In November 2015, Everton agreed a deal to sign teenage defender Matty Foulds from Bury.
The then-17-year-old joined up with Everton the following January and was immediately hotly tipped for big things at Finch Farm. 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.
That has not been the case and Foulds has struggled to maintain his fitness and keep the hierarchy alert of his talent.
However, it was looking increasingly likely that his time at Everton was going to fizzle out. Then, out of nowhere, Everton hand him a new contract.
The 20-year-old is now contracted to remain at Everton until 2020. It was excellent form upon his return from injury at the end of the 2017-18 campaign that earned him that deal. After getting back into action in April he performed much better and even scored against Manchester United’s under-23s at Old Trafford.
Signed as a central defender but versatile enough to play at left-back it is in the heart of the back-line where Everton see his future.
He will have to work hard next season to continue his mini-revival. He will also have to stay fit. But if Foulds can manage that, then Everton have a very talented young defender on their hands.