Everton U23s play out a testy scoreless draw with Spurs

Monday, 19 October, 2020 11comments  |  Jump to last
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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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 19/10/2020 at 20:48:18
Under 23s drawing with Spurs, have picked up five yellow cards. Violent psychopaths. Someone needs to get the military to intervene before this bloodbath escalates. Souness, get on the case.
Antony Kelly
2 Posted 19/10/2020 at 23:08:01
Somebody please tell my why Pennington is still playing at 26 to showcase his potential?!
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 19/10/2020 at 23:13:59
Antony, injuries is the answer.

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?

Kieran Kinsella
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.

John Kavanagh
5 Posted 20/10/2020 at 10:02:53
How did Thierry Small perform? He has, by all accounts, got the skillset to become one hell of a player.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 20/10/2020 at 10:08:32
Five yellow cards, what were the other six, plus two subs, doing? Lazy so and so’s.
Robert Tressell
7 Posted 20/10/2020 at 13:10:10
Anyone able to comment on Jagne?
Phill Thompson
8 Posted 20/10/2020 at 17:30:24
Robert, I followed the Twitter account of Sam Carroll the Echo reporter towards the end of the match, he described Imam Jagne as “ putting it about in midfield “. The official report may tell us more but won’t hold my breath.
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, he’s impressed Unsworth enough in training to feature in the first match he’s available, well maybe a nudge from Brands too to see what he’s like.

Similarly with Small, getting minutes at U23s level when you’re 16 is very positive. There’s 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, it’s 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. That’s 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.

Robert Tressell
9 Posted 20/10/2020 at 19:30:27
Thanks Phill. If the 16 and 17 yrs olds can cope with U23s it bodes well. I saw some videos of Jagne and there was nothing special to see other than a boy holding his own amongst much older players. Be nice to see how he develops.

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.

Kieran Kinsella
10 Posted 20/10/2020 at 19:49:57
"Jagne" is he like the love child of Jagielka and Digne?
Mike Gaynes
11 Posted 20/10/2020 at 20:58:08
Only you would have picked up on that, Kieran.

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