Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell, two players who might have featured for the first team against Yeovil tomorrow, both played the full 90 minutes and Dowell was the provider for both goals before he saw a shot cleared off the line late on.
The Blues' second string got off to a great start at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, with Dowell laying on an assist to Harry Charsley to fire home in only the second minute.
And Charsley doubled the lead after half an hour, finishing off another nice Blues move that ended with Dowell setting his team-mate up to score.
Everton: Hewelt, Robinson, Connolly, Kenny, Jones, Walsh (Baningime 71'), Davies, Dowell, Charsley, Henen (Evans 58'), C. Duffus (Dyson 58').
Subs not used: Gray, Foulds
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1 Posted 22/08/2016 at 18:52:00
2 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:05:09
3 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:06:15
4 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:08:13
5 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:15:16
My brother and nephew were at the Spurs U23 game and said that Davies was a disgrace with his attitude and application, so possibly he's being taught a lesson.
6 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:16:10
7 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:26:08
8 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:41:31
The kids played really well in the last game of last season against Norwich, certainly Dave Unsworth seems to think they are good enough!
Our academy is the envy of other clubs and it would be a shame that Koeman opts to ignore the talent coming through!
9 Posted 22/08/2016 at 19:52:31
10 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:17:39
11 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:23:17
Lukaku, Williams and Bolasie could all do with a run out plus Gibson (if he's not injured!!), Kone and Oviedo so maybe RK is still working on his core group atm, rather than overly worrying about watching the kids v Yeovil.
12 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:33:49
I just feel that Davies could be a very good one for us eventually, but he'll die off without watering at the roots every now and then! So play him, loan him or sell him (no, not my choice!)! I wouldn't kill his potential by him being glued to us by default...
13 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:34:23
Holgate, Williams, Funes Mori, Oviedo;
Deulofeu, Tarashaj, Bolasie;
I think its time for Robles to move on... Not good enough.
Deulofeu still needs some match fitness, so I'd like to see him have 60 mins! I don't know what's happened to Tarashaj... If he's injured or not in the plans? But I'd like to see him in a CF role, just behind Lukaku.
Lennon, Davies and Dowell off the bench with either Stekelenburg, Williams or Cleverley with the captains arm band.
14 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:34:24
15 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:54:42
I'm sure Koeman has a long term plan, but right now needs to focus on getting us near the higher end of the league. He needs to use these games to get some of the players fitter.
Koeman sees these youngsters day in and day out. He's in a better position to judge whether they're good enough than any of us are. Playing against a team like Yeovil is not always the best time to play the kids as they're likely to get kicked about. They may not have the temperament for it yet.
16 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:55:33
17 Posted 22/08/2016 at 20:58:03
It's so easy to see exactly what RK is doing as he's now managed 2 games. ðŸ™ˆ
18 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:03:29
19 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:06:57
21 Posted 22/08/2016 at 21:38:13
23 Posted 22/08/2016 at 22:10:01
Also, the League Cup isn't the best place to develop young players. How many cup games did Rashford play? None. Premier League minutes are what they need.
24 Posted 23/08/2016 at 00:03:44
Exactly, and it's a long season and plenty of time.
25 Posted 23/08/2016 at 05:01:55
If the young lads playing in Unsworth's U23 side are good enough, they will see first team football; as already mentioned, Holgate has forced his way in.
26 Posted 23/08/2016 at 05:57:04
Why not scrap all except the Premier League and replace the other divisions with U23s, U21s, U18s and this problem and fixture congestion with Cup competitions will go away? Or is that just a European Super League idea, he said sardonically.
If players like Galloway, Davies, Holgate, Dowell and others get their opportunity and get good reviews, is it any wonder their attitude changes when they are then almost entirely overlooked for further opportunity?
Would the likes of Barry, Jagielka and Gueye (Gana) not be stood in better stead from the rest even at the start of a season.
27 Posted 23/08/2016 at 06:58:44
28 Posted 23/08/2016 at 11:40:52
29 Posted 23/08/2016 at 12:06:48
Also, on the official site, there is no squad number 24...
30 Posted 23/08/2016 at 12:50:07
31 Posted 23/08/2016 at 15:32:15
32 Posted 23/08/2016 at 15:35:59
33 Posted 23/08/2016 at 15:43:15
The likes of the Leeds fiasco a few years back, and the dead rubber Europa tie also. How did such games actually benefit the young lads?
What boosts a young lad's confidence is when he is given a chance, not when the thinking is "Well, it's only the League Cup. If you bugger up no problem". Experience comes with a long period of time in the first team, not some one-off game in the middle of August.
And with first team players still unfit and adapting to a new system, the extra game should be used towards this.
34 Posted 24/08/2016 at 04:10:12
And how does that apply to Davies, Dowell, Galloway and Holgate. I'm not saying they all should have played last night but there seems to be differing opinions among the backroom staff but adding those injured youngsters that makes about 8 who have been given some sort of a run but only 2 for more than 1 or 2 games (Browning & Galloway).
We probably must agree to disagree but I doubt that either of us will be getting a call from Mr Koeman any time soon.
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