Kyle John signs a new 2-year contract extension

Monday, 21 June, 2021 10comments  |  Jump to last

Everton U23s centre-back, Kyle John, has signed a new 2-year deal that extends his contract through June 2023.

With his current contract set to expire at the end of this month, the 20-year-old — who has still to make his Premier League debut despite training with the first team sitting on the bench for six Premier League games last season — is now looking to play a greater part with the first team.

Kyle featured in two pre-season friendlies last year but suffered a serious ankle injury while playing for Everton Under-23s that kept him sidelined for a good part of the season, although he did play in 16 of the 24 PL2 games.

Speaking to evertontv, he said: "It is a proud moment to sign a contract, especially with Everton.

“I felt as good as I ever had [at the beginning of the season] and the injury was a big blow.

“But I was determined to get through it and back to where I was — nothing was stopping me from getting there."

He added: "Training with the first team has helped me come on massively. I feel 10

times the player I was two years ago.

"But there is not one area of my game I don't need to improve. I can get better defensively and with my attacking, my crossing and final ball.

"I need to get bigger and stronger. Playing Premier League football at Goodison Park is the dream."


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James Flynn
1 Posted 21/06/2021 at 14:50:35
Say one thing for these kids, however inexperienced they are in big-league footy, every one of them have their "media-speak" down as pat as veteran players.
Andrew Keatley
2 Posted 21/06/2021 at 17:04:08
Really good news. Much more of a right back than a centre back though I’d say Michael. Quick, energetic, ready and willing to put in sprints up and down the flank with and without the ball, and very physical in the challenge - I rate him.
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 21/06/2021 at 18:38:59
Yep, definitely right back/ wing back too small to be a centre back. I’m not certain he has the defensive capabilities to make it to our first team, and we definitely need to sign an experienced right back this summer, if we do I’d expect him to go out on loan. A tidy player though with plenty of energy and speed and well worth a two year deal to see if he can make the breakthrough.
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:09:16
Thanks for that clarification, guys. He seems to be one of the better players, from what I recall of watching the handful of U23 games that were streamed.
Brent Stephens
5 Posted 21/06/2021 at 21:22:06
Yes, more solid going forward. I like the lad’s attitude.
Chris Mason
6 Posted 22/06/2021 at 09:04:30
Best of luck to him. Sounds thrilled. Good on him.
James Flynn
7 Posted 24/06/2021 at 02:51:21
Andrew and Phil. Thanks for the info.

For pace and quickness, where would you place Kyle on a scale from Seamus to Jonjoe?

Andrew Keatley
8 Posted 24/06/2021 at 15:28:02
James (7) - No stats to back this up but from what I have observed I’d guess that Kyle John would be in the top 5 quickest players in our squad - so a good deal faster than Kenny or Coleman. Seems to have very good acceleration over short distances too.
James Flynn
9 Posted 24/06/2021 at 16:18:35
Andrew - Thanks. Much appreciated.

A good deal faster than Seamus? This kid must fly. Among other things, we definitely need athletes.

So, a 2 year deal, I'm guessing, means Kyle goes out on loan to see if we actually have something in him?

Thanks again.

Justin Doone
10 Posted 25/06/2021 at 10:00:23
Good luck to the lad.

He's fairly small so for a defensive player he definitely needs to bulk up and work on his strength.

On pace, his small stature gives him an advantage of quick acceleration over 5 years. But he's not particularly quick in general.

I'd back Seamus in a 60 yard race, especially whist keeping the ball under control.

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