‘Delighted’: David Unsworth raves about emerging Everton talent
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'Delighted': David Unsworth raves about emerging Everton talent

Everton under-23 boss David Unsworth has been discussing talented youngster Katia Kouyate in an interview with the Liverpool Echo.

The academy player made his full under-23 debut on Friday night, playing as part of a three-pronged attack.

He lasted just over an hour of the contest and gave a good account of himself throughout.

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Unsworth believes that next season will see him become a regular in his ranks having impressed with the under-18s during 2020/21.

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The teenager is progressing nicely and Unsworth was quick to praise the exciting starlet for his performance in Friday’s 1-1 draw.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “I was delighted with Katia. He made his debut and showed some glimpses, some real flashes of pace, directness and power.

“Once he gets up to the level of under-23 football, he’s going to be a good player.

“I was delighted. He did himself no harm and I’m very proud of him.

“He has great power, is good in the air and once he finishes the season with us and has another pre-season with us, we’re hopeful he’ll be another regular in the under-23s moving forward.”

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Unsworth is a heartbeat of the Everton academy and clearly, he works closely with Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian boss has showcased a willingness to utilise the club’s academy talents and that bodes well.

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An immediate challenge for Kouyate will be to hold down a regular place in the under-23 squad and if he does that who knows what he could achieve.

Everton have a proud history when it comes to academy talents and Kouyate will now hope to prove he can be the next player to emerge from the academy conveyor belt.

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