Middlesbrough U18s 4 - 1 Everton U18s
Everton U18s travel to Middlesbrough and a first-half battering in the U18 Premier League.
A number of younger players have featured so far this season in the opening loss at Leeds and the creditable draw at home to current Champions, Manchester City, where young striker Martin Sherif notched his first goal at this level with a fine late equaliser.
The Blues got off to a terrible start, giving up a goal in the first minute. They respond well through youngster Halid Djankpata just a couple of minutes later but gave up two more goals before the half-hour mark, and went 4-1 behind by half-time.
There were no more goals in the second half but the damager was done early on in this one, giving the young Blues no chance to recover.
Everton U18s: Stewart, Mallon, Wilson, Tierney, Jones (64' Coughlan), Jagne, Melcalfe, Heath, Apter (90' Smikle-James), Djankpata, Sherif.
Subs not Used: Graham, Butler, Beaumont-Clark
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1 Posted 28/08/2021 at 13:54:53
Of the schoolboys, Butler is a new name, Jacob Beaumont-Clark is a highly rated attacker, with England youth appearances.
The other Schoolboys are Apte, right sided midfield attacker and Martin Sherif, big no 9 who scored last week.
Hang on in there kids, itll come right!
2 Posted 29/08/2021 at 08:39:02
3 Posted 29/08/2021 at 13:59:22
It's down to Paul Tait and his coaches at U18 and Unsworth at U23 to work it out. As we've said elsewhere, 6 months can see significant changes at these levels, particularly in players who've never trained full time before.
Having the U18s being mainly first year Scholars and Schoolboys and U23s mainly 2nd year Scholars is for me a great model. It's taken two years to get there, I'm sure it will come right again this season.
4 Posted 29/08/2021 at 14:19:40
Certainly agree with Phill though. Once our youth transfer ban ended, I expected a few signings to supplement this group. Like the RS have done to good effect with Brewster, Ibe, Sterling and more recently Gordon from Derby.
Not everyone from other academies will turn out to be a Sterling or Sancho but even an Ejaria can bring in revenue from loans and sales.
5 Posted 30/08/2021 at 16:55:58
I think it looks like both teams, could do with a little bit more experience to help bring them along, but as you both say, it's still very early days, which is hopefully how they're currently viewing it at Finch Farm.
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