Everton’s under-23s have been crowned the Premier League 2 Cup winners. They defeated Newcastle United 1-0 last night to secure the victory. Following their league win, it means the youngsters have secured a double-winning campaign.
The winning goal came from their inspiring captain Morgan Feeney. Speaking about his captain after the game, under-23s boss Unsworth highlighted how fitting it was he should score the winning goal.
“It was quite fitting that Morgan got the winning goal. It was our skipper scoring at the Gwladys Street End, close to wear he sits!
“He has had horrendous knee injuries – injuries that could have finished a lesser player.
“The work he’s done with the physios, the sports science department… He’s shown a grit and determination to fight through the pain barrier – I’ve never known anything like it for a young player.
“He leads by example and he’s a terrific captain.”
Indeed, Feeney’s career looked at threat briefly last year. He had to undergo double knee surgery to cure patella tendonitis and he missed a considerable chunk of football.
The way in which he has come back and guided his team to success is highly commendable.
So is it time for him to be used in the first-team with more regularity?
Everton have had trouble at the back this season. New signing Yerry Mina has struggled for fitness and form whilst Michael Keane has been inconsistent until recently. Kurt Zouma has been a revelation, but remains a loanee from Chelsea.
The Sun recently reported that Everton could pay £30 million for the player this summer. But with Chelsea under a transfer embargo, that could be a challenging transfer to make happen.
Feeney could, therefore, be the perfect option for Everton to back-up both Keane and Mina next term – especially with Phil Jagielka set to depart. He would save them millions and whilst many would say it is not likely, Feeney is getting used to proving doubters wrong.