Stan Collymore: I can't wait for this to happen to Everton
By Amir Mir
Stan Collymore has stated that he can’t wait for Everton to “keep their best players” and “become a force again”.
This follows Ronald Koeman’s side making a statement of intent when they beat Premier League title chasers Manchester City 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Toffees produced a performance of high quality as a mixture of youth and experience combined to seal a well deserved three points for the home side.
Striker Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the first half before winger Kevin Mirallas doubled the scores straight after the break.
Teenage duo, Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman, added a third and a fourth with academy product Davies dinking the ball over City goalkeeper Claudi Bravo in sublime fashion for his goal.
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Despite his affiliation with the red side of Merseyside, this is what Collymore had to say about the Toffees and the road he is hoping they will take.
“Instead of the constant rumours of the next Scouse wonder kid being poached by a City or United down the road, with the new investment, fine crop of young talent and very good manager, the tide may be turning in favour of the Toffees keeping their best players, pushing on and becoming a force again,” Collymore wrote in his Boyle Sports column.
“For me, having played for the Red side, I can’t wait for this to happen!”
Academy trio Ross Barkley, Mason Holgate and Davies played 90 minutes during the win against Pep Guardiola’s men.
England international Wayne Rooney was the most notable player to have made a switch from Everton’s academy to a club chasing for the Premier League title.
The Manchester United striker made the move to Old Trafford from his boyhood club as a teenager for £24million in 2004.
Nonetheless, the academy trio of Barkley, Davies and Holgate will be hoping to get more game time for the senior team as they take on Crystal Palace next Saturday.
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