Everton Academy now boasts a number of serious prospects for future advancement to the higher echelons of football. This article lists 10 young players to keep an eye on over the coming seasons to see how they progress:
- Tyler Onyango
- Thierry Small
- Rhys Hughes
- Harry Tyrer
- Isaac Price
- Tom Cannon
- Matthew Mallon
- Reece Welch
- Lewis Warrington
- Charlie Whitaker
Whether they end up saving Everton millions in the transfer market, as the dubious Echo headline claims, well, the evidence of hundreds of previous exciting prospects who failed to make the grade shows how difficult it will be for these lads.
Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo
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1 Posted 29/03/2021 at 16:42:59
Good luck to them all.
2 Posted 29/03/2021 at 17:50:52
There seem to be dozens of lads who come through the academy and don't make the first team but go on to have a career in the lower leagues. Does the club get any money for bringing through these young players, or are we supplying them to the game for free, as it were?
3 Posted 29/03/2021 at 19:38:25
There's also Jagne, Garcia, Kouyate and Dobbin who could conceivably make a first team debut for us.
The standards they need to hit at a young age are extraordinarily high.
5 Posted 29/03/2021 at 19:43:53
6 Posted 29/03/2021 at 19:50:02
7 Posted 29/03/2021 at 20:03:59
8 Posted 29/03/2021 at 20:10:48
But, after Harry Catterick left Goodison, the youth teams players providing players for the 1st team went into sharp decline. To such an extent, the Everton academy have only provided one extra irregular player to the first team in 5 years.
9 Posted 30/03/2021 at 17:03:49
A bit surprised Ryan Astley is not mentioned or is he in the group above now? The same for Tony Dobbin. Mind you, we have seen over the years players who we thought would make it, but seem to fade into obscurity. Kieran Dowell, was the one I had very high hopes for, and he was given chances at senior level, and in pre-season games, but apart from the odd flourish he never seemed to want it enough.
With the Summer Transfer Window looming, and even if we get half of the globally famous names, we have been linked with, plus what we already have, it will be even harder for these lads to push established Internationals for a place in the squad even. Form is temporary, Class is permanent, so if they have it, who knows?
10 Posted 30/03/2021 at 22:40:22
11 Posted 01/04/2021 at 09:35:09
Unless they absolutely stand out (Rooney is the only one who has done that), then it is very hard to tell with certainty who will make it. Some look very likely, then fade away; others who look ordinary and don't impress at a young age persevere and then blossom into very good players; Ben Godfrey seems to me to be one of those.
Who has took more stick than Tom Davies? yet only in the last few months has he started changing fans minds about his ability; he will never change some fans minds, I understand that.
I still believe that Liam Walsh will make it from Bristol City. His biggest mistake, in my opinion, was getting impatient and insisting in getting a permanent move to Bristol. He would have got his chance at Everton eventually, but that's the chance you take.
I see Small with a good chance of getting to the top out of the present players.
12 Posted 02/04/2021 at 09:07:32
"Everton full-back Thierry Small, 16, is willing to turn down a three-year professional deal in order to pursue first-team opportunities elsewhere, with Manchester United, Arsenal, Brighton and Brentford among those keen on his services".
13 Posted 02/04/2021 at 10:08:42
I read that too. The inference that he'd get more first team opportunities at Man Utd (or Arsenal) made me laugh! As for leaving EFC for Brighton or Brentford...
14 Posted 02/04/2021 at 10:33:50
Might as well stop dreaming now, none of them will do a thing.
15 Posted 02/04/2021 at 10:35:32
As a player I guess youd look at the status and age of the players in front of you and make a judgement call. Apparently he hasnt signed a contract offered, thus it Wouldnt be a surprise if he opted to leave.
16 Posted 02/04/2021 at 10:42:13
4-year deal; Loan to Championship 21-22; Sell clause to top division team of £15M if not in first team by 22-23
It's a shame we've got 3 good left-backs plus Godfrey and only an ageing and injury-prone Séamus at right-back.
17 Posted 02/04/2021 at 10:47:56
"That's if they get a game for the U23s before they're 21 with his track record."
The recent U23 line-ups don't suggest that.
18 Posted 02/04/2021 at 11:05:10
If the thread's pointless Kev, why bother posting? Unless, God forbid, you just wanna have a moan... :-)
19 Posted 02/04/2021 at 11:21:49
The last time we produced a world class player was Rooney whos a once in a generation player. Go back to scouting schools and parks to find another gold nugget. Its cheaper and more effective. Academies just destroy kids natural skills and make them into automatons.
20 Posted 02/04/2021 at 11:28:42
Good to now have first-team coaches who know what they're doing I'd say.
21 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:23:10
It is more realistic to look at the number who make it through to the first team. In that respect over the past twenty five years or so our academy has a reasonable track record, albeit many of those who made it to first team level failed to develop their careers as well as they might have. The reasons for that are many and varied but include the character of individuals, the attitude of managers and sometimes the luck of being in the right place at the right time.
23 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:33:56
I agree, a freak of nature was Wayne. A man's body and strength at the age of 16.
Nearest I have seen to him at the same age is Foden. This kid will develop into an all-time great in my opinion. A left footed Gascoigne with more pace.
24 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:35:19
Id spend less money on the bottom end, and more money on the top end, (ages) and start schooling the kids once they got to the last two years of school.
Keep the fun in the game for as long as possible, winning is great but learning is better, and just because you win, doesnt necessarily mean youre learning, but thats just my own opinion, on a huge subject, with enough different opinions to fill a book.
25 Posted 02/04/2021 at 12:58:59
The opposite of Solksjaer!
26 Posted 02/04/2021 at 13:11:05
27 Posted 02/04/2021 at 13:17:02
I also see the Echo is refuting the story in the Express, and saying he, Small, cant sign a contract until hes 17 later this year and ‘understands talks are progressing normally and smoothly.
28 Posted 02/04/2021 at 20:11:51
Its ridiculous. What motivation to succeed is there? If Ive got a few million quid in the bank Id put me feet up too.
29 Posted 02/04/2021 at 20:17:10
30 Posted 05/04/2021 at 19:53:39
Ollie Watkins, Ezri Konsa, James Tarkowski, Said Benrahma, Neil Maupay etc with Ivan Toney next up. Of course newspaper transfer speculation is 90% rubbish but the idea is by no means daft.
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