David Unsworth's Under-23 side started off their 2018-19 campaign in Premier Leagute 2 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon with a 1-1 draw.
Harry Charsley's 20-yard drive put Everton in front with half-an-hour remaining. But the hosts hit back 10 minutes later when they scored from the spot after Brendan Galloway had brought down a Chelsea player.
Everton finished the game in the ascendancy, with a Pennington header hitting the bar, but couldn't land a decisive blow and ultimately settled for a very good point in West London.
Everton U23s: Hilton; Markelo, Galloway, Williams, Browning; Pennington, Evans (72' Sambou), Charsley (86' Bowler); Hornby, Broadhead, Gordon (46' Adeniran).
Subs not Used: Hewelt, Foulds.
Unsworth has seen a number of players develop and move on over the past two seasons, and is working hard to develop more talent in the current crop, with players like Alex Denny, Matty Foulds, Anthony Evans, Anthony Gordon, Joe Williams and Bassala Sambou looking to impress.
But one has to wonder for their futures as Marcel Brands and Marco Silva have brought in a slew of new foreigners to the senior side, with the likes of Kenny, Davies, Dowell, Baningime and Pennington now unlikely to get many first-team opportunities.
Connolly and Robinson have already gone out on loan to Championship sides and that seems the less glamorous destiny for any good English player in the wings at Everton whose progress is seemingly blocked by the conventional policy of buying in expensive but ready-made talent from the Continent to produce the required results for the senior team.
- Everton give Galloway and Browning game time in under-23s opener v Chelsea as chairman Bill Kenwright watches on
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1 Posted 12/08/2018 at 09:47:55
Kenny is second to Coleman so he will have opportunities. Dowell has been name checked a few times by Silva, hes in his thoughts. Davies will benefit from training with these guys and the competition to get back into the side. I think hes up to the challenge and will prove himself a better player than Gueye. Baningime is injured but hes still young enough to drop down for one more season and get himself fully fit and ready. Pennington had a good run out with the first team in pre-season. Hes clearly not good enough. I wonder why he didnt rejoin Leeds on loan.
If Silva really didnt want these guys, he could cull his inflated squad by 5 and knock them all down to the u23s. He hasnt. So hes interested. There will be opportunities and the league cup is soon enough.
2 Posted 12/08/2018 at 09:56:40
3 Posted 12/08/2018 at 22:48:57
4 Posted 13/08/2018 at 04:31:26
5 Posted 13/08/2018 at 04:48:53
Again, this "people's club" mentality has to go away if we are serious about building a winner. This is not charity this is business.
Keeping Browning fit and finding a club for him has no benefit to Everton at all.
6 Posted 13/08/2018 at 04:55:47
7 Posted 13/08/2018 at 04:58:57
8 Posted 13/08/2018 at 05:09:49
9 Posted 13/08/2018 at 07:42:35
Benny we know,, Sambou, Williams and Broadhead, seem to have the bite. Lets see what happens this season. Nb I recall Mathias got a bad injury last season, hence he may not be fit is out of the frame, as there were a few soft goals leaking last season, which were collective mistakes but the Gk, at any level is always the fall guy.
Good luck to EFC this season.
10 Posted 13/08/2018 at 08:47:50
11 Posted 13/08/2018 at 13:37:20
Davies will be needed in midfield as well; hopefully he will up his game this season. There are other young players who haven't had a game for the first team waiting in the background for their chance; if they are good enough. they will get a chance to prove it under Bland and Silva.
12 Posted 13/08/2018 at 13:50:02
13 Posted 13/08/2018 at 13:53:58
Niasse, Tosun and Walcott are far too patchy with their form to be relied upon and a lad like Calvert-Lewin could be a real asset.
Everton have some real competition for places now and one hopes it will mean greater performances from each member of the squad when called upon.
14 Posted 13/08/2018 at 16:12:20
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