David Unsworth makes bold claim about Everton academy
By Harvey Byrne
Everton Under-23s manager David Unsworth has made the bold claim that the club’s academy has eight players ready to follow the footsteps of Tom Davies into the senior team.
Davies, 18, gave another impressive display in his club’s midfield in the 4-0 victory over Manchester City on Sunday afternoon, marking the occasion with his first senior goal.
The club has seen a number of young talent break into the team under Ronald Koeman, with Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin also featuring in the league.
It is not rare that a club has a batch of youngsters come through at the same time, as seen at Manchester United with the class of 92, while West Ham and Southampton have both done similar.
However, Unsworth believes that the Toffees have as many as eight players who can all make the step up to the first team, which is unheard of at a top level club.
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“I think there are a lot,” started Unsworth speaking to TalkSPORT on Monday. “People say in academies there might be two or three coming through, but I really believe there are probably six, seven, eight players.
“These are young boys who have already made their senior debuts for Everton, are training with the first team every day and could do what Tom did yesterday.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin [19 – forward] has already made his debut this season, Mason Holgate is performing as well as Tom Davies, the likes of Matthew Pennington [22 – defender], Jonjoe Kenny [19 – defender], Kieran Dowell [19 – midfielder], have all made their debuts for the first team and I fully expect them to go on to play for Everton for a number of years.”
Everton have a strong record of producing players through their academy and they have brought through the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and Leon Osman in the past.
However, they have never had so many young players looking to break into the first team and this could be the beginning of a golden era for the Toffees.
The Under-23s side will now be looking to win the Premier League Two title as they sit at the top with 26 points from their 12 matches, two points clear of second placed Manchester United.
Meanwhile, the senior side are looking to improve on two disappointing campaigns under Roberto Martinez and are currently occupying seventh place.
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