Everton Under-23s midfielder Antony Evans has joined SC Paderborn in a permanent transfer.
It emerged yesterday via The Times's northwest correspondent, Paul Joyce, that the Bundesliga side were interested in discussing pre-contract terms with the 21-year-old and those talks have been successfully concluded.
Evans was a regular for David Unsworth's U23s team but was out of contract with the Blues this summer.
He had loan spells at Morecambe and Blackpool in the last three years but failed to make the step up to the Everton first-team.
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1 Posted 28/01/2020 at 20:27:48
The lad has a lot of talent. He might be 20, but he can still make it. He just needs this to come off and then maybe another loan next season and then he could make our first team.
What I like about him is he is a real bum-off-the-seat player. He's not lightning fast, like Gordon, but he's quick enough to beat a man. He seems both footed. He can go past a man left or right, he can play left side, right side, through the middle or up top. He is a decent height for someone who is essentially a winger. He has great quick feet, a bag full of tricks, great vision, can pass brilliantly, a great shot, can hit a great freekick. He goes missing though, and can be pushed out of games. But I honestly think he was going to make it and have no idea why he hasn't.
Fingers crossed and all the best if it comes off.
2 Posted 28/01/2020 at 21:01:49
3 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:13:41
4 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:29:02
Looks like Paderborn want to sign him, not loan him otherwise there wouldn't be any need for pre-contract terms.
5 Posted 28/01/2020 at 22:35:48
6 Posted 29/01/2020 at 04:01:41
7 Posted 29/01/2020 at 04:08:57
8 Posted 29/01/2020 at 10:27:54
9 Posted 29/01/2020 at 11:49:47
Lookman, as I predicted is struggling. These players are not kids. Don't let the lack of games fool you. These lads are 22 and showing no signs of doing anything this season.
Next season they will be 23. If they were to even kick in at that point it gives them a maximum of 7 seasons at their peak. In the case of Dowell, he got his opportunity at Everton 5 years ago.
Quite simple. Not good enough
10 Posted 29/01/2020 at 11:56:57
11 Posted 29/01/2020 at 12:13:53
Steve, I think this is a good example of why / how it's so difficult to make a prediction about current U23 players, in terms of their ability to step up to the first team. Like you, I wouldn't argue against "trying them out" but I'm wary about some (not your) offerings that they couldn't do any worse than x or y first team player.
12 Posted 29/01/2020 at 12:44:16
I'll put it into context. I worked for 38 years for a major multinational and rose to a level of one grade below Senior Manager. In those 38 years I earned a tad more (and I do mean a tad) than a kid on £20 grand a week earns in a year. If at this tender age and having spent his life in U23s and loans to Championship clubs he has already earned more in his lifetime that did in my working lifetime. With all that dosh sloshing around - he probably has it all.
So the motivation is all about being the best. If that does not drive you then swan around in the lower leagues and more than comfortable lifestyle for the rest of your natural.
Would I hark back to the days of the maximum wage or pre-premiership? No. But today's kids who get through the cull at 18 of age at Premier League academies have it made and if they do not have the motivation, then they will fall away and we will all get frustrated with managers who let their "talent" go to waste.
As was put in a mail above "the tendency to get lost in a game". Yes, get you off your seat with a sublime piece of skill and get you off your seat with a stream of expletives when they didn't track the opposition player which resulted in them scoring. The latter will be more common than the former.
13 Posted 29/01/2020 at 14:05:34
14 Posted 29/01/2020 at 14:13:28
I would advocate keeping both Evans and Baningime who are around the same age Osman was when he went to Derby, and trying to get the same thing to happen again.
15 Posted 29/01/2020 at 14:18:13
16 Posted 29/01/2020 at 14:27:16
It seems there is going to be a massive shake up in the youth system. You can see already, Unsworth is playing the younger players since carlo came in.
17 Posted 29/01/2020 at 15:50:45
The Osman thing gets brought up all the time as some sort of justification for keeping players on our books well into their twenties.
A variety of things held Osman back, an horrific injury and also a severe lack of height and physical stature.
He went on to have a fine career, when given the chance.
Dowell hasn't had the injuries and physically he is tall and well built with it.
He has the ability to strike a ball incredibly well. He can execute difficult passes.
But beyond this, he is extremely limited. Particularly so with the most crucial and vital ingredient of all: determination.
What is he willing to give each day to be an Everton player, nowehere near enough. And not even a fraction of what Osman gave.
18 Posted 29/01/2020 at 19:43:50
19 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:50:31
It will be interesting to see how he fairs the next couple of years, and along with JJK, he could be the first of a few whom end up in the Bundesliga.
Right age, and for him the right time, and no regrets. It shows that with belief and ability, and hard work, what can be achieved.
20 Posted 29/01/2020 at 21:58:46
21 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:00:26
Keeping players beyond 20/21 is a cost to the business, and does them little good either. It sounds very harsh of me to say that but the u23 and academy system's sole purpose is to find a first team player. Many players know their level by this age, some do bloom late but come on, it's a fairytale when they do.
The Stuart Pearces', Ian Wrights' and Vardys' of this world are once in a blue moon type stuff.
On the bright side the undisclosed fee has me thinking he's balanced out our FFP with player trading. ðŸ˜†ðŸ˜†ðŸ˜†
22 Posted 29/01/2020 at 22:46:08
23 Posted 29/01/2020 at 23:53:56
24 Posted 30/01/2020 at 02:46:57
25 Posted 30/01/2020 at 04:36:17
26 Posted 30/01/2020 at 05:33:17
27 Posted 30/01/2020 at 06:37:29
I did see one report that if the deal to Milan goes through, we'll get a sell-on fee of £10m. Won't make me feel any better.
But as a Robinson fan I actually hope the deal doesn't go through. At Milan he'd be deputy to one of the best young left backs in the world, Theo Hernandez, and might find minutes hard to come by.
28 Posted 30/01/2020 at 09:53:41
In his case, I'm curious also about the valuation and fee, which is very effectively undisclosed, as I can't find anything anywhere online. Even TransferMarkt are unable to give him any current market value. In the last 6 months of his contract, it can't have been a huge fee, but Martin claimed (in his original copy) that Evans went on a free transfer... that can't be right – can it?
29 Posted 30/01/2020 at 10:15:16
Shame we didn't keep him as I reckon he's a better bet than any of the other young left backs currently.
30 Posted 30/01/2020 at 14:05:58
31 Posted 30/01/2020 at 14:58:40
Best of luck to him - he should have a very decent career in football so worth keeping an eye on.
32 Posted 02/02/2020 at 20:38:46
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