Everton U23s 8 - 2 Southampton U23sEverton Under-23s produced a devastating exhibition of attacking football to beat Southampton 8-2 in a remarkable Premier League 2 clash on Friday night.
The Toffees fell two goals behind in Southport but went on to overwhelm the Saints with a performance rich in verve, invention and ruthlessness. Southampton had taken the lead midway through the first half, from a corner. The away side doubled their advantage after Harry Tyrer had made a fine stop.
With the Premier League 2 Champions in a spot of bother after Saints established a two-goal lead on 33 minutes, in-form forward Gordon stepped up to the mantle.
His first goal — which came almost instantaneously after Southampton's second - was a peach. The England Under-18 international showcased his quick feet to work some space 20 yards out, before expertly curling a precision finish into the bottom corner.
With his already sky-high confidence given another boost, Gordon set off on an explosive dart at the Saints backline just three minutes later. The Southampton defenders had no answer, and he was bundled over in the box for a clear penalty. Gordon took the kick himself, sending the keeper the wrong way to level the scores.
Gordon's brace was followed by a sustained spell of pressure. The young forward had the chance to complete his hat-trick early in the second half but saw a penalty cannon off the post. Gordon had won the spot-kick himself after being scythed down.
Everton did not have to wait long to hit the front, Foulds heading in from Evans' devilish corner delivery.
And Charsley made it 4-2 after capitalising on some hesitation in the Southampton defence to steal possession and slot home.
Evans's corners were causing havoc and Denny bundled home from another inviting centre to make it 5-2.
Everton were relentless at this point and Evans got on the scoresheet himself when he raced clear before lashing inside the post, and Morgan Feeney's first-time finish made it 7-2.
Substitute Mampala rounded off the scoring, guiding the ball home after another splendid crossfield pass from Evans.
Everton U23s: Tyrer, Charsley (76' Mampala), Baningime, Feeney (c), Foulds, Evans, Gordon, Denny, Markelo, John, Adeniran (80' Iversen).
Subs not Used: Barrett, Astley, Simms.
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1 Posted 31/08/2019 at 04:26:39
Brings back memories of when the first team used to stuff Southampton and Sunderland.
2 Posted 31/08/2019 at 09:19:55
3 Posted 31/08/2019 at 09:38:56
Feeney possibly â€“ a strong centre-back (forget his boob last night).
Disappointed not to see Simms last night, even as a sub. Another one to watch.
Baningime looking better every match after his injury last season.
4 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:06:01
Evans was well thought of a while ago but seems to have dropped down a bit?
5 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:11:12
6 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:23:16
I didn't understand when Silva was looking for a new assistant manager why Unsworth wasn't first choice. I think he loves Everton, but surely if Gerrard and Lampard with no managerial experience get good jobs, then you wonder why a Championship club hasn't come in for Unsworth.
7 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:39:50
8 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:41:32
9 Posted 31/08/2019 at 12:46:03
Harry Charsley is 22 and is very unlikely to have a future at Everton. Foulds is 21 and similarly does not look up to the top level.
The likes of Evans, Feeney, Banigime and Markelo are all 20 or older and have played a lot of U23 football. They are unlikely to progress hugely doing more of the same.
Surely those players should be tested out on loan or let go if not up to it. Promising younger players like Simms, Astley, Iversen etc should be getting starts to improve them and see if they're good enough.
Winning the PL2 is all very good but the job of the academy is to produce players for the first team.
10 Posted 31/08/2019 at 13:35:26
For example, I have no bones that 'as a favour' Harry Charsley - a player the club released in JUNE - is still training at the club. What IS strange is that he is still being selected for the U-23s rather than give one of our retained and contracted players a game.
That just doesn't make sense to me.
Maybe Brands will eventually ensure our academy model at all age groups follows more closely what you propose. I note, for example, that City are no great shakes at U-23 level. I've no idea if that is a reflection of them sending out their most promising young players out on loan to get proper game experience, or a compliment to our own academy and the quality we produce.
But there is definitely some slippage in step up from junior football to the big boys' league at Everton that needs improving.
11 Posted 31/08/2019 at 14:10:54
The likes of Hornby and Connolly are now on loan, hopefully Martina won't be back. Charsley is a nice gesture which has run its course and is now unfairly keeping the likes of Iversen, Phillips and Simms out of the side.
I am hoping that Unsworth is transitioning to a more vibrant attacking side this season, making regular use of our younger players.
12 Posted 31/08/2019 at 14:37:43
13 Posted 01/09/2019 at 16:42:02
However it's about the individual player development. Chelsea and Man City would maybe dominate if they didn't have 20 plus players out on loan each season.
They think loans are more valuable which is evidently true and something we have targeted more over the last 3 seasons for our own youngsters.
But developing a winning mentality with a 'lesser' squad is still a great achievement. So well done.
Silva is simply buying talent rather than training and improving players. But, at first-team level, I don't think anyone cares as long as you win.
In general: City = Money. Liverpool = Mix. Spurs = Develop. Arsenal have switched from Develop to Money. Man Utd switched from Money to Develop. We have turned from Mix into a Money club without success; hopefully that's just around the corner.
I'm simply getting at: How good is the first-team coach vs what the owner (Money) wants at any club?
14 Posted 02/09/2019 at 10:20:05
Everton have a great line of youth players who come through the ranks and become youth internationals but, once they get to the U/23 their development goes backwards and end up being young players with great potential that just couldn't make the grade.
I find that strange and makes sense when you think not one Everton manager has wanted him as our assistant manager and no other club has come in for him either. This is where Everton have to become ruthless like the big clubs and pick staff who are going to improve the players development but also they are the best that can be got, and not pick staff on sentimental history which is nice if you want to be a nice club but not if you want to be a top 4 club.
15 Posted 03/09/2019 at 09:54:11
David Unsworth's success is built on a team coaching effort. Himself, Frannie Jeffers, John Ebbrell & Alan Kelly. That is a defender, midfielder, striker & goalie coaching for different areas. They jointly use Marco Silva's tactical system so the players are aware of how to play if necessary for the first team.
Anthony Evans was expected to go out on loan but obviously no decent offers came in. Probably will go out in January. Matty Foulds played pre-season for the first's & did well at left-back, he is also a left-sided centre-back.
The attitude of Harry Charsley is perfect & why not give him a short term deal, for probably little money, if you are short on numbers. Remember Kieran Phillips has been out for a year with long term injury problems & Einar Iversen has also had a few months out injured. Maybe Ryan Astley is carrying a small knock... who knows?
16 Posted 06/09/2019 at 15:58:33
I have no problem in helping a decent kid regain his match fitness, but there it ends for me. If, as you say, we have given him a short term contract because we are short of numbers, it is, for me, wrong.
Yes, an experienced player like Charsley can help our U23s, but we've already made the decision to let him go as he's not good enough for our first team. We don't have a shortage of young players, we may have a shortage of EXPERIENCED U23s but that's different.
We should be giving these less experienced players a chance to see what they can do. Both Phillips and Iversen are back from injury, neither Simms nor Mampala have started a PL2 game this season, Bobby Carroll is coming back from injury, Kyle John can play further forward if necessary.
All are different players from Charsley; all are younger, we need to know if they can progress and playing Charsley blocks at least one of them every match.
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