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Tom Cannon 47

Tom Cannon joined Everton aged 10 and was 18 when he signed his first professional contract in March 2021.   A Republic of Ireland youth international, he made his Everton Under-18 debut aged 16 and scored on his second appearance at that level in April 2019.  

The curtailed 2019-20 campaign yielded 16 goals in as many games – 13 starts – including four in a 10-0 demolition of Sunderland.

Cannon was formidable again the following season. He scored at a rate of a goal every other game in 20 Under-18 appearances, while steadily being introduced to Under-23 football by manager David Unsworth. There were 13 appearances from the bench and one start for the older-age team, Cannon netting twice, in addition to an ever-present role in Everton's run to the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Tom initially agreed to a 2-year deal that ran until June 2023.  At the end of the season, he was chosen by coaches and staff to receive the Tony Heslop Award, which honours a player who “represents The People’s Club with distinction and passion”, at the 2020-21 Academy Awards.

It was expected that Cannon would perhaps step up to the first team during the 2021-22 season but he played only for the U23s. Neither Rafael Benitez nor Frank Lampard felt he was ready for a senior run out and he ended the season as top scorer for the U23s with 9 goals.

His progress and the faith the club had in him to eventually make the step up to the first team were reflected in the new 3-year contract he signed in August 2022 – just 2 days after he scored both goals for the U21s in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

And as Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued to struggle for fitness and Everton failed to land any striker during the summer of 2022 other than the ultimately ill-suited Neal Maupay, Cannon contined his scoring record with the newly branded Under-21s into the 2022-23 season. His first chance to make the step up to senior level arrived under Frank Lampard, who gave him outings in the League Cup at Bournemouth and in the Premier League against the same opposition a few days later.

However, it was felt that a loan in the Championship was a better option for his development than in the struggling Everton side and he joined Preston North End during the January 2023 transfer window. He played 20 games at Deepdale, scored eight goals and broke into the Republic of Ireland Under-21s side, suggesting that he was on track to be an option for the Toffees in 2023-24.

With Lampard's replacement, Sean Dyche, seemingly unconvinced that Cannon had what it took to lead the line at Goodison, the Academy product was eventually sold to Leicester City in a deal worth up to £7.5M just before the summer transfer deadline.


Squad numbers 45, 47
Position Striker
Nationality Ireland
Born Aintree
Date of birth 28 December 2002
Height 5'-11" (1.80 m)
Graduated 1 July 2019
Signed under Carlo Ancelotti
Contract duration 2 + 2 + 3 years
Contract expires June 2023
Debut (sub) Bournemouth (A)
8 November 2022
Left Everton 1 September 2003
Destination Leicester City
Transfer Fee £6M (rising to £7.5M)
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2023-24 47 0 (1) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (1) 0
2022-23 47 0 (2) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (3) 0
2021-22 47 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2020-21 45 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (3) 0 0 (1) 0 0 (4) 0

Loan Spells

Season Team League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals
2022-23 Preston NE 19 (1) 8 1 (0) 0

U23s Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals
2022-23 Under-21s 10 (0) 6 5 (0) 5
2021-22 Under-23s 17 (6) 8 7 (0) 1
2020-21 Under-23s 1 (12) 2 0 (0) 0

U18s Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals
2020-21 Under-18s 19 (1) 10 4 (0) 2
2019-20 Under-18s 13 (2) 17 5 (1) 1
2018-19 Under-18s 2 (0) 1 0 (0) 0


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