Everton Under-18s kicked off their 2019-20 U18 Premier League (North) campaign with a fine win over reigning champions Derby County at USM Finch Farm on Saturday.
The young Blues, who finished 3rd last season, took on the Young Rams side who finished top of the Northern section in 2018-19 before beating Southern Division winners Arsenal in a play-off to be crowned National Champions.
First-half goals from Lewis Warrington and Reece Welch sealed the first win of the season for the young Blues.
Scorers: Warrington (24'), Welch (35')
Everton U18s: Hansen, Hosie, Jon Anderson [Y] (80' Hagan), Dylan Thompson, Welch, Hughes, Quirk, Onyango, Dobbin (86' Garcia), Warrington, Max Thompson.
Subs not Used: McIntyre, Lowey, Cannon.
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1 Posted 10/08/2019 at 17:49:41
2 Posted 10/08/2019 at 18:28:59
The other newbie starting was Reece Welch, a centre-back who's played for England U16, only seen a picture of him, tall and gangly and still a schoolboy apparently. So if he started as centre-back alongside Dylan Thompson then you'd have to say he was highly rated.
Off the bench were Harry Hagan, a centre-back who's also played for England U16, and Rafael Garcia, who we got from Fulham and is supposedly highly rated.
3 Posted 10/08/2019 at 19:05:06
4 Posted 10/08/2019 at 19:23:38
5 Posted 10/08/2019 at 19:41:54
6 Posted 10/08/2019 at 23:19:55
7 Posted 11/08/2019 at 22:46:25
8 Posted 12/08/2019 at 09:33:31
I think the whole structure of the Academy needs a complete overall, starting with the coaches all the way down from the U23 level. There are too many ex -Everton players in charge. New coaches with fresh ideas on coaching the teams are needed.
I'm surprised there haven't been any change in the way the Academy is run since Brands took over. Maybe he is still assessing the scheme or has been too busy on the transfer scene. He has done a great deal of work there and has done a very good job up to now.
9 Posted 12/08/2019 at 10:08:39
Our main key issue is the transition from youth to first-team, which is still a huge stumbling block. Something goes wrong between the ages of 19 and 22, when a lot seem to stall.
10 Posted 12/08/2019 at 11:52:01
David Unsworth's teams while winning silverware are mostly built on defensive abilities, they are not an attractive team to watch, don't score a great deal of goals and the real success of these younger teams is bringing through players to play in the premier league.
That few come through to eventually get a regular place in the senior team might rest with the players themselves,although I'm hopeful Kenny and Davies might do this, alongside players who were bought from other clubs like Calvert-Lewin and Gibson from Newcastle.
Maybe your view that the coaches could be a mixture of some of the present staff and some fresh coaches with new ideas might be better for the young lads coming in to try and make a career out of football.
11 Posted 12/08/2019 at 12:10:34
I guess the odds are hard but you look around and see United with Rashford, Greenword etc, Arsenal with Iwobi, Nelson, Maitland-Niles etc Chelsea with Mount, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi and it seems like we have not had players of that calibre come through for a good few years. (Maybe the last one was Barkley?)
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