It looks as though Everton defender Matty Foulds is in his last season at the club, at least judging by comments from David Unsworth over the weekend. The Everton under-23 boss told the Liverpool Echo that the 21-year-old should not be playing at this level beyond the end of the season and needs to ‘forge a career’ for himself at a higher standard.
“He’s a steady player but he’s a great lad first and foremost. He’s done a great job for us over the last couple of years.
“I would probably think that this is his last year at this level. He needs to forge a career for himself wherever that might be.”
So it appears that the Roberto Martinez signing is never going to become the first-team star at Goodison Park many hoped he might when he arrived in 2016.
In November 2015, Everton agreed a deal to sign the then-17-year-old defender from Bury.
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 and the Spaniard was quoted by the club’s official Twitter account as being ‘very excited’ about Foulds arrival.
“Matty Foulds has all the attributes to be a very good ball-playing centre half. We feel very excited about him joining in January.”
At the time, John Stones was becoming a force at Goodison Park after a move from the lower leagues and many felt Foulds might follow.
That has not been the case. Niggling injuries and the arrival of Lewis Gibson have held Foulds back and he has never threatened the Everton first-team.
But he is a very good defender and could easily have a successful career in the Football League. Hopefully, his time at Everton can help him develop into a top player elsewhere.