League-leading U23s power past Spurs

Monday 10 April 2017  85 Comments  [Jump to last]
Everton U23 4 - 1 Tottenham U23

Everton's Under-23s took another step towards the Premier League 2 title when they saw off Tottenham by what was eventually an emphatic margin at Goodison Park.

David Unsworth's side had not played for almost a month but led Manchester City by two points coming into this evening's game but had the advantage of a game in hand.

Unsworth was able to name a strong-looking side that included Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Joe Williams, the recalled Brendan Galloway, and Mo Besic, returning from yet another long-term injury.

They struggled initially, perhaps through unfamiliarity in a difficult first half played mostly in the Everton half of the pitch. But the best chance came from a brilliant cross by Lookman that Calvert-Lewin powered the wrong side of the post.

Harry Charsley replaced Mo Besic for the second half, the Bosnian midfielder still working his way back to fitness after a long lay-off, although he didn't seem to have lost much of the aggression in his game.

It took until the hour mark before the Blues' class finally told, with Galloway going on a very fine run and crossing brilliantly to the far post were the ball hit Ademola Lookman and went in.

Bassala Sambou came on and delivered an absolute pearler, curling in a great shot off his left foot into the top corner, before Spurs pulled one back through Kazaiah Sterling.

Dowell restored the two-goal cushion when he added a third and Calvert-Lewin rounded off the scoring with the fourth.

Everton U23s: Hewelt; Kenny, Feeney, Galloway, Robinson; Besic (46' Charsley), Walsh, Williams; Lookman (65' Sambou), Dowell (84' Henen), Calvert-Lewin.
Subs not used: Gray, Foulds.

 

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 10/04/2017 at 16:21:53
Come on you young blues!
Frank Wade
2 Posted 10/04/2017 at 19:20:34
Good side out. Great to see Galloway and Besic back. Hewelt, Kenny, Feeney, Galloway, Robinson, Besic, Williams, Walsh, Dowell, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman.

Link

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 10/04/2017 at 19:26:20
How does it work? Is just top team promoted?
Colin Glassar
4 Posted 10/04/2017 at 19:55:11
Mo Besic is back and sounds like he's playing great. Not so Lookman.
Srdjan Sekulic
5 Posted 10/04/2017 at 19:56:08
Poor game so far. We're slightly better but it's not what you'd expect from a team that wants a top spot. Still think we'll scrape it 1-0. Robinson the best player on the pitch so far IMO.

Why (and how) on earth did we recall Galloway in the mid-April? I don't get this. Pretty much a lost season for this fella. Hopefully, he'll get some senior games this year after (if) he we regains some match fitness.

Frank Wade
6 Posted 10/04/2017 at 19:56:28
Kieran, We are in Division 1. This is the first season. The rules and format are contained in this link.

Link

Tight match. It's 0-0 at half time. We are finding it hard to get into a rhythm. Besic the key man so far ( for me Srdjan ! )

Galloway wasn't playing for West Brom, so he might as well be recalled so Koeman can get a look at him. I thought we could only recall players from Premier League clubs during the transfer window. Maybe allowed as he is under 21.

Ray Robinson
7 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:03:18
This looks a much changed team than the one that I saw beat Man Utd 3-1. Donkor is injured and back in Germany but where is Dufus?

Having Pennington on first team duty along with Holgate and Davies who could also play means that the line-up can change from match to match, I guess.

How is Galloway playing? The new loan system rules state that loanees can only be recalled in transfer windows. He's still at WBA isn't he?

David Hallwood
8 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:04:05
Anyone give me a link, I've just followed the club's official FB page and I'm getting a 404

Charlie McCann
9 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:08:16
Great to see Mo Besic back. Looked really good and sharp in that first half. Overall team performance just been ok in the first half but looking bit better already in this second half.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:13:10
C'mon Palace.
Srdjan Sekulic
12 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:15:57
Frank/Ray,

I thought so as well but Wikipedia says he was recalled today!? This fucks me up, why he wasn't recalled earlier if there was a possibility. He rotted in WBA for the past 6 months.

COYB!

Frank Wade
13 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:18:24
David, if the direct link doesn't work, try https://www.facebook.com/Everton/ and click on the match.

It works fine for me and I am one of the few remaining non-Facebook dinosaurs.

Frank Wade
14 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:20:06
SrdJan, Maybe just allowed play in this competition. I agree, I thought he should have been recalled in January when Pulis wasn't giving him game time.
Srdjan Sekulic
15 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:21:24
Get innnnn!!!
Frank Wade
16 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:21:45
Goal!!!! Lookman. Great run by Galloway up left.
Srdjan Sekulic
17 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:29:17
2-0. Whatta goal!!! Sambou!!
Frank Wade
18 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:29:25
Super goal !!! Sambou 2-0
Charlie McCann
19 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:29:51
What a goal by Sambou! Well done. Playing great here
Brent Stephens
20 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:31:04
Cracking second.
Srdjan Sekulic
21 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:31:30
Crap! 2-1
Frank Wade
22 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:31:50
Lukaku would have been proud of that one. Ball played in from right back position to Sambou at edge of box, back to goal, centre back tight, turns onto his left and curls one into the far top corner.

2-1 Edwards, the Tottenham Messi the architect.

Ian Cowhig
23 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:32:32
Great Goal that. Lukaku-like.
Frank Wade
24 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:35:04
What a goal by Kieran Dowell, typical Dowell effort 3-1
Srdjan Sekulic
25 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:35:07
3-1. Dowell. Even better than the second!
Frank Wade
26 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:47:02
4-1 Calvert Lewin. Spurs in a defensive muddle
Srdjan Sekulic
27 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:47:29
4-1! DCL

Solid (and deserved) win after shaky first half.

And whatta break from Lukaku and Barkley BS.

Mike Oates
28 Posted 10/04/2017 at 20:58:01
Great result.

Donkor isn't injured – he played for Germany U19 vs Tom Davies and England U19 2 weeks ago????

Colin Glassar
29 Posted 10/04/2017 at 21:06:28
4-1? Better than the grown ups!
Harvey Miller
30 Posted 10/04/2017 at 21:14:20
So many good performances. Galloway is back, Kenny was good as was Williams and Walsh. Besic played after a long break. Dowell was quiet first half and then scored a great goal. Lookman looks like he needs a break.

Everton really has the best academy these days, I just hope that they will make the grade. Man Utd's success in the early Premier League was based solely on the class '91 (or what ever year it was). I think we should sacrifice a little bit of success by playing the youngsters. But it always requires the right mix.

Frank Wade
31 Posted 10/04/2017 at 21:24:32
Are you sure he played Mike. Was that U19 game not v Spain?
Phill Thompson
32 Posted 10/04/2017 at 22:00:30
Mike I believe you've seen a match from about August last year. Donkor played, as did Calvert-Lewin and Lookman who both scored.
Ray Robinson
33 Posted 10/04/2017 at 22:04:05
Donkor went back to Germany didn't he to recover from an injury – or so I thought?
Tony Hill
34 Posted 10/04/2017 at 22:21:45
Can anyone say how good Sambou is? He seems to be making strong progress.
Alasdair Mackay
35 Posted 10/04/2017 at 22:33:48
Joe Williams stood out for me tonight. Looks very assured.

Calvert-Lewin as well.

Dowell is capable of the exceptional, but some of his decision-making is erratic.

Great to see Galloway back and playing well at left-side centre-half. I'd love to know what Koeman thinks of him.

Pete Edwards
36 Posted 10/04/2017 at 23:21:12
I thought Galloway was still at West Brom!?
Charlie Lloyd
37 Posted 10/04/2017 at 23:29:05
Some really good performances tonight.

Special mention to Joe Williams who, for me, was Man of the Match.

Frank Wade
38 Posted 10/04/2017 at 23:29:35
According to the Echo, Galloway was released from his loan by Pulis, but cannot play in the Premier League, only the U23 games. A pity we didn't do this in January.
John Raftery
39 Posted 10/04/2017 at 23:50:30
Sambou gave a good cameo performance, coming on with 25 minutes left. His goal was superb. Without the ball he worked hard to pressurise defenders and certainly made his presence felt. Promising, I would say.
Peter Carpenter
40 Posted 11/04/2017 at 00:35:16
Two players stood out - Dowell and Walsh.

Walsh seemed to be the catalyst after a flat first half, demanding the ball and getting Everton on the front foot - he has a great range of passing.

Dowell seems to see a pass before anyone else and has great first time touch. His goal, left foot, top corner from the edge of the D, is becoming routine. Both of these two look ready for the step up. Dowell, in particular, looks physically ready now.

Calvert-Lewin looked like his first team outings have given him confidence and it was good to see Galloway back, his run (a reminder of when he stood in for Baines) set up the first goal. The left-back, Robinson, looked decent going forward and sub Sambou was pacy. Lookman had a frustrating evening, often slipping over or running offside.

Great entertainment - 4 goals is the minimum requirement from a trip to Goodison these days.

Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 11/04/2017 at 00:54:30
Made up for the lads, they should win the title now, it would be great if they clinched it by beating Liverpool in early May.

It mystifies me that Liam Walsh has never even been on the bench for the first team. He surely deserves a few minutes on the pitch before the end of the season. I just got in after a good night in town and this result has made the night better.

Dan Parker
42 Posted 11/04/2017 at 02:07:29
Get in! Those years of investing everyone penny in the pound on the youth system is starting to pay off.
Jay Harris
43 Posted 11/04/2017 at 04:01:56
Great result (as was Arsenal) but I thought they stuttered quite a bit especially first half.

Some cracking goals and build up play.

Thought individually one or two disappointed but Calvert-Lewin was consistently good over the 90 minutes. Sambou came on for the last 30 or so minutes and looked very good. Galloway had some good runs but looked a little rusty defensively. Lookman looked totally lost before being subbed but still scored his customary goal.

Personally I was very disappointed in Kieran Dowell (cracking goal aside) who I thought a couple of years ago had the makings of a top class player but he is more of a couple of cameos a game type player now. Too much style and not enough substance.

Spurs had a cracking little player called Edwards that we should look out for.

Derek Knox
44 Posted 11/04/2017 at 05:57:32
It's good to know that we have quite a few players ready to step up to the next level.

What we must guard against, is letting some of the better ones move on.

We've been proved to have slipped up fairly recently, Mustafa and Died spring to mind.

I have always liked Galloway since he came to us, but for some reason, he is loaned out, when we have little if no cover, for Leighton.

Mike Allison
45 Posted 11/04/2017 at 07:39:30
Does anyone know anything about Luke Garbutt? He's looked the natural successor to Baines in the past but seems to have disappeared off the radar. His set-piece delivery is outstanding and he's always a threat going forward.

I was going to ask about Browning but apparently he's on loan at Preston. I must have missed that one.

Chris James
46 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:06:26
Unless I've missed something, it looks like the team just needs 1 more point from the last 2 games to effectively seal the title (or 2 points to warn against a sizeable goal difference change).

We have Chelsea away on April 21st and then the final game will be against Liverpool at Goodison Park on May 8th, kick off 7pm. Wouldn't it be great to get a big crowd to cheer on the next generation, ideally putting one over the RS.

Appreciate it's not the main competition, but getting into a winning habit is important at all levels.

Alasdair Mackay
47 Posted 11/04/2017 at 08:06:43
Garbutt was on loan at Wigan, last I heard – he is also 4 years older than Antonee Robinson and 2 years older than Galloway.

I think at 23 and not getting a game at Wigan, we can write off Garbutt. Shame as he looked a good player.

Sam Hoare
48 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:01:44
Sounds as though Lookman has gone backwards a little bit after a good start. Hopefully just a blip before he pushes forward next season.

Really want some of these U23s to capitalise on the limelight that winning the league will give them. Dowell is best mates with Tom Davies and must follow his friends examples by working really hard and making sure his talent shows consistently throughout a game and not just in patches. Williams equally was often considered the equal (if not superior) to Davies his midfield compatriot before his injury.

Galloway must put the disappointing spell at WBA behind him and push forward too. He must be frustrated as he would have surely been in line for first team minutes before Pennington had he not been on a fruitless loan.

And finally the potential jewel that is Liam Walsh. Another talented individual who I think might benefit from a loan move to a decent Championship team next season just to get him ready for the Premier League.

Tony Abrahams
49 Posted 11/04/2017 at 09:29:22
Think this can happen sometimes when a kid gets a big move and everything is just a blur for a while, and they just do what they are good at Sam?

It won't be so new to him now, and it might even be a shock to him, to be surrounded by loads of very talented lads of a similar age, and the realisation of how hard this game of football can be.

This kid should be okay though because he looks like a little natural young talent, and it wouldn't surprise me if he was suffering from a little bit of home-sickness now that everything has stopped happening so quickly for him.

Ian Herbert
50 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:17:38
Some really promising players out there last night and a good result in the end, if not a great performance. I was really impressed with Williams, he always wants the ball and seems to find space with ease. Walsh looks good and Galloway gave a top performance too.

Nice to see Besic back in action; if he can stay fit, he has a big part to play for the first team next season. It is a big 'if' though...

Kim Vivian
51 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:33:04
Does anyone know about dates, times and tickets for that last game vs RS presumably at Goodison.

Might be worth a jolly up from Kent seeing as getting a ticket for first team games at Goodison is frustratingly pretty impossible these days. I make it my plan to try to get to Goodison at least once a season but that hasn't happened this time for one reason or another.

John Raftery
52 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:46:21
Kim – it is on Monday 8th May at 7 pm. I presume it will be at Goodison Park.
Kim Vivian
53 Posted 11/04/2017 at 10:52:48
Thanks John. There's nothing relevant on the OS that I can find. Presumably it is likely to be entry by ticket. Any idea of cost anyone – how much was it for the Spurs game last night for example?
Terence Tyler
54 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:24:00
Kim. £5 adults, £3 concessions, free for season ticket holders.
Alex Doyle
55 Posted 11/04/2017 at 14:45:15
Great to see the U23s doing so well. They are going to put big pressure on the first team squad and makes strengthening it with transfers all the more of a challenge.

I personally hope Everton continues to be a club that gives its younger players a chance.

Mike Dolan
56 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:02:41
Great second half, I thought Joe Williams looked real class very calm and assured. Sambou has looked great both times I've seen him makes himself available to receive the ball... great skill, blazing speed, and Lord what a goal!

Jonjoe Kenny also looks to be one for the future at full back.

Well done lads.

Phil Walling
57 Posted 11/04/2017 at 15:05:50
For all the tub thumping, I very much doubt whether more than a couple of our own grown kids will ever grace the first team on a regular basis.

Sure, Ross and Davies have come through but now that the Club is awash with money, Koeman will prefer ready-made stars to the like of Holgate and Pennington when he has a full roster to choose from. His inclusion of the two forwards signed from the lower leagues was merely a device to demonstrate the paucity of talent available to him.

Steve Ferns
58 Posted 11/04/2017 at 19:32:02
I disagree Phil. I was very concerned when Koeman took the job about his willingness to develop youth. He Showed a lack of desire to do so. He made comments about a kid from the Southampton academy who broke through to their first team, when we played them earlier this season.

When he was asked why he had shunned him, he said something like he did not know who he was, which I found very bizarre and infuriating at the time. He then was very reluctant to play Davies early on in the season, when loads on here were clambering for him. This is what led to have such doubts.

Koeman dispelled these doubts by not only naming Davies to start against City, but continuously selecting him, even ahead of Gueye who is a clear favourite of his. He also picked Calvert-Lewin in both derbies, he went with Pennington last few games.

He's had a load of the kids in and around the team since Christmas, even at the expense of much more experienced players. His comments of, to paraphrase "I am dutch, I play kids" leads me to believe that he will continue to do so. Koeman does not make comments like that without following through.

I believe that as long as the quality is there he will do so. Liam Walsh is one I am interested in keeping an eye on next season. I think Kenny will become more and more involved, early next season without Coleman.

I hear we have already agreed terms to sign the Southampton back up right back, Cuco Martina, on a free transfer, and that is purely to allow Coleman to reclaim his position and give back up to Holgate or Kenny if they fail to claim Coleman's place.

We are now nailed on for the Europa League, with at least 7th, and I expect Koeman to play a lot of youth in the early stages, especially if we have to play in July, which we would in 7th. Koeman has showed this by selections in the Cups.

Dave Abrahams
59 Posted 11/04/2017 at 20:48:43
Steve Ferns (#58),

I agree with you and hope you are correct regarding Jonjoe Kenny and Liam Walsh, I would guarantee that Jonjo at Oxford and Liam at Yeovil learned more last season with these clubs in just a few months than they have learned all this season playing for the U23s.

These two lads will make very good livings out of football, I hope it is with Everton, if they are not in Koeman's plans for next season, as others have said on here, they will learn and progress more by being loaned out to teams in The Championship than lingering in the Under-23s.

No disrespect to any of the players who played recently at Anfield, I would have had no hesitation in playing Kenny at right back in this game, he would have revelled playing in this game, think Gerrard at 19 playing for Liverpool against Everton, he couldn't wait to get on the pitch.

I'm mot saying Jonjoe is on Gerrard's level, but a young scouser playing against them at Anfield he would have been wound up like Gerrard was, and would have given a good account of himself, would have gone head to head with opponents, in an aggressive but controlled style, let them know they were in a game.

I think he and Liam should get some minutes in the first eleven before the end of the season and I hope David Unsworth is putting his twopence worth to Koeman in this matter.

Mick Davies
60 Posted 11/04/2017 at 21:53:41
Save the club a lot of money if most of these lads can progress together. I'm itching to see Liam Walsh in the first team: seems like the staff are waiting for him to bulk up a bit before throwing him into the Premier League fray.

Forget Fergies Fledglings, we could be reaping the rewards of Unsy's youngies in a few years time

Brent Stephens
61 Posted 11/04/2017 at 22:09:29
Mick, as you, I'm also itching to see if Liam Walsh can step up. What a little battler!
Andy Crooks
63 Posted 11/04/2017 at 22:36:43
A positive and enjoyable thread until the grim fucking reaper that is Phil Walling enters the fray. My God, Phil, I bowed to no one in my glass half emptiness but you raise the bar with every post.
Peter Gorman
64 Posted 11/04/2017 at 23:03:05
I agree 100% with you Dave that the derby was exactly the game to play Jonjoe Kenny rather than a young centre-half adapting to the position.

In all probability, 6th place is beyond us though hope springs eternal, I am hoping if we seal 7th (and Europe) with a few games to go, we'll have a good chance to give these youngsters a run out.

Dave Lynch
65 Posted 12/04/2017 at 00:06:45
Mick@60.

Unsey's Undies has a better ring to it.

Dave Williams
66 Posted 12/04/2017 at 00:11:10
Liam is no shrinking violet and is well able to look after himself at first team level. A mate of mine has season tickets at Yeovil and raved about him when he was on loan there last season. His chance will surely come as will Kenny's who sounds a shoe in for the first team.

Dowell is the intriguing one for me – he has all the ability but does he have that bit extra required to make it?

Peter Carpenter
67 Posted 12/04/2017 at 12:01:32
Looks like Dowell might be one of those players who divides opinion. He's got that unhurried style that some fans see as lacking commitment but think it's deceptive and he's definitely got bags of skill.

His shooting from 20 yards or so is brilliant – when he gets it there, you expect a goal. I was trying to avoid the comparison but here goes... almost Sheedy-like.

Tony Hill
68 Posted 12/04/2017 at 12:17:03
I've always had high hopes of him, Peter/Dave, but there's no question he's had a few problems over the last 12 months or so. Injury has played a part, I think, but I'd love to see him fulfil his undoubted gifts with us.

As with so many of the younger players in Under-23 / first-team territory, this next 12 months will be crucial.

Dave Williams
69 Posted 12/04/2017 at 16:59:04
Peter, the Sheedy comparison is a good call. We could do worse than stick him wide left in the first team in the last few games and see if he can do it.
Dave Abrahams
70 Posted 12/04/2017 at 17:42:53
Peter and Dave, yes you could compare Sheedy to Dowell. When Dowell gets the ball, he is very good, good passer and can beat a man, scores very good goals like Sheedy, the big difference is Sheedy always wanted the ball, went looking for it, made himself available and had a nuisance value in defending, putting himself in front of the attacker and gaining time for his defence to get back.

Dowell is still young and has time to learn and change his game, at the moment he drifts from the game for long spells, doesn't work hard at all, I've watched him since he was 16, noted how good he was but with the same problems, he hasn't improved them in the four years I've watched him, surely the coaches are telling him where he is going wrong.

I've aired these problems on here before not to put a downer on the lad but as constructive criticism, unless he gets involved more and works harder he is creating problems for himself.

He has most definitely got the talent to be a very good player, unfortunately talent alone will not get you to the top and a long career.

Phil Walling
71 Posted 12/04/2017 at 19:25:19
Andy @63, you know as well as I that nearly all these 'wonderful' kids will finish up plying their trade in the lower reaches of the game.

It's how the system works and Koeman/ Everton are no different in any way. It 'seems great to see them given a chance but the odds are that Davies is the only one we shall see much of beyond this season and I suspect the two Walsh signings from down below will be back playing at that level 'ere long – and Walsh probably there with them!

Let's face it, we all want Everton to be competing with the big boys but you can't the hope to do that with tin horns from Charlton Athletic, can you? Let's try and be realistic and not so bloody sentimental. PLEASE!

Martin Mason
72 Posted 12/04/2017 at 19:54:05
I may have a drive up from Horsham to see the game against the RS. Would anybody from the SE like to come up with me?

Would love to meet up with any TWebbers before the game.

Mick Davies
73 Posted 12/04/2017 at 20:43:38
Phil, have you tried phoning The Samaritans? 116 123
Tony Abrahams
74 Posted 12/04/2017 at 21:17:34
If you do come up, then, after all the stick I've given you Martin, "aka The Duke" then I would definitely buy you a few pints mate.
Dave Abrahams
75 Posted 12/04/2017 at 21:38:07
Tony (#74), Martin is driving up and I presume he is driving home, the last thing he. Needs is a few pints. Bring him to your house and you can torture him, just by talking to him.
Tony Abrahams
76 Posted 12/04/2017 at 21:49:17
Imagine the twins jumping all over him Dave? I can't wait to go the gym in the mornin, for a rest!
Peter Carpenter
77 Posted 12/04/2017 at 22:58:56
Poor Kieran, if only he would run around a bit more. I don't think he would get a game if he 'doesn't work hard at all,' Dave (#70).

Okay, he had a poor first half on Monday but so did everyone else and if he can score goals like that, then surely the coaches are telling him to carry on doing what he does. I can't see what problems he is creating for himself at all.

Dave Williams
78 Posted 13/04/2017 at 00:05:49
Sheedy was a late developer and I am aware that the staff at the club rate Dowell very highly and will no doubt be working hard on his weaknesses.

That said Liam Walsh is the one who really interests me because he will take a game by the scruff of the neck and dictate – not had a player do that since Reid.

Kieran Kinsella
79 Posted 13/04/2017 at 01:07:17
Curious to hear from Academy and U23 watchers. We always hear a lot about prospects on ToffeeWeb. Seems like Dowell and Walsh have been talked about for years.

But what was the deal with Davies? Never really heard of him until he made his first team debut. Did he just up his game overnight?

Steve Ferns
80 Posted 13/04/2017 at 01:40:57
http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/everton-starlet-tom-davies-trains-6589510

No Kieran. He's always been a special talent.

Martin Mason
81 Posted 13/04/2017 at 10:03:22
Do you need to buy tickets in advance for these games?

If the weather's good and nobody fancies coming from down here I may come up on bike, stay up there and do a few trips down memory lane in the city and my eventual home in Mid-Cheshire on the day after.

Dan Egerton
82 Posted 13/04/2017 at 10:24:02
Everton are trying to get Donkor back on loan after he's been recovering from his injury in Germany. Galloway was allowed to come back and is eligible to the play the remaining 2 games for the U23 team. This obviously helps West Brom out.

I argue we no longer let any player go to him. Galloway hasn't played since last September and under the rules has to stay until the end of season. He cannot play for our senior team.

Dan Egerton
83 Posted 13/04/2017 at 10:24:47
That's because we loaned him out to West Brom outside of the summer window. If we had got it sorted before the window ended, we could have brought him back in the January window.
Dave Abrahams
84 Posted 13/04/2017 at 10:37:31
Peter (77), well you've seen him and you like him, fair enough, do you think he will become a good footballer if he doesn't change his attitude and get involved a lot more?
Phil Walling
85 Posted 13/04/2017 at 13:04:05
Micky @ 73; these kids are a side show with little relevance to the first team except in a crisis.

Davies apart absolutely none of those youngsters introduced this season will ever make it to become Premier regulars so let's stop kidding ourselves they are a seam of golden talent !

James Watts
86 Posted 13/04/2017 at 13:45:06
Jeezus Phil W. Are you just talking complete shite to stir people up as per usual? The U23s are having an excellent season and there are some real gems in that team. Will any of them make it? Who knows, but why can't you just accept it and enjoy their run without all this negative crap?
Peter Carpenter
87 Posted 13/04/2017 at 19:31:05
Dave (#84), I don't think he needs to change his attitude and I can't see any problem with his involvement!

He's not the finished article by any means, which young player ever is, but he seems to me to be on the right track.

(I don't think we are going to agree on this one.)

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