Chelsea U23s 1 - 1 Everton U23sAfter taking the lead through a fine goal by Tom Cannon after the break, Everton U23s gave up a late tying goal to Chelsea in their Premier League 2 fixture this afternoon.
Everton went ahead when Tom Cannon ran on to a great forward pass and fired it into the Chelsea net.
But the home side snatched a draw when they equalized in the 90th minute.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, John, Campbell, Welch, Astley, Warrington, Hughes (85' Quirk [Y:89']), Onyango, Cannon (74' Whitaker), Price, Dobbin (62' Mills [Y:85']).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Anderson.
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1 Posted 30/10/2021 at 13:19:18
2 Posted 30/10/2021 at 14:18:13
3 Posted 30/10/2021 at 15:26:00
4 Posted 30/10/2021 at 15:39:15
5 Posted 30/10/2021 at 16:13:35
I don't think Benitez is being conservative about not playing the youths, I think he is being realistic.
Maybe Dobbin has got something and he has already come on as a sub this season even though it was for a few seconds!!
6 Posted 30/10/2021 at 18:27:09
7 Posted 31/10/2021 at 07:53:15
Onyango played well but still needs games for fitness according to Unsworth and Lewis Warrington continues to catch the eye with regularity. Sounds like a few of them had decent games including Rhys Hughes, who seems to be proactive in making things happen.
8 Posted 31/10/2021 at 08:00:53
9 Posted 31/10/2021 at 08:04:22
Not sure about Ellis Simms injury status, no information on it. He was recovering but just maybe had a setback. An insightful article a month ago about Simms and Rafa's thoughts on him. I'd love to see him get a chance ahead of Rondon, if he was fully fit and recovered.
10 Posted 31/10/2021 at 08:06:03
Just one thought: What is Unsworth's role now? Is he Director of the Academy or U23s manager? I know I've mentioned it before, but I was under the impression he had been promoted. But he still seems to focus on being in the U23 dugout?
11 Posted 31/10/2021 at 08:26:45
Ellis Simms is a different case, and Branthwaite. They are in no-man's land, like Nkounkou was, between the U23s and the first team. Both have the potential to make an impact and both need to be playing competitive matches.
I hope good decisions are being made for their progression. If fit, I would have liked to have seen Simms given a chance ahead of Rondon or even as an early substitution.
Branthwaite is so young for a centre-back, but a classy player, and I think the most likely outcome is another loan from January to get some meaningful game time.
Saying that, it is interesting to consider, even now, how he would compete in the central defence as an alternative to Godfrey or Holgate. Considering Godfrey's Covid issues and Holgate's inconsistencies.
I'm not sure of Unsworth's official role, Danny, I thought in that post-match interview he was almost selling himself as competent and the man to take the U23s forward. Maybe I'm over-thinking it!
He was made “Director of Academy” in September 2020.
12 Posted 31/10/2021 at 08:40:39
As for Iwobi, I was on to him not long after he joined us. I see no merit in a player who has no heart for a fight and I'm disappointed every time he is on the field for Everton. The only explanation is the squad is so short of good players that he gets a game. He is here until his contract runs out because I can't see a buyer for him.
Rondon will come good when Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are fully fit. He will satisfy a lot more fans then than now, mostly has a sub or playing alongside one of them. That's just my opinion, of course, and you can tell me what to do with that at your leisure, Gary!!
13 Posted 31/10/2021 at 08:47:38
I agree on Rondon, Dave. It will start tomorrow night. “The ex-West Brom striker scores against former Black Country rivals Wolves after a difficult start at Everton.” The script is written.
14 Posted 31/10/2021 at 09:24:08
"The only explanation is the squad is so short of good players he gets a game,"
Yes, sadly, it's a measure of the poor quality of the squad which the manager has to work with that Iwobi gets a game. I think it's probably the case at all levels of football that there are Fancy Dans who love to show their ball skills in training but chicken out on the pitch.
15 Posted 31/10/2021 at 21:50:17
Anyway, it leaves the manager in desperate straits when he tries to change our team. Hopefully, he is giving Iwobi playing time to see if anyone is daft enough to buy him.
I'd love to see Dobbin come on as a sub and wonder what's happened to Ellis Simms, as I'd like to see him get a chance as well.
ps: Definitely as subs and not as starters. I wouldn't want them to suffer a full match and come off listening to the boos that rang round the ground last week.
16 Posted 02/11/2021 at 19:02:41
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