Everton U21s defeat Wolves at Finch Farm

31/03/2023 6comments  |  Jump to last
Everton U21s 3 - 0 Wolves U21s

Everton U21s defeated Wolves at Finch Farm in Friday night's Premier League 2 game, streamed live on YouTube.

Everton surged into an impressive 3-0 lead in the first half, with goals from Elijah Campbell, Francis Okoronkwo and Stanley Mills. 

And Everton kept the visitors at bay without changing the scoreline in the second half. 

Everton U21s: Leban, John, Hunt, Welch, Campbell, Butterfield (79' I Samuels-Smith), Mills (58' Metcalfe), Price (46' Iversen), Okoronkwo (79' Ebere), McAllister, Kouyate.

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Andrew Keatley
1 Posted 31/03/2023 at 20:57:03
Lots of very impressive, joined-up football against a pretty tame Wolves outfit. The quality of the passing out from the back was a joy to watch at times, and was generally very assured.
Phill Thompson
2 Posted 01/04/2023 at 09:58:27
The first 35 minutes was some of the best football the u21s have played for a long time, total dominance. Changing out Price at half time and then later Mills led to a more subdued second half performance but nether the less a sound performance from the team.

Price is now too good for u21s in the development sense, but coming up fast behind is Jenson Metcalfe returning from a long injury lay off. It was great to see Metcalfe settle in so quickly and show the promise we know he’s got, making tackles, crisp passing, a couple of surging runs into the box. If he makes regular starts he’ll likely be the high spot at the end of the u21’s season.

Paul Birmingham
3 Posted 01/04/2023 at 10:07:39
Thanks for the feedback on the game, Andrew and April, as I didn’t see it.

I really hope Price and Mills can get into the first team squad, but I’m not sure if they will and I know Prices contract is up this season.

I’m not convinced that these lads will stick it out, with Everton, and I wouldn’t blame them if they move on this summer, to progress their careers.

Andrew Keatley
4 Posted 01/04/2023 at 16:25:15
Paul (3) - Phill is right to point out that Price was very dominant and prominent yesterday, but it's not something I've seen in him as much as others seem to have. He's a very relaxed and natural footballer with a great engine and work ethic but I'd like to see him take the game by the scruff of the neck more - like he did in his excellent 45 minutes last night.

As Phill suggests there is going to be a lot of excitement around Jenson Metcalfe if he can stay fit and continue his development. He is brave in the tackle and in the pass, has good vision, carries the ball effortlessly, and he runs at defenders with real intent. He seems to possess that sort of natural confidence with the ball at his feet that means that he's always prepared to try and influence the game. I really like him.

Sam Hoare
5 Posted 02/04/2023 at 17:15:39
I saw the first half and it was a comfortable and confident display. Price was probably the standout though I still think Okoronkwo is the one with real potential to step up. He seems to be athletic and strong with decent technical quality, though he drifts out of games too easily at times.

Can’t say there is a Wayne Rooney or even Ross Barkley coming through but this new Dyche era may focus more on hard working team players than star individuals so who knows who might get chances.

If the worst happens and we get relegated I imagine finances will demand that we dip more into the academy.

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 02/04/2023 at 17:37:52
I think Isaac Price plays the game very simply, Andrew, and might actually be better playing at a higher level. He moves the ball on very quickly, which is something you have got to be able to do at the highest level.

I agree that sometimes you want him to keep the ball, hold the ball a little bit longer, try to get a hold of the game, and look to create that little bit more by being a bit more adventurous.

Metcalfe looked like he had a little bit more of this type of individual play in his game before he got injured. Mills is like Price and needs to go and play proper competitive men's football now, imo.

I haven't seen much of Okoronkwo, but if he's fast, strong and has decent technical ability, then playing senior football, might just help his focus, and this might then help to sort out his concentration levels.

I said it the other week, but there's a 6ft-5in, 19-year-old centre-forward playing for Charlton in League One called Miles Leaburn and he scored another two yesterday to take his goals tally to around 12 for the season whilst playing in a mid-table team.

I'd be looking at players like this if I was Everton. I can remember Kevin Campbell scoring quite a few goals for Leyton Orient when he was around a similar age.

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