Everton's Under-23s returned to action this evening and came out with a 2-1 win over Blackburn thanks to an Ellis Simms winner.
Lewis Gibson's first-half goal was cancelled out by Rankin-Costello but when Anthony Gordon put Simms into the clear, the striker converted the deciding goal with 15 minutes to go.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, Denny (56' Mampala), Foulds, Baningime [Y], Feeney (75' Astley), Gibson (68' Simms), Adeniran, Charsley, Gordon, Markelo [Y], Evans. Subs not Used: Barrett, Iversen.
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1 Posted 17/09/2019 at 01:52:31
Good news from the game:
1) Anthony Gordon has quick feet and a quicker brain.
2) Ellis Simms can really FINISH! Introduced as a sub when the side was struggling to get the winner and duly put it way with great composure.
3) Beni Baningime is back! A brilliant performance from him, always composed despite early booking, plenty of interceptions and even some good skill to create chances at the other end.
Bad news from the game;
Both Feeney and Gibson came off injured. Fingers crossed there is nothing serious.
2 Posted 17/09/2019 at 05:47:16
3 Posted 17/09/2019 at 09:38:45
It was good to see Simms playing so well in the short time he was on, he's a match-winner at this level. He came on at 1-1 but I can't help thinking if we'd have gone 2-1 up and no injuries then only Astley would have come on and Unsworth would have tried to defend a lead.
With the midfield and defence we've got, we could afford to let Simms, Gordon, and Evans off the leash as attackers. Don't get me started on why Charsley is still starting though!
4 Posted 17/09/2019 at 09:56:49
5 Posted 17/09/2019 at 10:29:54
Also good to hear we have a manager at some level that knows what the aim of each match is. (It's 3 points… shhh!)
6 Posted 17/09/2019 at 10:31:39
Astley is highly rated and should surely be starting these games or else his development is stalling. Too much sentiment?
Increasingly I'm a firm believer that U23 football should only be for 18- to 20-year-olds with the rest heading out on loan if at all possible. Winning the PL2 is all very good but I would far rather we produce more players ready to help the first team. We've not had one from the academy in the last 2-3 years since Dowell, Davies and Kenny made their debuts.
7 Posted 17/09/2019 at 11:20:44
8 Posted 17/09/2019 at 11:32:08
Last season, we started with Browning and Galloway, and it was up to the likes of Feeney, Gibson, Astley etc to prove they were good enough – which they did.
9 Posted 17/09/2019 at 16:35:17
But to put that into perspective he was ill, sick at half time I think, but insisted on going out 2nd half only to be replaced. That kind of attitude will endear himself to Unsworth.
10 Posted 17/09/2019 at 16:40:26
Unreal Simms goes from being a record-breaker to sitting on the bench for players clearly not making it in our club.
I'm far less bothered this season about the results than seeing development and the next generation coming through...
11 Posted 17/09/2019 at 16:54:36
12 Posted 17/09/2019 at 22:44:24
Yes, the good news is that Gordon can play a variety of roles but so far he has done a great job up-front so there has not been a pressing need to accommodate Simms. No player 'not making it in our club' is standing in his way, he will play when the tactics require his skillset.
14 Posted 20/09/2019 at 20:06:22
Meanwhile in Germany Jonjoe is having another good game, they are saying, on tv. He has worked really hard during the international break to get to know his teammates better.
While back here in Liverpool, Schneiderlin is still ambling through games, not giving a toss about his teammates or anyone else for that matter.
15 Posted 20/09/2019 at 20:39:40
17 Posted 20/09/2019 at 20:55:09
19 Posted 20/09/2019 at 21:41:49
Yes, Tony. The commentators on the link I shared spoke glowingly of JJK, describing how he has got a high match rating in every single game he has played since joining Schalke. They speculated who did the fine job of scouting him, but I'm pretty sure that was the manager, ex-Huddersfield man David Wagner, himself.
He said a few weeks ago when he took on the job they needed a right back and he immediately thought of JJK but wasn't sure a loan deal could be agreed with Everton, but was delighted when it did come off.
With 10 minutes to go they put up a quick graphic showing - from right back, remember - JJK had had more touches than any other Schalke player, won 77% of his challenges and had a pass success rate of 82%.
It's stretching it a bit to say he 'assisted' the winning goal for Schalke in the dying minutes because it was a goal of such individual brilliance, but it WAS JJK who made the pass the goalscorer scored from.
The commentators asked a very telling question: if he continues getting game time and the adulation he does from the fans, will he even want to return to sitting on the bench at Everton come the end of the season?
This one needs careful monitoring and handling. What is very noticable is that increasingly, Seamus tends to stand off more from his man and gets backed up towards our penalty area, whereas (again) tonight, JJK is right on the back or toes of his man AND getting his foot in.
And can any of our 'merican cousins give me the low down on Schalke's Weston McKennie? I've taken to watching Schalke this season because of JJK and the combative midfielder always stands out. Good engine. Fierce in the tackle. Technically sound. More than 50 appearances in the Bundesliga having just turned 21 in August. Full Yankie international.
20 Posted 20/09/2019 at 22:04:26
Made up for Jonjoe, hope he keeps it up, never really trusted by Koeman, Allardyce or Silva, not going to say too much more about him, weve all seen him at Everton, some like him, some are not so sure, others, and there are quite a few have completely wrote him off, dont know if the Frenchman will do a good job, hope he does, Seamus, unfortunately is not having a good season, I hope he comes back and proves himself once again.
I hope we win tomorrow, Bournemouth have just clinched their win over Southampton after a comical Laurel and Hardie cock up by the home team, after Southampton had outplayed them in the second half.
21 Posted 20/09/2019 at 22:06:08
22 Posted 20/09/2019 at 22:23:07
23 Posted 20/09/2019 at 22:24:52
Dave #22, I'd certainly have him in our starting lineup tomorrow ahead of Schneiderlin or Gomes.
24 Posted 20/09/2019 at 23:10:43
I didn't realise he played emergency right back last season, thus the recruitment of JJK. And he was subbed off tonight because...he was on a yellow already, but wasn't compromising his tackling game and was in danger of picking up a second yellow, further confirmation of what you said.
And rest assured Dave, NO! I want JJK back at Everton and a fixture (and possible future captain..?) at right back for years to come. But I see where you're coming from. As Mike says, McKennie would be a good addition to our squad based on the (very little) I've seen of him. WOULD Brands trade JJK to land McKennie in his wheeling-dealing world?
It would be nice to see BOTH of them in the Blue of Everton next season, rather than the Blue of Schalke. But that's a long, long way off. Let's dull the Blades tomorrow.
25 Posted 21/09/2019 at 09:05:54
26 Posted 21/09/2019 at 09:07:39
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