Everton announce 12 new Scholars in Under-18s

06/07/2022 11comments  |  Jump to last
Everton Academy's Under-18s squad for the coming season will include 12 new scholars:

Sebastian Jensen (Goalkeeper)
Bradley Moonan (Defender)
Daniel Maher (Defender)
Jack Butler (Defender)
Ishe Samuels-Smith (Defender)
Odin Samuels-Smith (Defender)
Callum Bates (Midfielder)
Jack Patterson (Midfielder)
Matthew Apter (Midfielder)
Coby Ebere (Forward)
Jacob Beaumont-Clark (Forward)
Martin Sherif (Forward)

Some of them got to play for the Under-18s last season as Schoolboys, while Jack Patterson joins the club from Northern Ireland.  

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Phill Thompson
1 Posted 04/07/2022 at
Well, we've updated our U18s on the club site and Ishe Samuels-Smith is included, which is great news. Note, this is not an official announcement though.

The other new Scholars included are all names that appeared in our U18 squad last season, not all got playing minutes though. I've taken that from Michael's excellent record keeping from the U18s

The one missing though is Emilio Lawrence, which is a shame, but if we've managed to keep ISS it softens that blow.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 06/07/2022 at
Phill, I think Ishe Samuels-Smith is definitely back with the squad along with Jack Patterson, the young lad from Belfast who played in the Northern Ireland league at 15 years of age and agreed to join the Blues earlier this year once he had left school.
Phill Thompson
3 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Dave, my post was from Monday in another thread, hence my then comment about not an official announcement then.

I'm looking forward to seeing more of these youngsters, although Ishe Samuels-Smith is the pick of the bunch, Sherif has lots of raw potential too, along with other attackers Ebere and Beaumont-Clark.

Robert Tressell
4 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Shame about Lawrence - although in very brief cameos I couldn't really see the quality. Do we know where he's gone?

As for Samuels-Smith, that's a great outcome.

Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Phill (3), yes I know my post @(2) comes from the same thread as your post @ (1), I know you are usually well ahead of most us when it comes to what is happening at the Academy, cheers mate.

I agree with you that Ishe is an outstanding talent and I’m very glad he is continuing to stay with Everton, what is his brother like as a player, I’m assuming that Odin is his brother.

Jack Patterson must be very well thought of as he has been given a four year contract, one year as a scholarship player then three years as a professional, Jack played for Crusaders in the Northern Ireland league when was a fifteen year old boy, there were a few clubs in England after his signature.

Sam Hoare
6 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Good to see Samuels-Smith in there. And interested to see what Jack Patterson can do.

It seems we recruit youth from abroad at a much lower rate than some of the top academy teams. No doubt that has much to do with available resources though I wonder if relationships with 'feeder' or network clubs could be useful. There was talk of the Kaminski consortium making us the first of a new global team network.

Phill Thompson
7 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Dave #5, it’s intriguing about Odin Samuels-Smith, soon to be referred to as OSS I’m sure! I don’t believe they’re twins, both have been together in the Academy for a few years and I assume they’re related. They are either brothers, theoretically just possible if OSS was born September, ISS is a June birthday, twins or stepbrothers. It would be lovely to see them move up the age groups together.
Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Phill (7),

Thanks, I never knew about Odin.

Is Tim Cahill's son still with the Blues, he had a few games as sub at the end of last season?

Andrew Keatley
9 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Phill (7) - Retaining Ishe Samuels-Smith is a huge relief - and I do expect to see him being offered first team experience this season in order to encourage him to sign professional terms this time next year. I am expecting him to be on the bench for cup games, and any appearance this calendar year will (I think) see him become our youngest ever player.

I know nothing about Odin but am excited to find out more. If he shares anything more than a surname with Ishe then that could be very encouraging indeed.

Phill Thompson
10 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Dave #8,

Yeah, Shae Cahill is still in the U18s. It appears he was injured for the early season, as you say he appeared in games towards the end.


Andrew #9,

Yep my thoughts too, he's about 2 months older than Small, I haven't worked it out but an appearance off the subs bench early 2023 may do it. The record is secondary in some ways, just showing we have a development pathway that can keep and attract the best youngsters would be wonderful.

Andrew Keatley
11 Posted 07/07/2022 at
Phill (10) - The record is certainly secondary to the overall development of the player, but I would see it as recognition of his excellent record thus far – and if it also pushes Thierry Small firmly into the footnotes of this great club, then the sooner the better as far as I am concerned…

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