Full List of Everton Academy Players and Graduates

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Beyond the 25-man First-Team squad of senior professionals Everton have registered for the current season, there is a long list of Under-23s, Under-21s, Under-18s, and Under-17s who are also registered to play for the club, with most of them classed as 'home-grown' (HG) per the FA rules:

Joe Anderson (HG)
Ryan Astley (HG)
Owen Barker (HG)
Jack Barrett
Jarrad Branthwaite (HG)
Luke Butterfield (HG)
Shae Cahill
Eli Campbell (HG)
Tom Cannon (HG)
Sam Coughlan (HG)
Halid Djankpata
Lewis Dobbin (HG)
Rafael Garcia (HG)
Lewis Gibson (HG)
Anthony Gordon (HG)
Dylan Graham
Harry Hagan (HG)
Isaac Heath (HG)
Liam Higgins (HG)
Rhys Hughes (HG)
MacKenzie Hunt (HG)
Einar Iversen (HG)
Imam Jagne
Kyle John (HG)
Ed Jones (HG)
Moise Kean (HG)
Katia Kouyate (HG)
Sebastian Kristensen
Zan-Luk Leban
Mathew Mallon (HG)
Saja Manafa (HG)
Sean McAllister
Jenson Metcalfe (HG)
Stan Mills (HG)
Niels Nkounkou
Francis Okoronkwo (HG)
Tyler Onyango (HG)
Isaac Price (HG)
Roman Quintyne (HG)
Seb Quirk (HG)
Ellis Simms (HG)
Troy Smikle-James (HG)
Jak Stewart (HG)
Jack Tierney
Harry Tyrer (HG)
Lewis Warrington (HG)
Reece Welch (HG)
Charlie Whitaker (HG)
Charlie Wilson (HG)
Harry Wright

This list includes players who are out on loan and features Tim Cahill's son Shae and Danny Mills's son Stan, as well as the Nigerian youngster Francis Okoronkwo, who was reported to be set to sign for the Blues from Sunderland back in July.  

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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 12/09/2021 at 09:48:50
I guess it's not actually a full list as these names have popped up already this season as new ones for the U18s:

Matthew Apter
Jacob Beaumont-Clark
Jack Butler
Coby Ebere
Emilio Lawrence
Johnson Opawole
Ishe Samuels-Smith
Martin Sherif

I'm thinking these are perhaps still 'Schoolboys' and not 'Scholars' who have signed Scholarship Agreements with the Club?

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 12/09/2021 at 11:46:03
Michael (1) we’ll with your addition to your opening list that makes fifty nine players, from schoolboys to young men in their early twenties, I reckon between eight and ten will play for Everton’s first team, maybe over optimistic on my part!!
Robert Tressell
3 Posted 12/09/2021 at 12:23:37
Dobbin, Whitaker, Price, Welch and Warrington look the likeliest to follow Branthwaite, Gordon, Simms and Onyango onto the bench / loan. Such a shame that Simms and Onyango got injured just as they were really kicking on.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 12/09/2021 at 13:37:40
8 - 10 players would be a great output Dave. But I'd take 1 - 3 of high quality over quantity.

I was watching a documentary on Feyenoord today. Interesting to see comments on them not producing the calibre they had in previous years. So double fold. Not producing the standard they want for the first team, but then not producing the standard they can sell on to make money.

Schalke suffered from being to focussed on making money from their academy in my opinion, so it should always be about striking a balance. But then, a lot of their young players let their contracts run down, so maybe just a feature of the modern game rather than the clubs' fault. We've just had it with Small.

When you have an academy of that standard, the hawks like Bayern are hovering early. They lost their very promising keeper Nubel on a free to Bayern and he didn't have a hope in chance of replacing Neuer (also a Schalke product).

Watching the Edinburgh Derby. I know its a different level of football, but Baningime is looking tidy and having a good game.

The Hibs' keeper has put in a fine performance.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 12/09/2021 at 13:51:55
Ask him to name the ones who he thinks will get a game for Everton’s first team Danny!
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 12/09/2021 at 13:56:19
Danny (4), yes 1-3 of high quality would be preferable to 8-10 average players.

Yesterday one of the players on the list Moise Kean cost Juventus the game against Napoli with a dreadful header in his own six yard box forcing the Juventus goalkeeper to make a save but couldn’t prevent Napoli from forcing it home, a really bad mistake by Moise!!

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:02:26
Tony (5), well Onyango, Gordon, Dobbin and Branthwaite have already played for the first team, not to mention Moise Kean, wouldn’t like to predict any definite ones from the list as most of them are still very, very, young. Patience is the name of the game with young players.
Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:09:26
I almost commented somewhere else on that Dave and its an interesting point.

Personally, and maybe I'm old fashioned as I approach 50, but I've never been a fan of forwards defending set pieces. Okay, I see the logic (height, good in the air etc), but they aren't defenders.

I'd rather have them on the half way line ready to react to the counter attack.

Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:10:11
Sounds like you’ve chopped the numbers in half already Dave!
Phill Thompson
10 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:10:49
Michael #1, great list, comprehensive. Yes, they are all Schoolboys you have listed, these have appeared in squads so far. I think there's a Schoolboy goalkeeper who's been in a squad but not played, I can't regenerate his name.

All the new Scholars are mixed into the full list you've put up.

Phill Thompson
11 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:22:50
Danny #4,

Yeah, I caught a bit of Beni's performance, he's been doing well for Hearts this season. Maybe it's the permanent move that's helped.

It's curious that a number of ex players are also showing up well in the Championship now they are on permanent deals, Shayne Lavery, Josh Bowler, Dennis Adeniran. Yet none featured significantly when on loans.

I wonder if managers don't trust young loan layers or see any point in developing them. Currently we've got Gibson and Broadhead failing to start regularly on loan.

Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 12/09/2021 at 14:37:40
I think you have a very good discussion point there Phill.

The loan system is sporadic, but we don't have another model.

This makes us circle back to the feeder club and B team concept.

And with the feeder club, I'd suggest linking with foreign teams to get our young players experience in other leagues.

If you think about it, both Watford (Udinese), Wolves (Portugal) and Brentford (Denmark), have used the principle to some degree. I don't think the latter were linked to one specific club in the same way Watford were, but the principle was similar.

We do it in the military (okay, I'm ex-Army now). They're called exchange assignments and coalitions to achieve mutual benefit.

Michael Kenrick
13 Posted 12/09/2021 at 17:09:58
Perhaps something like this, Danny???


Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
14 Posted 13/09/2021 at 20:07:06
Michael! Danny Mill's son? Were you a greengrocer in a previous life? Danny Mills'
His name is Mills so the possessive form is not to add an 's and make it Mills's but to just add the apostrophe.

We not only have the best site, but also the best written site.

Justin Doone
15 Posted 13/09/2021 at 22:50:00
The loan system isn't a "one size fits all" option. It's simply a useful tool to give youngsters a better chance of real competitive football.

It's now becoming a recruitment bargaining tool to agree future deals to get around financial rules.

Yes, we need to start the feeder club model, eg, Red Bull or Man City global feeder system but we won't until it's too late and then play catchup for a few decades.

As for who will make it... depends on our manager and what we need. But it will probably start with being 6ft, athletic, comfortable on the ball with a good range of passing. Most likely a defender or midfielder.

Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 14/09/2021 at 10:12:08
Ouch, you caught me there, Phill. Very poor error.

Although I prefer to see the apostrophe-s on names like Mills (and James) in the possessive form. When speaking, don't we add the second 's' sound? So it needs the apostrophe-s in written form, even with a following 's' sound: Mills's son; James's salary; Leeds's substitutes (although the last one does sound clumsy!).

But a little internet research show style guides vary on this. I'd like to blame the Yanks – they have a blanket rule for all words ending in -s, whether singular or plural, the possessive form is adding the apostrophe only. But we Brits have some horrible examples set in stone: St James' Park.

When it is a name ending in -s, it is singular, not plural, so there is no reason to treat it the same as a normal plural word that has had the s added: the boys' shoes. The worst one is not using 's with names ending in -ez: Rodriguez's salary – that absolutely has to have the apostrophe-s added.

But the rules, if they exist at all, are confusing and obviously of little interest to most people, so I'll stop there.

Peter Mills
17 Posted 14/09/2021 at 10:52:06
Michael #16, as a Mills I’m with you, definitely Mills’s rather than Mills’!
John Pickles
18 Posted 14/09/2021 at 14:20:32
If he has the same self-belief and determination as his dad, Shae will surely make it.
Michael Kenrick
19 Posted 15/09/2021 at 14:44:52

There's a new feature on the 2021-22 Academy Scholars at the Official Everton Website:

Everton's 2021-22 Academy scholars

They have those numbers again on their shirts and the list of names below. But you gotta play the vid to get them to connect!

And the weird thing is these numbers don't seem to jive with the ones we saw last night, eg, 73 – is it Elijah Campbell or Harry Wright?


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