Everton U23s continued their Premier League 2 campaign with a fine 4-1 win against Spurs on Sunday.
The young Blues were ahead after just six minutes. Jonjoe Kenny played a neat one-two with Gethin Jones down the right and whipped over a cross that Niasse powerfully headed home to open the scoring.
A half of few chances saw neither goalkeeper seriously tested as the Toffees were resolute in their bid to hold off a Tottenham side looking for a way back into the game.
The visitors did, however, manage to level just minutes into the second half, as skipper Joe Pritchard saw a deflected strike beat Joel Robles and make it 1-1.
But Everton produced a dazzling six-minute spell that swept aside Spurs and confirmed all three points.
First Ademola Lookman took aim from 25 yards and arrowed a powerful effort into the top corner, before substitute David Henen teed up Niasse for his second.
The Senegalese striker then returned the favour as he slid a pass in for the young Belgian to pick his spot and beat Whiteman to make it four.
The Toffees were then happy to see the game out- although Niasse was denied a hat-trick late on — with the impressive Morgan Feeney marshalling a back four determined not to allow Spurs a glimmer of hope at a comeback.Everton U23s: Robles, Kenny, Foulds (46' Henen), Baningime, Feeney, Gibson, Jones, Charsley (85' Bowler), Niasse, Adenrian (45' Evans), Lookman.
Subs not Used: Hilton, Sambou.
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1 Posted 10/09/2017 at 13:02:21
2 Posted 10/09/2017 at 13:07:18
3 Posted 10/09/2017 at 13:11:06
4 Posted 10/09/2017 at 13:14:59
5 Posted 10/09/2017 at 13:23:39
Hmmmmm.... [strokes beard]
6 Posted 10/09/2017 at 13:34:16
And Adedoyin not Onyekuru.
7 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:03:30
8 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:10:57
9 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:17:03
10 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:19:13
11 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:22:01
12 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:25:15
13 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:25:57
14 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:26:24
15 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:28:10
16 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:28:41
17 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:29:11
18 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:29:32
19 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:32:21
Lookman scored a cracker. These are doing themselves no harm at all given the performance of the first team.
20 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:48:13
21 Posted 10/09/2017 at 14:59:34
Lookman I suspect was guesting, which is no problem as I really liked the look of Josh Bowler in his 10-minute cameo. Defence also looks solid and well organised. Niasse and Kenny have earned a promotion.
22 Posted 10/09/2017 at 15:02:49
Jonjoe having a good game along with Lookman, the last two should have been on the bench at least yesterday.
23 Posted 10/09/2017 at 15:04:23
24 Posted 10/09/2017 at 15:06:03
25 Posted 10/09/2017 at 15:59:52
All this, against a handy looking Tottenham side.
I genuinely feel less gloomy, as I sort out my on-line check in for Milan. (I got carried away after the draw and booked 2 nights in Bergamo, presuming that a team called Atalanta Bergamo might play in Bergamo.)
But back to the U23s. I hope Koeman watches these games. They might genuinely give him food for thought.
26 Posted 10/09/2017 at 16:06:28
27 Posted 10/09/2017 at 16:14:47
28 Posted 10/09/2017 at 16:29:36
29 Posted 10/09/2017 at 16:29:59
30 Posted 10/09/2017 at 16:34:40
31 Posted 10/09/2017 at 16:38:29
32 Posted 10/09/2017 at 17:07:21
33 Posted 10/09/2017 at 17:18:09
And the goals from Koeman's team:
34 Posted 10/09/2017 at 17:32:02
35 Posted 10/09/2017 at 17:35:26
Lookman I assumed was injured as he wasn't on the bench yesterday. Another bizarre decision.
The sad thing is Koeman won't be watching these games so they could be world beaters for all he knows he won't pick them.
36 Posted 10/09/2017 at 17:38:53
37 Posted 10/09/2017 at 18:57:56
38 Posted 10/09/2017 at 19:15:01
The likes of Lookman and Kenny must surely feature sooner rather than later. Though, having said this, our team looks so bereft at the moment, maybe throwing youngsters into the fray will only damage them.
39 Posted 10/09/2017 at 19:21:50
Good job that Koeman doesn't coach the Under-23s they'd be shite.
40 Posted 10/09/2017 at 20:15:50
That said, I believe Kenny is a much better player and defender than Martina who doesn't know where he is half of the time.
41 Posted 10/09/2017 at 20:18:14
He is well respected by the fans and it would also appear by the people and players at the club; he knows how to set up a team; he plays players in the correct position and generally seems like a nice guy. He also seems to manage with respect instead of fear.
Has to be him.
42 Posted 10/09/2017 at 21:15:10
44 Posted 10/09/2017 at 22:33:16
What's going on here???
45 Posted 10/09/2017 at 22:50:06
46 Posted 10/09/2017 at 23:26:57
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49 Posted 10/09/2017 at 23:41:43
50 Posted 11/09/2017 at 06:43:41
51 Posted 11/09/2017 at 08:42:04
He made a total of 16 appearances for Hull, not all starts, so that seems a pretty good return to me. In fact he scored the same amount of league goals as Ross Barkley did in over twice as many appearances.
How many of our current squad have goals against Liverpool and Man Utd to add to their CVs? Answers on a postage stamp please.
He might be clumsy and unorthodox but he appears to be a far better player now than the one who arrived during Martinez's tenure, as exhibited by the skill and composure he displayed in setting up our fourth goal yesterday, and the skill he showed in controlling and finishing for his second goal.
With no other recognised front man in the squad, surely it's time Koeman came down from his high horse, put Everton before his own prejudices against the lad, and gave him a chance to show him and us, just how much he has improved and matured in the last 12 months.
If he tries him and he succeeds, he will be seen to have been fair and given the lad the chance he's earned, but if he fails to give him an opportunity, Koeman is simply giving us another stick to beat him with.
Most Premier League teams who find a fairly prolific goalscorer in the reserves will, at some time, give them a chance to shine on the big stage. I would suggest, bearing in mind our current dearth of striking options, that the time has come for Koeman to do just that, or forever be damned by our failure to score goals or even register a shot or two in every game.
52 Posted 11/09/2017 at 12:07:31
I didn't get to see this game but know that with the U23s you generally get attractive, hi-energy, positive footie. It doesn't surprise me that Niasse scored; if nothing else, he's a willing runner, reasonably quick and powerful too. He'll run the channels,
Kenny, Beni, Gethi, Harry etc know that, move the ball quickly into the channels... et voila (as Terry Henry would say). It's not 'kin rocket science.
One thing you are assured of from the U23s – pride in the shirt they wear and the club they play for.
I've long been a poster who's called for Koeman (& Martinez) to utilise the talent in the U23s and often been called on it: "We need experience"; "We don't know how they'll shape up" etc etc.
Right now, I'd take Feeney over Williams and Jagielka at centre-back, Niasse up front, Lookman and Henen over Mirallas, Baningime over Schneiderlin and Kenny at RB and play Jones with him at least they will give it their all, they know how to win, how to play good footie etc. The correct blend of U23s and 1st team and we're sorted.
53 Posted 11/09/2017 at 12:09:04
54 Posted 11/09/2017 at 15:21:16
55 Posted 11/09/2017 at 16:26:14
56 Posted 11/09/2017 at 17:03:39
57 Posted 11/09/2017 at 17:51:08
Why some of these guys aren't in the 1st team is beyond me.
59 Posted 12/09/2017 at 06:00:01
61 Posted 14/09/2017 at 04:49:04
How do you translate that to Dutch?
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