Everton under-23s came from a goal behind to earn a share of the spoils against Southampton last night.
Lucas Defise opened the scoring for the Saints but Everton struck back thanks to a goal from Morgan Feeney.
The central defender has been a consistent figure in David Unsworth’s team and is typically the captain.
At 20, Feeney is still waiting for his first call-up to the first-team and it remains to be seen whether he is close.
Given Everton’s current situation, Carlo Ancelotti might choose to take a look at him in the coming weeks.
The Toffees were embarrassed by a youthful Liverpool at the weekend and some changes could take place in future weeks.
Everton aren’t blessed with lots of central defensive options. Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate have been the first choice in recent weeks, with Michael Keane acting as competition.
Seamus Coleman has played as part of a three-man defence since Ancelotti’s arrival and him utilising three central defenders might help Feeney.
Three years ago Unsworth offered Feeney the ultimate compliment. He told the Liverpool Echo that the youngster was ‘from the Dave Watson school of defending’.
Watson is a legend around Goodison Park and it offers an indication as to what sort of player Feeney is.
The Liverpool-born player is out of contract in the summer and his future is in limbo right now.
All he can do is keep performing for the under-23s and hope to impress Ancelotti sufficiently to earn a chance.
The Italian boss could do a lot worse. Everton fans are desperately disgruntled after Sunday and are in need of a lift.
As a result, Ancelotti could lift morale by calling upon some of the club’s potential stars.
Holgate showed his worth playing as a defensive midfielder under Duncan Ferguson. If the new manager chooses to do the same, that could open a door for Feeney to stake his claim.