The 17-year-old, who has been part of the Finch Farm Academy since the age of eight, agreed a three-year deal.
Now a regular member of David Unsworth's Under-23s team, Onyango is also an England Under-17 international.
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1 Posted 24/07/2020 at 20:40:47
Just another example of Unsworth's bullshit keeping hold of youngsters who are blatantly not going to make it.
2 Posted 24/07/2020 at 20:45:53
3 Posted 24/07/2020 at 20:50:53
At 17, he is still firmly in the development stage. He could flatline or could yet improve a lot. The coaches there must think he has a shot at making it and they assess him, day-in and day-out.
4 Posted 24/07/2020 at 21:19:23
5 Posted 24/07/2020 at 21:31:52
6 Posted 24/07/2020 at 21:39:39
7 Posted 24/07/2020 at 21:52:59
8 Posted 24/07/2020 at 21:53:58
9 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:09:44
11 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:13:55
12 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:19:35
13 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:22:47
14 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:26:59
It was a real eye-opener to see him train with the first team before his 17th birthday. It's clear that he had been introduced to Carlo Ancelotti and the first team on merit and ahead of all the other U18s and U23s for good reason. Indeed, only Beni Baningime and Denis Adeniran were with the first team at this point. This shows just how well thought of this boy is.
What's he like? He's exceptionally tall, probably going to end up 6'-4â€ at least. He's got long limbs but he's very slight. He's a defensive midfielder with a great engine. So, black, big, tall, runs and tackles: the obvious comparison is made with Patrick Vieira. But watch young Tyler glide about and the way he steals the ball and dictates the play, well he could well be another Vieira.
I've big hopes for this kid. He needs to keep his head screwed on, work hard and get lucky with injuries. And please, no loans before he's 20.
15 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:32:27
16 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:34:34
There's no doubt about it; Everton are holding players back for far too long in the Under-23s, which is delaying (if not preventing) the development of these players, as well as players in younger age groups.
We should be treating Everton's Under-23s more like an Under-18s team, with players ready to go out on loan by the age of 19, otherwise we're going to keep seeing players go to waste.
17 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:37:38
On young players playing above their age group, who's the lad who's meant to be an exciting striker who was scoring to a prodigious level for his age group?? It's not Ellis Simms I'm thinking of. He's younger.
18 Posted 24/07/2020 at 22:49:23
Expect the U23s to challenge to win the PL2 this coming season. Last season, we had lost the core of a league winning side; now we have a core of a PL2 winning side emerging, but they are all 17, 18 or 19 and so it might be the season after they really show their class at this level and hopefully, by the year, after they'll be in the first team.
The boys to look out for include:
Ryan Astley - 18 CB / RB captain of wales
Jarod Branthwaite - 18 CB probably lost to the first team now
Lewis Gibson - 20 CB - already past U23 level and on loan
Niels Nkounkou - 19 LB - the young Frenchman we just signed
Tyler Onyango - 17 DMC - see above
Bobby Carroll - 18 CM - box-to-box midfielder with an eye for the through ball
Lewis Warrington - 18 AMC - gifted number 10 who can play wide
Tom Carroll - 18 CF - the striker who wears 9 and scores for fun
Lewis Dobbin - 17 LF - plays up top but like Richarlison, is best coming in off the left onto his right foot. Great dribbler and scores loads.
Edit: I forgot the keepers. There's a reason our sub keeper left for Germany. We've got 20-year-old Joao Virginia, 18-year-old Nico Hansen â€” and let's not forget Toffeeweb's own Harry Tyrer.
19 Posted 24/07/2020 at 23:03:08
Just been reading about Onyango. He does sound like one of those that only come round once in a while. Luckily we've also got three more in Dobbin, Branthwaite and Gordon. With Gibson and Nkounkou this team actually looks better on paper than the one that won the double.
You're right that Branthwaite, Gordon and possibly Gibson (if not on a Championship loan) will be in the 1st team squad next season.
20 Posted 24/07/2020 at 23:18:26
21 Posted 24/07/2020 at 23:32:50
22 Posted 24/07/2020 at 23:50:09
23 Posted 25/07/2020 at 00:31:56
Staying relatively injury-free is important to allow then to learn on the job. Good luck.
I see ageism at both sides of the spectrum is still very much alive. How do 24-year-olds survive, they're too old, too young, to do this, be that... Good grief, man!
24 Posted 25/07/2020 at 01:39:58
25 Posted 25/07/2020 at 02:00:35
26 Posted 25/07/2020 at 02:45:44
27 Posted 25/07/2020 at 03:06:28
28 Posted 25/07/2020 at 06:48:11
29 Posted 25/07/2020 at 08:05:59
I still think Dowell has something. He definitely has goals in him at Championship level.
Only one step up to get on our bench and replace Sigurdsson?
30 Posted 25/07/2020 at 08:36:07
31 Posted 25/07/2020 at 09:01:48
We had a chance a few years ago to do what Chelsea have done this year and save ourselves a lot of money. We had Holgate, Kenny, Robinson, Connolly, Baningime, Davies, Williams, Dowell, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin on the books â€“ and only Calvert-Lewin got anything remotely like the game time they needed at a crucial development stage.
Unfortunately, Silva was a manager trying to prove himself at a big club and constantly plumped for experience over a potential youthful mistake.
Ancelotti has nothing to prove and is unlikely to get sacked, so will hopefully see the bigger picture and take risks with these players.
It's rare to have such a large quantity of talented young players trying to break through at the same time; hopefully we've got something similar again. Someone wrote an article about our missing identity. I think that some of these playing regularly could restore that identity in a few years time and give young fans a number of idols to look up to.
Alternatively, they could break into the first team, misplace a pass in their 3rd game and be labelled “Championship standard at bestâ€ for the rest of their careers!!!
32 Posted 25/07/2020 at 09:19:43
My only worry is whether he and Dobbin get enough chances at U23s, you'd think they'd be in the starting line-up in every game just about... you'd think. Last season, Gordon and Simms were in the same category: still under 18 but good enough to play U23s. They had 5 and 2 starts each, kept out of the team by 6 other attackers, 4 no longer with us, 1 we'll now let go, and another... well, who knows. In our last senior game, both Gordon and Simms featured on our 1st-team bench, quite a leap from not getting game time last season at U23s, but ah well... we won the PL2 trophy.
My hope is that a revolution is underway, and that this coming season, the U23s will be mainly teenagers. Viva le revolution! Which I think means “Up the revolutionâ€.
33 Posted 25/07/2020 at 09:38:37
In 2019-20 Simms made 20 starts in all competitions, scoring 11 times, while Gordon made 14 starts, scoring 7 times.
I'd say an introduction to the U23s at 17 and a regular at 18 is decent progression towards the first team.
34 Posted 25/07/2020 at 11:11:41
However, Phill's general point is valid. We aren't clearing the pathway for our talented kids like we used to.
Do you remember when John Lundstram (the surprise package now at Sheffield Utd) was moved on so as not to block Ryan Ledson, who was considered a better prospect? Then suddenly a year or maybe two later, the same Ledson was moved on as he was blocking the superior Tom Davies.
Regardless of what you think of Tom Davies, here is an example of our youth setup being decisive and ruthless and ensuring young Tom was able to go through the U18s and the U23s and into the first team. He was playing for the U18s at 16, both the U18s and U23s at 17 and even made his debut for the first team in the last game (Unsworth's first caretaker spell) at age 17. The next season, at 18, he was in the U23s and Koeman picked him regularly for the first team by Christmas.
Onyango is the same age as Davies was, he has as big a reputation (Davies was training with the England first team at 17 and getting rave reviews), and we need to make sure there is no-one blocking his way. Indeed, the U23 central midfield is weak. No one from the team will even play Championship level, so clear the way and let Tyler star.
As for Dobbin, Kevin, I'd say he has a greater potential than Anthony Gordon and a bigger reputation. Gordon went up a gear suddenly when he scored a shed load of goals in one match.
Dobbin, on the other hand, has long been a dominant force playing above his age. He's also lightning-fast and that always is a big plus in the Premier League. The sky is the limit for this kid.
With Evans being moved on, Gordon part of the first team, the wide left position is his in the U23s next season for sure. However, if theU23s copy the first team and go 4-4-2, then he would probably have to copy Richarlison and play up top.
35 Posted 25/07/2020 at 11:30:54
I thought Antony Evans could have been world class, and still don't know why he's now 21 and gearing up to a season in the German second tier.
I also thought little Liam Walsh was going to be a superstar, though there was doubts over his height and physique in the middle of the park in the English game.
36 Posted 25/07/2020 at 11:36:49
At senior level, players have to outperform players in their position (in theory â€“ but not always in practice) so simply moving players on to allow a pathway would be counterproductive. They should have to outperform the players above them. However, this balance hasn't always happened when opportunities are blocked by older players who will blatantly never make it, just because they have more experience (similar to the first team in recent years).
I reckon that Gibson probably improved faster because he had to get to a level that meant he replaced Browning and Galloway â€“ who should never have still been U23 players.
Don't simply remove players to allow an unchallenged pathway; however, take risks with genuine prospects at the potential detriment of some results.
37 Posted 25/07/2020 at 11:36:54
Gordon and Simms were the stars of their year, and started 7 times between them as 17- or 18- year-olds in PL2 behind the likes of Charsley, Sambou, Evans, Broadhead, and Hornby.
If, this time next year, we are looking back on only 7 starts at U23 between Onyango and Dobbin, I will despair.
38 Posted 25/07/2020 at 11:49:30
39 Posted 25/07/2020 at 11:52:15
I always find it amusing when people criticise the amount of players we develop through buying them cheaply as kids or taking them from School.
If you chose from the players Rhino has + the players he has provided â€“ Kenny, Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Branthwaite, Gordon and Holgate â€“ and matched them up against the generally spineless players who have cost us 𧴜's of millions, I would put my house on the academy boys to have too much heart, desire and skill for them.
We need to stop squandering the kitty on players who are simply not good enough.
BTW; Unsworth gives contracts????
40 Posted 25/07/2020 at 12:45:09
I'm hoping there will be big changes this coming season when the new man, from Derby County, don't remember his name, will play a big part in the running of the Youth section at Everton. It's needed a shake-up for quite a while, too much emphasis on winning titles rather than bringing players through the system.
The U23s is not a place where lads will learn about the dog-eat-dog attitude of football. That is why I will never criticise young players, unless it is constructive criticism. But always leaves me doubting if certain players will come through and make it in the Premier League.
It's why I always doubted Dowell and why I have reservations about Gordon. It's mostly the physical side of their game, but we will wait and see where Anthony Gordon is concerned.
41 Posted 25/07/2020 at 13:05:24
Dave, from what I've seen of Anthony in the U23s, he can take a heavy tackle and is happy to return the compliment. Hope he can repeat that for the first team.
42 Posted 25/07/2020 at 13:13:30
The game has become more about power and speed, but one thing this football without a crowd has shown me is that players can't really tackle anymore.
They can dive, that seems to be acceptable, but the great leveller has disappeared, because a hard but fair tackle is now deemed to be too aggressive, with football becoming more like a cheat's paradise every season.
43 Posted 25/07/2020 at 13:37:38
Very very few 17-year-olds are ready to join the Everton first team squad but, if they are still deemed not ready at 19, then I'd much rather see the most promising players in the age group going out on loan to get a season of games in men's football rather than the handful of games that the Under 23s have to offer. I think (on the basis we sign a striker or two for the first team squad) that Ellis Simms is one that would benefit from a loan next season.
It's always difficult to know how a young player will respond to the challenges of first-team football; the increased physical demands, responsibility, psychological pressures and the readiness to respond positively to the opportunity. I'd like to see Kieran Dowell and Jonjoe Kenny given a proper chance with the first team next season.
Lewis Gibson would probably benefit from going out on loan to a Championship side â€“ maybe Adeniran and Markelo too. Connolly, Pennington and Broadhead probably all face being moved on â€“ possibly Baningime too. On come the next batch; let's see who catches the eye.
44 Posted 25/07/2020 at 13:38:21
I believe the guy we've got from Derby County is responsible for youth recruitment, signings etc, he replaces Martin Waldron, who left for his part played in that transfer ban we received.
Physicality is so important at Premier League level, I'm sure it's partly what put Branthwaite ahead of the also very composed but less well built Ryan Astley. I've followed a lot of international rugby over the years and taken in U18 and U20 games when I could. The size of some of the kids at 17/19 is huge, not just the forwards but the backs as well. They're literally not going to make it in rugby if they're only 12 stone, the gym work they do at a young age to bulk up is enormous, but for the backs anyway it's done so that they retain their speed as well.
Different sports of course but, with modern Sports Science, we should be developing youngsters to cope physically too.
45 Posted 25/07/2020 at 14:22:38
Yes, Brent, there has been an improvement in the last 12 months, in Anthony Gordon's tackling and getting involved. I hope it continues.
In the past, since Anthony came through the youth teams, all his, admittedly, very good football ability has been alongside going missing in games for long periods and lack of working hard to win the ball back after losing it. Maybe working with the first team and in front of Ancelotti daily has concentrated his mind on what is needed to get first-team football and the life-changing riches that go with it.
46 Posted 25/07/2020 at 14:57:05
The lower the tolerance level for tackling, the greater the incentive, and the ease, to cheat. The balance is totally wrong now.
47 Posted 25/07/2020 at 21:41:31
48 Posted 25/07/2020 at 22:39:45
I think Unsworth has been given the clear (and needed) remit to get younger talent into the U23s sooner and then hopefully into productive loan moves.
49 Posted 25/07/2020 at 23:08:19
There was also Rafael Garcia (striker we signed from Fulham) who is still only 17 and missed all of last season after a nasty injury. He's fit and raring to go.
50 Posted 25/07/2020 at 23:12:20
51 Posted 25/07/2020 at 23:15:14
52 Posted 25/07/2020 at 23:27:07
53 Posted 26/07/2020 at 00:13:23
54 Posted 26/07/2020 at 13:17:53
55 Posted 26/07/2020 at 14:59:19
Playing in their age groups 12-, 14-, 16-year-olds gives a good indication of their progression, after that the question is, how will they do in the older young adult to adult teams with more experienced players. This is were Onyango is now placed.
There are not many teams lucky enough to bring exceptional players through their ranks, Everton were lucky in Rooney, they also produced some good professionals who never reached the Rooney success, and had a good living in football. These included, Osman, Jeffers, Rodwell, Whittle, and supporters will remember others.
There are no guarantees in football, and it is always interesting to see young footballers given a professional contract, especially at a young age, how they will develop. If they are good enough they will play in the first team and that should indicate if they fulfilled their potential.
56 Posted 26/07/2020 at 15:43:47
Baningime (21), Adeniran (21), Markelo (21), Dowell (22) etc are all decent but have not kicked on in the last 18 months at least. They are miles behind those Chelsea boys in their development.
If they're not in / around the first team at 19 (like Gordon is) then they need a chance to excel in the Championship, Holland or Scotland. If they can't excel there then we let them go and bring through the next 16-, 17-, 18-year-olds. Ellis Simms (18) and Lewis Dobbin (17) look talented. As soon as they've got comfortable in the U-23s then they need a new challenge.
Ellis is a big lad so maybe Holland to refine his skills then Championship to test his strength. Dobbin may need a different route â€“ and may even be talented enough to follow Gordon straight into the first team set up
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