you mentioned him Phill, stood out for me versus Sunderland in the FA youth cup game, a very lively little player who makes the team click.

As phill says about Adedoyin he’s got loads of skill can score but his bones are lazy, very lazy, like a couple more in the under 18,s squad, they are full,of skill but drift in and out of the game, give me players like Carroll any day,I doubt if you can put fight and the will to win in players but without it doubt if they will play consistently in the premier league.

Tony Abrahams
33 Posted 06/03/2019 at 18:33:17
I’m not sure that little Beni, isn’t good enough for Wigan, Steve, but they look to be getting dragged into a relegation battle, so maybe he’s just gone there at the wrong time?

It does look as though this present under 23 formation isn’t quite right imo though, or maybe it’s just that the EPL, is not really a place for many kids under the age of 21, and most of them will now have to go out on loan to really, really progress, or maybe it’s never been any different, and this has always been the case?

I think it’s great that Everton are looking to try and go down the home-grown route as much as possible though, and I just hope this transfer ban on young players, doesn’t put paid to these long-term plans?

Steve Ferns
34 Posted 06/03/2019 at 21:33:46
Tony, the transfer ban is only for domestic transfers and for players under the age of 18. We can still sign all the successes we've had in recent years, like Calvert-Lewin (19), Stones (18), and Holgate (18). It just stops us making signings like Josh Bowler (17) and Lewis Gibson (17).

Ellis Simms would be fine as well, he was a free transfer after Man City released him. We just can't buy players like we did with Gibson and Bowler.

Phil Smith
35 Posted 07/03/2019 at 17:35:08
Re Josh Bowler: I saw him in one U23 game this season and he looked a real talent. He was on fire and really impressed me. 20 is not over the hill by any stretch. Leon Osman wasn't ready until 23.

People develop at different levels and speeds. Not everyone is an Owen or Rooney. Even Robert Lewandowski said recently was told he wasn't good enough when he was younger. He turned out okay. I'd loan Bowler out somewhere to see what he's capable of.

Bobby Mallon
36 Posted 07/03/2019 at 21:46:20
Why do we always loan players to shit clubs miles away, like Scottish clubs? If they are going to Scotland, it has to be Rangers, Celtic, Hibbs... that calibre – or abroad. They never make it when they go to small clubs.

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