Everton U21s beat West Ham in Romford today

27/08/2022 6comments  |  Jump to last
West Ham United U21s 1 - 2 Everton U21s

Everton U21s were victorious at the Rush Green Stadium in  Romford in the fourth game of their PL2 season beating West Ham United with goals from Price and Djankpata

With Billy Crellin, Tom Cannon, Lewis Warrington and Stanley Mills not in the squad, they may be involved elsewhere in the London region later this afternoon...

And the young Blues lead a half-time thanks to a goal from Isaac Price. The Hammers lost possession on their defensive left flank and Okoronkwo stole the ball, squaring it for Price to finish from close range.

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Whitaker had a header hit the woodwork just before the break, and just after, Wess Ham had a player ejected, centre-forward Divin Mubama...

The 10 min of equalized on 76 minutes, but the Blues came roaring back to reestablish their lead 2 minutes later through sub Halid Djankpata in his first outing at his level. 

Everton: Leban, John, Hunt, Welch, Anderson, McAllister, Quirk, Price [Y:85'], Okoronkwo, Whitaker, Kouyate (72' Djankpata). 

Subs: Barrett, Campbell, Mallon, Ebere.


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Rob Dolby
1 Posted 27/08/2022 at 14:16:29
I have only seen bits and pieces of Okoronkwo for the u23s he looks like he could step up a level.

Any regular academy viewers able to give me a more informed opinion on the lad?

Robert Tressell
2 Posted 27/08/2022 at 17:10:48
I have seen him a few times, Rob. I really like him. Often plays wide right in a front 3 but built like a tank. He is decent on the ball, has plenty of skill, personality, size, speed and strength. I could definitely see him in the first team set up in about 18 months ish.
David Bromwell
3 Posted 28/08/2022 at 07:57:35
U21s looking good this season. That's a very good result given they had a number of their regular squad missing.

Well done to the lads and the new management set-up.

Sam Hoare
4 Posted 28/08/2022 at 08:59:51
Good start from a young Premier League 2 team.

Okoronkwo looks a handful as Robert describes. At U18 level, he looked superior but possibly because he had matured physically faster than others and was stronger and faster. Will be interesting to see if he has the tactical and technical skills to dominate at this level too.

If he does, then, with hard work, he may become something like the next Calvert-Lewin, with a bit more flair.

Djankpata is an interesting one, only 16/17 and recovering from a bad injury last season but comes on to score a very decent winner.

Peter Carpenter
5 Posted 28/08/2022 at 21:07:48
It's always nice to win in Essex. Actually, it reminds me of a time when I was working as a paramedic down there. I went to the aid of a young woman.

'Where are you bleeding from?' I asked.

'Romford,' she replied.

Brent Stephens
6 Posted 28/08/2022 at 21:16:04
That is a young side. Okoronkwo and Kouyate have only been coming on as subs. I actually think Koyate has shown up better than Okoronkwo this season - but that's a small sample of playing time.

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