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Everton Under-21s have signed goalkeeper Fraser Barnsley from Oxford United, the 18-year-old agreeing a 2-year contract until the end of June 2025. 

fter sealing his move to Merseyside, Barnsley told evertontv: “It’s an amazing feeling and a very proud moment for me and my family. 

“I’ll make sure I’m improving every day I’m in the building at Everton and I’ll try to enjoy it because opportunities to play for a football club like this don’t come along often.  

“It’s a great club with a great foundation and history and I’m just buzzing to get started."  

Describing his best attributes, the teenager said: “I’d probably say my shot-stopping and my communication. I’m very big on trying to make sure we work as a team to stop a goal, rather than it being just me.  

“If we can work as a team and keep clean sheets then I see that as a job well done by everyone, not just myself.” 


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Michael Kenrick
1 Posted 05/09/2023 at 15:21:25
I suppose this makes sense as we may be short in this area – we already have two out on loan: Harry Tyrer and Zan-Luk Leban.

That only leaves: Jack Barrett and Dylan Graham in the U21s, with George Pickford and Sebastian Jensen in the U18s.

Alan J Thompson
2 Posted 05/09/2023 at 16:23:07
I have no problem with signing promising young players or any player who is an improvement on those we have but I find it difficult to understand it when we send them out on loan and what happens when they return presumably a little older and supposedly a lot improved and particularly goalkeepers.
Ben King
3 Posted 05/09/2023 at 16:43:41
Alan #2

It’s your presumption that they’ll be ‘a lot improved’

Obviously it isn’t the case

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 05/09/2023 at 17:06:15
Ben(#3); Based on the reviews Tyrer got last season, yes, but isn't that supposed to be the purpose of sending them out on loan? And you might like to reinsert the word "supposedly" and decide if it is the case when they return after their loan periods end.
Phill Thompson
5 Posted 05/09/2023 at 21:08:17
The goalkeeper loans are proving their worth with the experience Tyrer is getting and have proved in the case of Virginia how necessary they are to bring a young goalkeeper through if they’re ever going to make it to our first team squad.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
6 Posted 05/09/2023 at 21:43:31
So Tyrer comes back a better player - maybe we get rid of one of Lonegran or Virginia or maybe we send Barnsley out on loan or maybe we get rid of Tyrer or Leban.

Maybe we even have paid a pittance for Barnsley and sell one of the other 4 for a figure in excess of "£1m", in which case isn't this what we are asking the club to do?

Dan Nulty
7 Posted 06/09/2023 at 09:32:12
Presumably Oxford needed a pickled onion monster munch multipack and a caramac as payment.
Andy Finigan
8 Posted 06/09/2023 at 10:03:07
Being a small goalkeeper myself, they were very much my traits, Fraser, so good luck and here's hoping for a successful Everton career.
Denver Daniels
9 Posted 06/09/2023 at 21:44:07
What's better than having 2 keepers on the bench every week?

3 of course!

Justin Doone
10 Posted 06/09/2023 at 21:56:46
Welcome and good luck to the lad.

I find it incredibly difficult to judge keepers, especially young and inexperienced keepers because they all make mistakes.

It's only after a few seasons and many mistakes they become mentally resilient and improve... or do not.

With his surname, I imagine he's somewhat used to getting ripped.

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