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Everton hope to keep Adedoyin

| Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have reportedly offered promising young winger Korede Adedoyin a new contract in a bid to keep him at the club in the face of interest from elsewhere.

The 18-year-old, who has been invited by Nigeria to represent them at this month's Under-20 World Cup after initially playing for England youth, is out of contract next month but All Nigeria Soccer report that "a few clubs are snooping".

Adedoyin has been part of Everton's Finch Farm Academy since he was 10 and is now a regular in the U18s team for whom he scored 11 times in 17 games this past season, including a hat-trick against Newcastle United.

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 14/05/2019 at 20:08:03
Considering he has been with us since 10 years of age, they must have realised when his contract was due for expiry/renewal have they let this run down deliberately, or are they seeking to cut down on another young prospect staying with us?
Steve Ferns
2 Posted 14/05/2019 at 20:10:14
DK he was, with Ellis Simms, the standout performer when the youth team were steam rollering all before hitting the buffers. He should have been signed up last summer. This kid has a lot of talent. I would put him down as an AMC rather than a winger though.
Derek Knox
3 Posted 14/05/2019 at 20:23:12
Steve, I appreciate your input and that more-or-less confirmed what I suspected, that he was one of the better talents amongst the youngsters, so why leave it this late to extend his time with us?
David Ellis
4 Posted 15/05/2019 at 03:18:48
Derek - who knows why the contract ran down...but I wouldn't spend too much time speculating.
Alan J Thompson
5 Posted 15/05/2019 at 05:50:36
Here we are linked with youngsters all over Europe and South America but seem to have overlooked the contract of one of our better youngsters. Who said they were important?
Phill Thompson
6 Posted 15/05/2019 at 12:31:20
It is at times baffling trying to understand our contract negotiations with youngsters. Sometimes, as with Anthony Gordon, we wait until after a birthday when longer contracts can be given. We also tied down early Kyle John, Ryan Astley and Bobby Carroll, all outstanding U18 prospects, but left Simms and Adeydoyin to quite late.

The other prospect who has dropped completely off the radar is Keiran Phillips. He suffered an horrendous injury for two years, came back as an overage player who bagged loads of goals before Christmas then disappeared. He seemed to have done enough for another one-year contract extension.

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 15/05/2019 at 12:48:22
Phill (6), even these very young players have agents, and they are, a lot of the time, the ones who hold the signings up, while they look for better financial deals for their players.

I wouldn’t be too worried about Adedoyin either way, if he signs or doesn’t sign, he looked very good at times, too many times, for me, he just switched completely off and lost touch with the game.

Bobby Mallon
8 Posted 16/05/2019 at 06:26:18
Dave Abraham’s @7 did the young lad ever play for the under 23s. I think that most kids that make it to the 1st team alway seem to jump an age group or two. How good is he?
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 16/05/2019 at 09:16:05
Bobby (8), the lad has a few very good attributes including pace, dribbling and he can score, he looks very impressive at times and you can go away thinking he’s going to be a very good player, but over ninety minutes in nearly every game I’ve seen him he switches off and looks disinterested, not a team player in my eyes.

Having said all that I realise he is still only very young so maybe these faults can be rectified but I have my doubts,I look at Carroll in the same team, same age but he plays for the whole game box to box, wants to win, more importantly he wants the team to win, it’s all about the team never himself.

Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 16/05/2019 at 09:20:11
Bobby (8), sorry Bobby I got carried away there @ (9) and I forgot to answer the question you asked me, I honestly don’t know if Adeydoyin has played for the U23’s.
Steve Ferns
11 Posted 16/05/2019 at 13:36:54
No. This lad hasn’t yet played for the u23s. He will do next season. As for why the contract ran down, it’s the norm unfortunately. The lad was signed to a 2 year deal at 16, two years ago. I think that was the maximum. He’s now 18 and can sign a longer deal. I doubt he will leave. He’s going to want to play for our u23s and will be in the side for sure. Also, silva has coached him, with the others, and that doesn’t happen at other clubs. He will be mad to leave as rumoured. Sounds just like trying to get the wages up, like what happened with young Astley.
Phill Thompson
12 Posted 16/05/2019 at 13:43:03
Dave, I agree with your assessment of Adeydoyin, despite his skill level he’s rarely been a significant game changer this season. He’s similar to Manasse Mampala last season, not hugely impressive, but maybe worth giving a contract to, if he doesnt sign, move on.
Bobby (8), no Adeydoyin never got any minutes at U23s this season, it is an indication of how well thought of they are. From memory the only u18s who got U23s minutes this season have been Gordon, Astley, Simms, Einar Iversen and Kyle John. All have been given contracts.

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