Everton’s youngsters were in action yesterday in the EFL Trophy. They faced Oldham Athletic and ended up on the wrong side of a 3-2 loss. Goals from former Everton youngster Peter Clarke, Ishmael Miller and Jonathan Benteke secured the win for the League Two side, who had gone 2-0 down to Everton’s youngsters.
Despite the result, there was certainly reason for Everton to be happy with the performance. One man, in particular, who impressed was Dutch youngster Nathangelo Markelo.
He scored the opening goal of the game and went on to assist Shayne Lavery for the second.
It was an impressive display from the 19-year-old, who Everton have high hopes for.
His transfer probably passed many Everton fans by last summer. The Toffees snapped up talented Dutchman Nathangelo Markelo from FC Volendam in 2017 after being scouted during an international club tournament.
Brought in to cover for Beni Baningime’s rise to the senior squad he is seen as a potential future first-teamer at central midfield. Last season, due to lack of options, he played most of his games at right-back for the Everton under-23s.
But, given a chance in the heart of midfield, Markelo showed what he can do yesterday evening.
He turns 20 in January and a loan move might be the next step for the talented young Dutchman. Based on this display, plenty of teams will be clamouring to bring him in.