In November 2015, Everton agreed a deal to sign 17-year-old defender Matty Foulds from Bury. The youngster agreed to join Everton in January 2016 and was tipped for a bright future at Goodison Park.
As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the deal cost Everton £225,000 and the club expected him to be playing first-team football within the next two years.
It was a move that had then manager Roberto Martinez excited, with some dubbing Foulds the club’s next John Stones.
“Matty Foulds has all the attributes to be a very good ball-playing centre-half. We feel very excited about him joining in January.”
That clearly did not turn out to be the case. Foulds has not yet threatened the Everton first-team and for a while last season it seemed his time was up at Finch Farm.
Foulds was struggling to stay fit and he had fallen down the pecking order behind Lewis Gibson. Capable at both left-back and centre-back, he swiftly found his way back into action and form toward the end of last season. It saw Everton extend his contract until 2020.
The hope then, was that Foulds was on his way back.
This season he soon became a regular again for Everton’s under-23s, playing at his favoured central-defensive role.
However, he missed the last three PL2 matches and was also nowhere to be seen in the EFL Trophy game against Barnsley.
It is now clear why. Foulds has suffered another injury, confirming on Twitter he required surgery on the mystery problem.
Operation went well, now to kick on with the recovery can’t wait to be back playing again⚽️💙
— matty foulds (@MatthewFoulds98) November 7, 2018
Everton fans will be gutted to hear this news as Foulds is a player that the club has high hopes for. However, another injury setback could be a huge blow for the player. With the first-team enjoying a wealth of options at the back and the likes of Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson perhaps considered better prospects, this injury is a big blow for the player. Considering his previous injury trouble, Everton will no doubt struggle to see him as a future first-teamer.
Hopefully, he can make a swift recovery, and still prove himself on Merseyside.