New deal for U21s striker Cannon

21/08/2022 29comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have announced that emerging Academy prospect Tom Cannon has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The 19-year-old, who has been part of the youth setup at Finch Farm since he was 10 years old, committed his future to the Toffees until 2025.

Cannon, who netted nine times in 24 starts for Everton's development side last season, scored a brace as recently as Friday evening in the Under-21s' 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

“It means a lot to sign this new deal,” Cannon told evertontv. “I want to really kick on now and I’m excited about what the future holds.

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“Everton is a very good place to develop. I’ve got the right people around me and they help me every day. The coaching has been great here and I’m very grateful for all the time they’ve given me.

“I feel, over the past year, I feel I’ve developed more physically and I’m looking forward to progressing even more. Hopefully I can keep scoring and playing well and get more involved with the First Team. There’s nothing more I want to do than to play for Everton.”


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Bobby Mallon
1 Posted 21/08/2022 at 16:01:18
So, is he good enough to displace Rondon?

Because, at 56 I could displace him.

Mark Ryan
2 Posted 21/08/2022 at 16:48:05
Sell him now for fuck all and cut out years of hope and despair, simples!
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 21/08/2022 at 16:52:28
Mark: "Sell him now for fuck all and cut out years of hope and despair, simples".

Yes, forget any chance at all of younger lads coming through. Logical conclusion is close down all the squads below first team. Simples.

Michael Williams
4 Posted 21/08/2022 at 17:04:00
I guess none of the other clubs wanted him.
Mark Ryan
5 Posted 21/08/2022 at 17:07:04
What are the chance of us keeping him happy, injury free and not offloading him to Blackpool, Swindon and Stoke until he's 34?

It's the hope that kills you...

Brent Stephens
6 Posted 21/08/2022 at 17:07:29
Worth a guess, Michael!
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 21/08/2022 at 17:07:33
I’ve never seen him play but his name seems to pop up an awful lot on the u23 score sheet so hopefully he’s one who could make the breakthrough.
Si Cooper
8 Posted 21/08/2022 at 18:09:36
Anyone got any details on the lad?

Target man? Fox in the box? Speed merchant? Skilful? Tricky? Natural finisher?

Is he a better prospect than the ones we’ve allowed to go out on loan? Any good on the (Bobby) Ball?

Sam Hoare
9 Posted 21/08/2022 at 19:53:10
Si, I would say he is pretty rounded which may be a blessing or a curse. He's quick but not rapid. Decent in the air but not a target man. Doesn't have a great deal of flair but enough pace to beat a man. He works hard and his best asset seems to be that he gets into the right spots and is a pretty decent finisher off both feet. Maybe a Nick Barmby/Franny Jeffers mix?

A year ago i'd have said I don't think he is cut out for the PL but I think he has improved a fair bit and seems a bit better now at linking play and holding it up which was a bit of a weakness. Not sure i'd expect to see him in the first time anytime soon but you never know if he keeps scoring.

I imagine like the others that he'll get a loan either now or in January and if he can score some goals in the championship of league 1 then maybe he'll get a shot next year if he keeps progressing.

Justin Doone
10 Posted 21/08/2022 at 20:42:21
Good luck and he's certainty got a great surname to add some fire power to our front line.
Tony Everan
11 Posted 21/08/2022 at 21:38:53
Rumoured last week talks about going on loan to Derby. He's at an age now where he needs to get out into the real world and make a name for himself. If he can get a loan like that and bang in 15 plus goals he can stake a claim with us.

I'm quite sceptical and have had reservations about Cannon, but he is a dogged and durable performer who is improving. How far can he go is the next question.

Always seems available and always seems to win a selection. So he must show up well in training. It's obvious that he is single-minded and determined to be a success. What I like about him is what Sam says, he seems to find good positions and is not afraid to finish like some forwards.

If he gets his chance he will connect with the ball and ram it home. I don't watch as much as Brent, Dave, Phill, Michael, Robert and others so their take will be interesting. Especially on whether a loan would be beneficial.

Kieran Kinsella
12 Posted 21/08/2022 at 21:49:49
If we pair him up with Bobby Ball they should make an entertaining duo
Will Mabon
13 Posted 21/08/2022 at 22:04:12
It's often noted, the coveted life and riches of a Premier League footballer. Most of them sure do earn it though.
Dale Rose
14 Posted 22/08/2022 at 08:25:09
Is there not any of these young players who could make the transition into the first team...?.
These are desperate times for the club.
John Chambers
15 Posted 22/08/2022 at 10:05:15
If he's good enough for a 3-year contract, he should be good enough to at least get on the bench while we haven't got Calvert-Lewin.
Brian Murray
16 Posted 22/08/2022 at 10:12:53
John, stop talking sense. The chairman has already taken a season ticket off one of the protesters in the past.
John Kavanagh
17 Posted 22/08/2022 at 10:50:58
John and Brian @15 & 16.

Scoring goals will get Cannon banished to the Championship or League One under our new pragmatic health care policy where it's deemed that such undue excitement can be the cause of heart attacks and strokes among supporters and should, therefore, be avoided. We bought Rondon to avoid putting any strain on healthcare services.

John Pickles
18 Posted 22/08/2022 at 11:39:33
Thank God for that, I thought we'd never sign a striker!
Nick White
19 Posted 22/08/2022 at 18:13:44
I’ve only seen him play once, at Haig Avenue Vs RS last season. Thought he looked good that day.
Mike Gwyer
20 Posted 22/08/2022 at 19:14:56
John #16.

Exactly, get him on the bench. I would love to ask Frank just one question: What the fuck has Rondon got that neither Simms, Dobbin or Broadhead do not? Because it ain't pace.

Andrew Keatley
21 Posted 22/08/2022 at 20:10:03
Sam (9) - "Maybe a Nick Barmby / Franny Jeffers mix."

Bold shout but not sure I see very much of Nick Barmby in Tom Cannon.

I think of Cannon as quite an old-fashioned type of player, who runs the channels pretty well and looks to play on the shoulder of the last defender. He also seems to have something of a shoot-on-sight policy which is working for him at the minute.

If I was going to compare him to current players, I'd probably say he's more of an Ollie Watkins or Callum Wilson type, but without their extra yard of pace.

Tommy Carter
22 Posted 22/08/2022 at 22:26:57
Give him a go versus Fleetwood. Only one way to find out if he will make it - give him an opportunity.

Giving a young player a chance doesn’t mean that you can then never put them back into development squads.

Give him a few sub appearances and see how he gets on. He cannot be any less effective than Rondon or McNeil

Bill Watson
23 Posted 23/08/2022 at 00:48:24
If Joe Royle and Jimmy Husband were around today they'd be getting loaned out instead of being thrown into the first team as teenagers.

Fleetwood is an ideal opportunity to give him some minutes to see what he can do.

Mick Roberts
24 Posted 23/08/2022 at 09:08:22
Great scores goals so one thing is for sure, he will go out on loan as we already have the goal machine, Rondon.
Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 23/08/2022 at 17:35:38
Tom’s age really surprised me, don’t know why I thought he was around 22 or 23, with that in mind and his improvement since last season he could be described as a late bloomer and I’ll watch his progress from now on with interest.

When I have watched him in the past he was a hard worker with decent control and scored a few goals, some of them outstanding but he didn’t seem, to me, to be a player who have a good career in football, but he looks like he has improved, even though I have only seen the highlights of his games this season.

I’d put him on the bench tonight not necessarily to play but to boost his confidence for the future or if we are three goals up put him on for the last twenty minutes.

Tony Burke
26 Posted 23/08/2022 at 18:01:35
If he makes to the starting 11,
I'll be a be son of a a gun
Dupont Koo
27 Posted 24/08/2022 at 02:19:14
So glad to see another young asset is secured under Thelwell's infrastructure!

The Road Map is here for Tom: 1) Try to dominate the U21s this season; 2) Get a full season loan of 1st team football (ideally 3000+ minutes) with a Football League Club, like Simms, Broadhead, Onyango, Tyrer & Dobbin this season; 3) Fight to get into First Team.

(Quick tangent: Simms and Dobbin are already having a blast at Sunderland and Derby respectively so far this season. These are the low-profile dividends that can lead to exponential growth.)

Fingers crossed that all things go as planned and we should have an in-house First Team member who will be at a position to get a contract extension towards the end of this deal!

David Currie
28 Posted 24/08/2022 at 22:06:35
Barmby was a Horrible Rat!
Brian Wilkinson
29 Posted 25/08/2022 at 23:56:17
Mike @20,

A couple of dodgy photos of Frank my guess.

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