U23s: Everton 0 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Everton U23s were held to a scoreless draw against Spurs in Southport on Monday evening, with 5 players shown yellow cards.
New signing Imam Jagne came on at half-time for his Everton debut. First games at this level for Mackenzie Hunt and Thierry Small
Everton U23s: Virginia, Pennington, Anderson [Y:15'] (67' Small), Baningime [Y:85'], Ouzounidis, Astley, Hunt [Y:23'] (46' Jagne [Y:60']), Onyango [Y:63'], Simms, Iversen, Hughes. Subs: Tyrer, Quirk, Cannon.
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1 Posted 19/10/2020 at 20:48:18
2 Posted 19/10/2020 at 23:08:01
3 Posted 19/10/2020 at 23:13:59
The better question is why did he get a new contract in a period after Allardyce & Walsh were sacked and before Silva & Brands were appointed?
This was May 2018. He got a new 3-year deal. Why not wait until the new regime came in and assessed him? Who authorised the new contract? And why?
4 Posted 19/10/2020 at 23:31:03
He signed his new deal 5 days before Sam and Walsh were sacked. Seriously, no-one higher thought to second guess their dealings with the sack imminent.
5 Posted 20/10/2020 at 10:02:53
6 Posted 20/10/2020 at 10:08:32
7 Posted 20/10/2020 at 13:10:10
8 Posted 20/10/2020 at 17:30:24
To put it into context though, Jagne has just turned 17 and therefore classed age wise as a 1st year Scholar along with the likes of Thierry Small. The fact that Jagne started the 2nd half says a lot, hes impressed Unsworth enough in training to feature in the first match hes available, well maybe a nudge from Brands too to see what hes like.
Similarly with Small, getting minutes at U23s level when youre 16 is very positive. Theres a clear route for Small to make the left back spot his own in the coming months.
Going back to the earlier comment on Pennington, its a shrug shoulders case. As Steve Ferns said Kyle John the regular right back is injured, I guess the balance is play a midfielder out of position or Pennington. Thats not ideal but on the other hand having experience there contributes to binging on two untried youngsters second half. As I said, shrug your shoulders, make your choice, not an issue to lose sleep over.
9 Posted 20/10/2020 at 19:30:27
Pennington, as you say, is just lending a bit of experience to a young group. Bit sad for him to be back at square one. I'm sure he'd prefer to be playing in the Championship. Maybe covid-19 hit budgets scuppered that move.
10 Posted 20/10/2020 at 19:49:57
11 Posted 20/10/2020 at 20:58:08
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