Everton picked up young Žan-Luk Leban from Polish club FCB Escola Varsovia in 2019 and, despite suffering a
knee ligament injury sustained during pre-season training that limited his appearances for the Blues' U18s side, he was awarded his first professional contract, a
2½-year deal, that December,
when he turned 17.
Leban would establish himself as the first-choice keeper for
the U18s in the
following season, albeit with a brief venture up to the U23s bench for
their first game of the season in Premier League 2.
But suddenly in March 2021 he was elevated to the dizzy heights of
the senior subs bench for the FA Cup Quarterfinal against Manchester
City when an injury
crisis combined with Carklo Ancelotti's strange penchant to see not one
but two goalkeepers on the bench after the
number of subs allowed at senior level was increased from 7 to 9.
He was also on the bench for the Under-23s on 5 occasions, and would
start the 2021-22 campaign as the first-choice keeper for them when
Harry Tryer got injured.
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