By Harvey Byrne
Everton academy graduate Jose Baxter has admitted to being “silver spooned” at the club.
The now 24-year-old was once considered a bright prospect at the Toffees, but he is currently without a club after being released by Sheffield United in the summer.
He is also currently serving a 12-month ban, which was sanctioned in the summer after failing a second drugs test in his career.
However, he is now taking responsibility for his latest actions after admitting that he had it easy while at Everton.
“There is only myself who can do this,” said Baxter to The Times, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “I have been stupid for putting myself in situations.
“I will be the first to hold my hands up and say I was silver spooned at Everton.
“I didn’t realise what I had and, up until this happened, I didn’t realise how privileged I was. It made me hungrier and I want it more than ever.”
Baxter became the Premier League’s youngest ever starter in 2008 at the age of 16.
He was often compared to fellow Toffees youth graduate Wayne Rooney, but the England international never reached his full potential following his release in the summer of 2012.
Now fans of the club will be hoping that current bright prospect Ross Barkley doesn’t follow a similar path to Baxter following a inconsistent start to the campaign.
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