Everton U23s 2 - 1 West Ham Utd U23s
Everton U23s v West Ham Utd.... KO 7 pm at Haig Avenue, Southport.
And live coverage of the game is available on YouTube:
A couple of somewhat scrappy goals from Small and Simms gave Everton the early advantage but the early lead was answered in fine style with a wonderful goal from Appiah-Forson that beat Virginia to fly into the top corner of the net after 25 minutes.
Everton remained in control through to half-time but the second half was one of attritional onslaught from the Hammers, who attacked relentlessly without getting the clear-cut chances they needed to reverse the scoreline. The Blues held on with some resolute defensive play but they could not keep the ball when they did break, starving Ellis Simms who was ploughing a lone furrow up-front for the Blues.
Everton U23s: Virginia, Baningime, Astley, Branthwaite, Small (75'Hunt), Pennington, Onyango, Hughes (84' Jagne [Y:85']), Iversen, Simms, Kouyate (62' Anderson [Y:65']).
Subs not Used: Tyrer, Ouzounidis.
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1 Posted 14/12/2020 at 18:55:52
Come on, lads, Branthwaite, Small, Simms... must be staking a claim? Err... no, not with our Carlo, I don't believe so.
Nice full beard on Unsie. No doubt that will attract more ire from his ardent critics on here.
2 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:07:02
3 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:10:11
4 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:19:14
Now watch him score!
5 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:20:38
6 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:22:53
7 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:23:52
8 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:26:42
9 Posted 14/12/2020 at 19:40:46
I suspect they only released the bits of training that showed Small and Nkounkou as left-backs to fool Chelsea!!
10 Posted 14/12/2020 at 20:07:55
C'mon, Carlo, be brave.
11 Posted 14/12/2020 at 20:10:53
I've generally felt he might benefit from a full season at U23s but January might be a good time for a loan. Kouyate looks lively but very raw. What isn't quite gelling is the midfield. Some nice touches but no real control of the ball or the game. Baningime is miles off the player who looked a prospect some years ago.
12 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:01:22
I reckon Simms looks like he is still a long way short of being ready to make the step up to the first team. The problem for young players who are so physically dominant of their peers is that they can rely on their physicality to give them the advantage.
Simms scored freely at Under-18s, when he was literally head and shoulders above some of his opponents, but at Under-23 level, he has already lost much of that advantage; unless he shows a newfound focus, determination and application, then he will struggle to transition up to the first-team squad – and he may be another young prospect who peaked in junior football.
I agree with Robert above about Branthwaite – he is very ready to play regular first-team football out on loan, probably in the Championship but ideally wherever he will be a regular first choice.
13 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:05:00
I felt sorry for Simms, he's miles away from the first team, but how can he impress playing up front on his own like that?
No player could enjoy playing in that team, they looked like they didn't know each. Branthwaite is wasted playing in that league, he just coasted through the game, looked very good but out of place not getting tested.
It was a very young team and it showed. West Ham deserved more from the game, did most of the attacking in the second half. Everton were very disappointing. I won't have a go at young players but there was very, very little to praise either.
14 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:09:17
15 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:27:24
16 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:30:48
I can't see Simms getting time on the first team bench yet. Having said that, leaving him to plough a lonely furrow up front does him no favours. Also, too early for Onyango I'd guess.
17 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:32:31
Unsy's interview shown at half-time was maybe informative, him going on and on about developing youngsters "in the Everton Way" and then name-checking Ebbrell and Jeffers as part of that development team. Hmm?
They were all in short pants the last time Everton played in a Way I aspire to, not almost always mid-table or worse as we have been during and since they played for us.
18 Posted 14/12/2020 at 21:42:03
There was a point in the game where Branthwaite dwelled on the ball for a moment and then turned back and played an easy ball. Commentary team said he was shouting at Simms for some movement.
He might need the challenge of league football (and associated rollickings) to get into better habits because he's not a natural. Shame we're not in the Europa League as it's a good chance to play lads like Simms when it gets to the dead rubbers.
19 Posted 14/12/2020 at 22:19:06
20 Posted 15/12/2020 at 04:27:19
21 Posted 15/12/2020 at 07:28:36
That being said we defended pretty well.
The standouts were Lewis (?) and ex toffee Holland for West Ham and also Branthwaite for us who read the game very well and passed the ball out of defence very well too. In about 3 years time him, Godfrey and Holgate might make quite a formidable back 3.
Simms was feeding off scraps but didn't work hard enough to my eyes, used to watching Calvert-Lewin strain every sinew and I was a bit underwhelmed by Onyango who lost headers to and challenges with shorter and smaller opponents, seemed a bit lacking in desire/strength. But they are young lads and am not sure how much we/they can learn from U23 matches. Will be interesting to see who goes on loan next month and how they do.
22 Posted 15/12/2020 at 07:59:28
23 Posted 15/12/2020 at 08:38:13
I was hoping too see Onyango provide some quality but it did seem to be treated as just another fixture when the lads need to understand that they are always on an audition.
Dave @13, that's probably the most scathing thing you've ever written about the youth players, so if you can't see a plan then I'm concerned.
24 Posted 15/12/2020 at 08:47:24
25 Posted 15/12/2020 at 09:37:52
In all cases it was praise loudly and criticise with a whisper, that is why I never had a go at any individual player from last nights game especially as some of them were very young and possibly still at school, so they have plenty of time to improve and lots of lads are late developers. Some players in the first team are still developing at 28, 29, and thirty, I think their bus has well gone past their stop!!!
26 Posted 15/12/2020 at 09:38:16
interested in Small. Seems he is only 16 years old can that be true ?
27 Posted 15/12/2020 at 12:50:38
more...+ recently Wayne Rooney & Ross Barkley but, after watching that turgid display last night, of the latest over hyped talent, there's absolutely nothing coming through...what's happened...?
28 Posted 15/12/2020 at 12:50:58
You don't get many centre backs with exceptional pace but Branthwaite appears to have it , add this to his already impressive frame and height and we could have an absolute outstanding future player.
As previous mentioned by a poster alongside Holgate and Godfrey we have a potentially superb future in the defensive areas.
As for Small he is going to be huge, just give the lad time.
Remember the "naysayers" who were having a go at DCL before he was given time to blossom.
Patience is required.
29 Posted 15/12/2020 at 13:01:10
30 Posted 15/12/2020 at 13:35:59
31 Posted 15/12/2020 at 13:47:36
32 Posted 15/12/2020 at 13:49:22
33 Posted 15/12/2020 at 14:30:53
34 Posted 16/12/2020 at 19:08:00
I think a loan in league 2 is better than reserve football for those over a certain age or that have gained and proven themselves against other teenagers.
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