Everton U23s 3 - 0 LEICESTER City U23s
David Unsworth's Under-23s side took on the Leicester City at Southport FC's Pure Stadium at 7 pm on Monday evening following a Merseyside derby defeat in their opening game of the season last weekend.
The visitors started the season an impressive 2-0 win at Manchester United that has put them at the top of the embryonic PL2 table.
It took a long time for Everton to take control after a goalless first half with early substitutions disrupting the Blues rhythm but Connolly finally broke the deadlock with a fine header on the hour mark.
Goals for Simms and then Bowler sealed a fine Blues win over the early PL2 leaders.
Everton U23s: Tyrer; Connolly [Y:67'], Astley [Y:26'], Ouzounidis, John (10' Iversen); Baningime, Adeniran, Onyango (88' Quirk); Bowler, Simms, Broadhead (15' Hughes).
Subs not Used: Hansen, Anderson.
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1 Posted 21/09/2020 at 08:31:17
2 Posted 21/09/2020 at 10:46:52
I wish the lads all the best!
3 Posted 21/09/2020 at 13:00:14
A team with Bowler, Baningime, Adenerin, Connolly and Broadhead in it should be pulverising most U23 teams.
4 Posted 21/09/2020 at 17:54:06
The only consolation is that Ive been a member of LCTV for a few years too, same password still works, I tried it yesterday. Its worth signing up for and is easy to do, but do it well before the match, and youll get to see at least 2 U23s games each season.
5 Posted 21/09/2020 at 18:55:03
#EFCU23: Tyrer; Connolly, Astley, Ouzounidis, John; Baningime, Adeniran, Onyango; Bowler, Simms, Broadhead. A 4-3-3 on paper.
Onyango back ! Baningime is captain
#EFCU23 subs: Nico Hansen, Einar Iversen, Rhys Hughes, Joe Anderson and Seb Quirk.
6 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:06:05
7 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:08:58
8 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:10:57
9 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:17:15
10 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:18:16
11 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:23:40
Suggests Joao will again start in goal v Fleetwood on Wednesday.
Great stream on LCFC.
12 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:32:14
13 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:45:59
14 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:53:12
Bowler our best player so far, linking up well with Simms and unlucky with a shot that hit the post. It's good to see Onyango getting more forward than he usually does, nice to challenge them to play slightly differently.
15 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:54:48
16 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:57:01
Bowler coming in off the right wing, very skilful in fairness.
17 Posted 21/09/2020 at 19:57:05
Are you watching this? Good game. Two well matched teams with the Blues just edging it. You seem to see more full-blooded tackles in these U-23 games than in the PL.
Nobody playing badly. Everton playing it nicely through midfield from the back, right down the middle on the ground, not just high and wide down the flanks.
Josh Bowler the standout for us. He may be just short of 1st team material, but he will definitely have a career somewhere. Good control. Good pace. Ability to go either side of his defender. Looks to me if he is playing with his head up more and is aware of the play around him since his loan spell to Hull last season.
Also like the look of Ouzounidis, the big Aussie at centre back. Adeniran and Onyango doing good stuff in midfield, more than Baningime possibly.
18 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:03:16
I think the people at Leicester's ground would keep a lot of Russian spies out of the country!!
19 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:13:14
20 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:21:47
21 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:23:42
22 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:31:54
Alternatively, we end up with a poor side of kids, with one star. Think watching Zaha for Palace. Okay, someone like Dobbin could still thrive as he can win games on his own, like Zaha. But he learns not to pass. He learns to be overly greedy. He learns to take the weight of the team on his young shoulders.
Or a Onyango could suffer because he can't pass to players as they lack the vision, movement, touch and technique and so he learns to play very simple balls instead of slide rule passes and through balls. A flying full-back becomes pegged back and can't develop the attacking side of his game.
It's all well and good wanting to develop 11 super kids, but it's not realistic. You have to develop what you can. So here are Simms, Dobbin and Onyango. Then look to others who can make it like Astley. Then plug the gaps with older players who have more quality by way of age and experience.
23 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:38:58
24 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:41:54
25 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:42:00
26 Posted 21/09/2020 at 20:57:16
27 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:13:01
Tyrer - 18-years-old
Connolly - 22
Astley - 18
Ouzounidis - 20
John - 19
Baningime - 22
Adeniran - 21
Onyango - 17
Bowler - 21
Simms - 19
Broadhead - 22
Iversen - 19
Hughes - 19
Quirk - 18
Get rid of them immediately once they lose the nappy rash.
Really good game and performance. Very savvy and professional.
Rapid transition from defence, through midfield, into attack. The back four were well protected by the midfield. Even when the visitors got into the penalty area, the defence smothered and blocked everything. Only in the final 5 minutes did Harry in goal have any serious business to do and he did it well, 3 times.
I enjoyed that from our creaking pensioners.
28 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:17:30
Baningime needs games as he could still feasibly have a top-flight career, here or elsewhere and needs a loan to do it. To get a loan he needs U23 games to show he's got it. Again, he could earn us a few quid.
I also think Onyango will learn a lot from playing alongside Baningime, which is a bonus and you wouldn't get if he was alongside a younger player.
29 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:18:39
30 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:20:41
Pleased that Simms got his goal he's developing so well, works hard, bringing others into the game with his hold up play, great pace over 10 yards and scores goals.
Onyango had probably his best game at this level, Iversen I thought looked a better full back than John. Tyrer was hardly worked but did his bits competently when needed, and the two CBs looked good after a few shaky moments in the early minutes.
I enjoyed that.
31 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:22:59
I don't think I realised how young he was at the time.
32 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:26:21
Virgina - 20
Nkounkou - 19
Gordon - 19
Then there is the injured Brainthwaite (18) and Gibson (20).
Pretty damn healthy, methinks.
33 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:55:24
We continue to play the majority of these veteran U23s players instead of giving the youngsters an opportunity. We bang on about development, my arse, a complete embarrassment!!!
34 Posted 21/09/2020 at 21:59:48
36 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:11:49
The first team - with in all likelihood 3 players who could have played tonight for the U-23s - play on Wednesday.
Taking those fixtures into consideration, name the team YOU would have played tonight to meet your 'development' criteria.
37 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:12:05
There are very, very few over the age of 20. Those that are 21, 22 or 23 are mostly perennial loan players, not really part of the under 23 set up.
That's probably similar to us, except we definitely have more 21 and 22 year olds.
I wasn't very scientific about this but I think their squads were generally larger too, with a few foreign imports bought in.
38 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:16:22
8 of that squad are in their teens, playing for the U23s...
Am I missing something?
39 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:19:39
We have Beni Baningime who's played Premier League games and we could only get Wigan to loan him. It's easier for them than it is for us.
40 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:21:05
41 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:28:11
Also, promoting 18-year-olds to U23 before their time may hinder their development. we need 20- to 22-year-olds to give the team experience and not have a bunch of 18-year-olds losing 2-0 every week.
Amd i'm sure many of them will soon be sent on loan, what shoudl we be doing with them in the meantime?
The club also has a duty to players, it isn't just players who have a duty to perform. We signed these lads as youngsters, made them professionals, and have a duty to serve them in their development - be it in Everton's first team or if they are not good enough, then a professional career in the lower leagues. We can't just 'sack them off'.
Everton have produced many youngsters who have developed solid careers in the lower leagues, young lads who have made professional careers in a difficult profession. And that is something to be proud of.
If we 'sacked them off' as soon as they hit 20 and showed signed of not being good enough, then what parent would entrust us with their 13-year-old son? not a youngster in the country would join our Academy.
Academy development is so much more than just making 1st team players, 1st teamers are a by-product of a fully functioning Academy – and we currently have Gordon, Kenny, Holgate, Calvert-Lewin, Branthwaite, and Davies in our first team who passed through the U23s.
Long may it continue.
42 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:31:23
Personally, I doubt hell ever play for our first team again, barring a freak injury crisis. Weve a long list of midfielders now and hopefully Beni gets that loan. I think the next midfielder from the academy will be Onyango and Beni will be pushed out of his way, unless he has a great loan and can kick on.
43 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:35:50
Unless COVID-19 plays a part, I expect all but Ouzounidis of our 20+ players will be sold or on loan before long.
That might leave us a touch light but I do think Unsworth does well building teams. And we may pick up some reinforcements too. There was talk of McKinnon of Rangers...
44 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:40:12
This weekend, Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Valencia all gave debuts to 17-year-old English players who got tired of the myth of development through U18- and U23-level and, like Jadon Sancho, found immediate first-team action at Europe's best clubs.
This fantasy of 19-year-olds improving by playing alongside Connolly and Co is ill-conceived – as we saw with Dowell.
45 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:40:13
46 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:40:14
Let's see who still here in 4 weeks time and who's been loaned/sold. Then we'll also get to see which of the exciting U18s we've got are considered good enough for the U23s beside Dobbin and Onyango.
47 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:46:36
This from the clubs site :
Baningimes boundless energy, bite in the tackle and sharp, penetrative passes have helped set the tone for Evertons high-octane performances and the 21-year-old believes he is nearing his best again after what he describes as a “tough period” during the 2018/19 season.
DR Congo-born Baningime spent the campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic but a persistent ankle injury restricted him to a solitary appearance for Paul Cooks team.
“It was difficult mentally,” the youngster, whose form earned him a spot on the first-team bench for the 2-0 win over West Ham United this month, explains. “Every time I started running, my ankle would get sore again. But I did some work during the off-season and that helped a lot.
48 Posted 21/09/2020 at 22:48:22
What alternatives do we have on our books that could have been selected?
You do understand we have an obligation to fulfill our fixtures across all age groups, don't you?
49 Posted 22/09/2020 at 08:44:07
"They're not here playing because we're hand-picking them," he told the Echo. "We want them to go out on loan and giving them a game in the U23s gives them a showcase to get that loan.
50 Posted 22/09/2020 at 10:21:51
51 Posted 22/09/2020 at 10:25:10
So these players are going to be playing all season because there are no alternatives? Well, that makes me even more depressed. We will be talking about Connolly, Broadhead, Adeniran etc for another season.
The young players at the club must be ecstatic to know their development is being blocked by Josh Bowler etc.
Great development that!!
52 Posted 22/09/2020 at 10:29:29
Do you know Baningime is on a first-team wage and not a youth team wage, which is making it harder to loan him out unless we cover all the wages? What would you do with him?
53 Posted 22/09/2020 at 12:25:13
If you read it, he's clearly talking after the “tough period 2018-19 season”, ie, before the start of the 2019-20 season, which was a year ago, when he was 21. Add on a year to the 2020-21 season and he's now 22, simple really.
54 Posted 22/09/2020 at 12:35:36
I wouldn't have expected the older players to have found loan deals yet, unless lower league managers are looking for temporary fixes only. (Which wouldn't please their chairmens!)
55 Posted 22/09/2020 at 13:14:34
Who said Baningime was the new Kante, Morgan Feeney was the new Dave Watson etc etc, it's all bullshit. Unsworth keeps older players in the squad to win...
The U23s will win the league again this season and supporters will be ecstatic, applauding its fantastic players – Broadhead, Connolly, Pennington, Adeniran, Baningime, Bowler etc etc. I say it's embarrassing!!!
56 Posted 22/09/2020 at 13:39:28
57 Posted 22/09/2020 at 13:54:05
One quality prepared first-team-ready player would serve us much better than a team of Premier League 2 champions who don't challenge for first-team spots.
58 Posted 22/09/2020 at 13:58:28
59 Posted 22/09/2020 at 14:01:22
You're correct about Unsworth's hyperbole. “It's up to Mampala to see if he gets a new contract” he said six months ago, implying he had sufficient talent, when now he is gainfully unemployed.
60 Posted 22/09/2020 at 14:13:52
61 Posted 22/09/2020 at 14:52:08
62 Posted 22/09/2020 at 15:37:31
* The fixture was played between the U-18s game on Saturday and the 1st team's game on Wednesday. Players who could feature for all three teams played either on Saturday, or will be played on Wednesday.
* Of the 14 players who featured last night there was:
1 x 17-years-old
3 x 18
4 x 19
1 x 20
2 x 21
3 x 22
For an U-23 team, that hardly constitutes an 'over-the-hill-mob' as you labelled them.
* This was just the U-23's second competitive run out since March. It's good sense to get actual game time into the legs of ALL players on your books. Further, it has been clearly stated by David Unsworth, and Marcel Brands, that they are looking to arrange loan moves for some of the players that played last night.
* Nobody is claiming or expects every player who plays for the U-23s will progress to the first team. That said, those who have done so in recent years under Unsworth's tutorship includes Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies, Calvert-Lewin and Anthony Gordon. They have all contributed positively to the first team, have the potential to continue to do so or, if moved on, will bring in considerable transfer fees. That's a decent return on investment.
You, by contrast, have made no legitimate riposte in explaining or defending your original claim. It most certainly doesn't befall to me to make your point for you in offering an alternative squad for last night's game as challenged, rather than persist with 'over-the-hill-mob' players who block the progress and development of other players.
Your examples of Luke Garbutt and Matthew Pennington are poor ones, given extended contracts under a very different regime to the one that exists now. Morgan Feeney, for example, was released this summer on a free.
Here is a very comprehensive historical list from TW's very own archives, season by season, of academy players that were released. It's not even a difinitive list because it doesn't list some players who didn't get a sniff of the first team, but for who we picked up transfer fees, such as Liam Walsh and Ryan Ledson.
Not many, or even any, bad calls there.
All players develop at their own pace. At what age do you take the decision to cut them free?
If you, Anthony, have the ability to identify the potential stars at 17, 18, 19 that will make it to Everton's first team...
If you can guarantee the 20-, 21-, and 22-year-olds that will never make it and so need to get off the books whilst still in their teens...
Then Anthony I suggest your talents are wasted posting on TW and you should get yer arse (which you seem to be fond of referencing...) down to Finch Farm or any professional club and offer your services.
Any club will richly reward you for your unique ability.
63 Posted 22/09/2020 at 16:17:50
Again in my opinion these 20+ players need to be gone so our younger players can get a chance, these players are blocking younger players getting opportunities and that's a fact. Spin it anyway you want.
Broadhead embarrassing, Bowler how much we pay for him, embarrassing, Adeniran how much we pay for him, embarrassing, Connolly still there, Beningime still there and that Australian kid with the name I can't spell, he's good isn't he... Development, my arse!!!
64 Posted 22/09/2020 at 17:28:59
1. Which players have been blocked?
2. Also, are you suggesting we just ditch players the instant theyre no use to us? Why would any promising youngsters sign for us if they see that thats the way we treat players?
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