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Blackburn Rovers U18s 0 - 2 Everton U18s

Everton U18s defeated Blackburn Rovers U18s 2-0 at the Lancashire side's training ground in the Under-18 Premier League (North) this afternoon.

Coby Ebere completed a quickfire brace before the hour-mark to make it eight goals in seven and secure all three points.

Everton U18s: G Pickford, O Samuels-Smith (87' Finney), Van Schoor, Davis, Thomas, J Patterson (87' Gardner), Beaumont-Clark, Foster, Ebere (82' Roberts), Bates, Catesby (67' Sherif).

Subs not Used: Lukjanciks.


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Ben King
1 Posted 06/03/2024 at 22:56:44
2 good finishes. Someone on X says that he reminds them of Lukaku. What a find that would be!
Si Cooper
2 Posted 06/03/2024 at 23:34:01
“Someone on X says that he reminds them of Lukaku.”
Well errr. that’s good ??? I guess.
Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 07/03/2024 at 06:51:19
Yeah. But can he trap a bag of cement?
Geoff Lambert
4 Posted 07/03/2024 at 07:58:48
Can't run the channels or track back, next.
Colin Quinney
5 Posted 07/03/2024 at 11:12:16
If he can score 20 goals a season, he can sit on his arse for all I care.
Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 07/03/2024 at 11:51:49
I said last week he should be training with the first team, after his goalscoring with the U18s. I didn't realise how big he was and maybe still growing, decent control of the ball to go with his strength, has he signed a full professional contract?

Get him to sign one now and get him training and playing with the first team, they just might smell competition and perk up.

Paul Hewitt
7 Posted 07/03/2024 at 12:12:13
The lad has zero chance of getting in the first team with Dyche as manager. Doesn't matter how good he is.
Alan McGuffog
8 Posted 07/03/2024 at 16:06:04
I never have really understood what "running the channels" actually means.

Is it something to do with making an effort and breaking feckin sweat?

Danny O’Neill
9 Posted 07/03/2024 at 17:29:56
I'll take Dave Abraham's word for it as I don't get to watch the U18s or U21s too often.

I have said the same about Lewis Warrington in the past. Get him closer to the first team.

For me, Alan, running the channels is two-fold. Off the ball, pressing. In possession, creating space.

But, I would rather our centre-forward(s) didn't do that job. They should be in or around the box in my opinion.

Dale Self
10 Posted 07/03/2024 at 17:50:08
Alan, no and this is what tends to burn some of the decent discussions out, belittling foundation concepts because a team of lesser players can’t execute champagne football techniques. Running the channels simply means picking the right gap between defenders to either create space for a pass or drag defenders to create space elsewhere.

The run has to be well timed and intelligent or you don’t achieve anything. The defender that is not fooled can cutoff the lane of vision. If you choose the wrong lane you simply create congestion or run to defensive numbers which is a problem for low ball confidence players.

This is not meant to be condescending. I get that it is frustrating to see the club’s players unable to perform basic football feats. Unfortunately, that is down to pure physical disadvantages much more than lack of intelligence or football imagination.

The more creative you try to be, the more risk you take on. Without a squad rotation that is durable and reliable the team is limited in how long a particular setup can be effective before a defensive adjustment forces a change. The same critique of Dyche picking the same players, which is a fallacy, should be applied there but somehow gets missed.

This is likely why Dyche went straight counterattack when confidence was so low. It is the one style you can always work from to get space. Also, you can play solid defence every match even when your skills are lacking on the ball.

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 07/03/2024 at 19:47:06
Danny (9),

I just meant if he goes to train with the first team, he might embarrass them if they see him slot a few goals like he does playing for the U18s and they might up their game.

Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 07/03/2024 at 20:03:45
It wouldn't do any harm, Dave, and you could be right.

You know more than me. I'll to watch more of him and make an effort to watch the U18sand U21s.

I've ranted enough about grass roots and youth development over the years!

Andy McGuffog
13 Posted 07/03/2024 at 20:09:25
Alan (8). Well that's you told.
Alan McGuffog
14 Posted 07/03/2024 at 20:46:46
Wait whilst I ask about Diamonds and false No 10's.

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