Leicester City U23s 2 - 1 Everton U23s
Everton Under-23s fell to a 2-1 defeat against Leicester City at Holmes Park on Monday night.
In the first half, Hansen dived to his left to stop a penalty from after the Leicester striker had been fouled by Con Ouzounidis.
On 55 minutes, Everton failed to deal with a Leicester corner and Hansen found himself stranded when the ball prodded into the net. 3minutes later, the home advantage was doubled when a fine Foxes move ended with a shot sailing in past Hansen.
Anthony Gordon slotted home an 86th-minute penalty but by then it was too late for the visitors to mount a comeback against a talented Foxes side.
Everton U23s: Hansen, John, Foulds, Astley, Ouzounidis, Anderson, Evans (c), Iversen, Simms (59' Onyango), Adeniran, Gordon.
Subs: Mampala, Tyrer, Hughes, Quirk.
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1 Posted 10/12/2019 at 17:14:56
His two centre halves, Feeney and Gibson, not so long ago being touted as potential 1st teamers have had a tough season with injuries, and form, and the likes of youngsters, John, Kyle, Markelo, Simms and Adeniran just haven't kicked on to the next level.
Anthony Gordon continues to star at times but then goes missing for large periods of matches. He's training with the 1st team but hasn't done enough to be given a try. That's not been helped with the form, league position of the 1st team being conducive to give youngsters a go. The signs are worrying that our academy, U21'S and those we have on loan aren't being seen as potential first team players at all. Where's it going wrong ?
On top of all this Unsy must now be considering what his own future is, after missing out on the caretaker manager role, which he's done twice before, and coupled with the failure of not producing first team youngsters.
2 Posted 10/12/2019 at 17:28:02
Gordon disappointed again last night. Not the finished product, by a long way. As you say, the others you list haven't kicked on fully (though Simms has only really stepped up to the U23s this season).
Interesting shift from 4-4-2 to a back 3 the last few games - and for most of those games ending up as 5-4-1.
3 Posted 10/12/2019 at 17:53:10
Hmm... I wonder why that would be??
4 Posted 11/12/2019 at 06:23:24
Transition seasons for some teams but this parallels with the inconsistency of the whole club.
5 Posted 12/12/2019 at 00:14:28
6 Posted 12/12/2019 at 11:58:30
Any others training with the first team?
But the club is needing a complete revamp, youth teams to first team and boardroom.
7 Posted 12/12/2019 at 12:18:36
Fran, nothing wrong with Gordon playing for the u23s. Virginia did it successfully last season. Gordon needs games, but would benefit from training with the first team and not the u23s. If his performances for the u23s suffer, so beit, as long as he keeps developing in training with the first team.
Sooner or later we just have to take the plunge and give him a game.
Sorry, others? yes. Denis Adeniran, Beni Baningime, Lewis Gibson and on occasion Morgan Feeney. There was shots on Sky Sports News of Ellis Simms with the first team yesterday. The defenders and midfielders are clearly there to make up the numbers, but it gives them a chance to impress and to learn.
8 Posted 14/12/2019 at 12:52:13
9 Posted 14/12/2019 at 13:22:55
11 Posted 14/12/2019 at 15:03:37
12 Posted 14/12/2019 at 15:07:08
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