Everton have a group of players aged 21 or younger who could make headway at Goodison Park under Frank Lampard in the new season, including Lewis Warrington and Charlie Whitaker.
Everton players aged 21 or younger set to make progress in 2022/23
Lewis Warrington tops the list of young players set to make headway at Everton under manager Frank Lampard this term. The teenager is now on the fringes of the team’s first team Goodison Park after a productive preliminary season, and he may soon get his competitive bracket.
Lampard has shown he is ready to put his faith in the rising stars as the Toffees struggled to avoid relegation from the Premier League last season. The Blues visited Burnley in May with a proud junior team with an average age of just 24.7 years, the youngest 11 players of the season.
He was also the 21st youngest player in the league, with only Arsenal naming a starting lineup with a lower average age. Everton also ranked 28th in the squad that Rafael Benitez played against Chelsea in December at the age of 25 in a 1-1 draw after a slew of injuries.
Isaac Price was the youngest player to appear for Everton during a Premier League match in the 2021/22 season. The midfielder made his first and only appearance of the season at the age of 17 against Arsenal on the final day of the season by 12 minutes.
Jared Brantwaite and Anthony Gordon scored the most Premier League minutes for players aged 21 or younger at Everton last season. The former participated for 387 minutes through six matches, playing his first in 19, while the latter played 35 matches for 2,286 minutes in 20 to 21.
Lewis Warrington makes headlines for Everton players set to make headway in 2022/23
Warrington hopes to follow in Gordon’s footsteps and break out of the academy fold to become a regular first-team player at Everton. The 19-year-old has yet to feature in a large selection of competitive matches at Goodison, but he has enjoyed a productive introductory season.
Lampard gave Warrington a spot at Toffes’ side who traveled to the US after also awarding him a new contract in May. The midfielder will use his opportunity to make good impact with minutes in friendlies against Arsenal and Blackpool, after a loan spell last season.
Everton sent the potential Birkenhead-born player to Tranmere Rovers in the second half of last season. He enjoyed 17 League Two games with Mickey Mellon’s men and also scored a goal plus two assists. Now, iNews reports that Everton will block another loan this summer.
Isaac Price builds on his start and achievement as a new Everton player
Price will now look to build on his Premier League debut during the month of May and make a breakthrough as an Everton first-team player. He had previously appeared on the bench six times before the former Northern Ireland Under-17 talent enjoyed his last 12 minutes, 12 minutes away from Arsenal.
Lampard-Price also handed his first game for Everton in March as a substitute in the 89th minute at home to Boreham Wood out of the league in the FA Cup. The stoppage time bid marks his first appearance for any club in his career, having not started on loan yet.
Everton clearly believes in the 18-year-old’s potential, having taken his Academy producer on a tour of America this summer. Price also impressed in his pre-season games for the Toffees Under-21 team, having shown strong creativity on set pieces under new coach Paul Tate.
Reese Welch makes one last breakthrough after admiring Everton for years
Reese Welch hopes the 2022/23 campaign will mark the season he finally breaks into as a first-team player at Everton. The 18-year-old has been impressing the staff at Finch Farm for years, but has so far only enjoyed one big appearance as a substitute in the 89th minute.
Center back Lampard made his debut when the Toffees hosted Boreham Wood in the FA Cup in March. The Merseyside affair was one of nine occasions Welch was on the first team side. But he has spent all eight Premier League matches on the bench.
Walsh scored five of his appearances as an unused substitute in the Premier League under Lampard during the last 10 games of last season. He also remained part of Lampard’s fold during pre-season and is hoping for a chance now to showcase his potential in competitive matches.
Charlie Whitaker is ready to give Frank Lampard food for thought
Charlie Whitaker is ready to give Lampard food for thought as the 18-year-old approaches his Everton debut. The TOVES Academy producer has only appeared on the bench in one first-team game before. He sat on the bench at Manchester United last October.
Benitez included Whitaker among his backups at Old Trafford after the versatile creator made an early sign at youth level. He had finished the 2020/21 Premier League 2 season with five goals and assisted two goals in his last four matches, and started last season with three goals in six.
Whitaker eventually finished the 2021/22 PL2 season with five goals and more than 15 assists. But his best strength came in the youngster’s versatility with matches on both wings, through the backbone of David Unsworth’s midfield and even as a striker.
Unsworth also praised Poietaker last April for being “outstanding” as a shadow striker for his junior team. The former Blues youth chief was impressed by the way the Toffees producer showed he could fall into pockets of space behind the center forward and organize matches.
Tom Cannon can make his way into the first team fold at Goodison Park
Tom Cannon could find his way into the first-team fold at Goodison Park to break through as a top Everton player this season. The 19-year-old has yet to feature in the match-day squad at first-team level yet in his nascent career. But he has proven strong pedigree so far.
The Republic of Ireland U-20 international has provided 29 goals and 9 assists in 42 games for Everton U18s. He then rose to the level of the Unsworth reserve in 2020/21, before making his mark in the last season with eight goals and making more than 25 games.
Canon Unsworth stunned his attacking potential in Premier League 2 matches last season. There was still some rough edges to polish off his game, but the potential is there.
“We all know about Tom’s goals,” Unsworth told Everton’s website in February. “He is doing the hardest thing in the match, putting the ball into the net. We just need to improve other areas of his game, and he has performed well this year.”
Cannon is now hoping his scoring feats under Everton Under-21 boss Tate will attract Lampard’s attention enough to merit his breakthrough as a senior player at Goodison Park.
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