Described on the official site as "a fast, skilful and direct attacker ... [capable of] operating as a central striker or from either flank," the highly-regarded 17-year-old has been part of the Finch Farm Academy since he was eight and has been rewarded for his impressive development throughout his time at the Club.
Born in Manchester and eligible to represent England and Ivory Coast, Kouyate will help Paul Tait's Everton U18s kick off their Premier League (North) season against Blackburn Rovers at USM Finch Farm this Saturday (11 am kick-off).
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1 Posted 12/09/2020 at 06:00:54
2 Posted 12/09/2020 at 08:41:58
3 Posted 12/09/2020 at 08:48:34
4 Posted 12/09/2020 at 08:52:01
5 Posted 12/09/2020 at 09:14:23
He will become either an indispensable goal scorer or an important squad member. The chances will increase, he needs to prove he is the former. Regardless of that, he gives so much to the team he will always be needed as a squad player to give us options and strength in depth.
6 Posted 12/09/2020 at 11:26:21
7 Posted 12/09/2020 at 16:47:19
He still requires more coaching as well as more games at a higher level and may take a bit longer to get there than the likes of Gordon and Dobbin. He's the type who after 4 or 5 years of hard work becomes an overnight sensation!
Good to see we're continuing to give pro contracts to our talented youngsters early, Kouyate is the first of the latest intake it looks like we've got in as soon as he turned 17.
8 Posted 15/09/2020 at 21:26:34
9 Posted 16/09/2020 at 09:39:04
Before they are 17, I think they are referred to as 1st and 2nd year scholars. Phill Thompson might know the definitions. I think he's referred to the agreements as 'scholarship papers' rather than true contracts?
10 Posted 16/09/2020 at 14:35:56
Once they have turned 17 they can sign a “Pro contract which I believe if for a maximum up to 3 years. Though Im vaguely aware of 4 year contracts, not sure if thats older youngsters though. Once they are 18 I believe they can sign a longer contract e.g. Branthwaite signed for 2 1/2 years at 17 but it was improved when he turned 18.
Pro contracts signed at 17 essentially guarantee 1 year after u18s with the U23s. I noticed weve done this with a number of youngsters weve brought in from other clubs, its a way of attracting them at say 16 or younger by agreeing we will give them a Pro contract when they are 17 e.g of the u18s, McAllister, Leban, Christensen and Garcia all came from other clubs and got Pro contracts at 17.
Kouyate is the first of the new intake, Reece Welch and Isaac Price are 17 this month, itll be interesting to see if they get contracts. Tom Cannon needs one too, but maybe theyll wait til hes 18.
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