The current Everton first-team squad boasts a high number of quality young players, with a number of top performers significantly bringing down the average age of the starting XI.
The club have four England under-21 stars in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny all making regular starts, while a number of others are currently coming through the ranks either on loan or turning out for the club’s development side in the Premier League 2.
Either way, we are taking the chance to have a look at three of the club’s rising stars, who have not yet properly impacted the first-team and will be looking to make their stamp during the season ahead.
England under-21 attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell has been plying his trade under Aitor Karanka on loan at Nottingham Forest this season. The 20-year-old has enjoyed a terrific campaign with the Reds, making over 30 appearances so far and reaching double figures in terms of goals scored.
The FIFA under-20 World Cup winner has a genuine chance of impacting the first team in 2018/2019, having caught the attention of the Everton coaching staff through his consistency and goal-scoring ability. However, with a number of players already in his position in the first-team squad, regular game time may be hard to come by at Goodison Park.
That being said, the likes of Davies should be enough evidence that age does not matter at Everton, and you still have every chance of establishing yourself as a first-team regular irrespective of age and inexperience. At 19, Davies plays regularly ahead of more experienced senior players such as Morgan Schneiderlin and Davy Klaassen, and Dowell should be holding out for much of the same.
Charlton Athletic academy graduate Ademola Lookman played a number of times for Everton’s senior team in the first half of this campaign, before being sent on loan to RB Leipzig from January.
The young forward has played around 10 games in the Bundesliga for the German giants, scoring a couple of goals, and has undoubtedly picked up some valuable experience playing for a top European club. Lookman announced himself to the Leipzig fans in emphatic fashion, when he bagged a late winner on his debut against Borussia Monchengladbach.
With their forward options currently quite thin, Everton could definitely make better use of Lookman next season, as a backup to the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Theo Walcott. Aged just 20, the England under-21 international looks a serious talent, and will be aiming to impact the side sooner rather than later.
English-American full-back Antonee Robinson has enjoyed a full season of first-team football with Championship side Bolton Wanderers this season, making nearly 30 appearances for his loan club.
The 20-year-old is yet to make his Everton first-team debut, having picked up a few appearances for the development side in the past but, with Leighton Baines set to turn 34 next season, the youngster could well be brought in to deputise for the long-standing veteran.
Robinson spent his entire youth career at Everton and is highly rated by the club’s coaching staff and, at 6ft, he is a commanding presence down the left-flank. He has even been deployed at centre-back due to his large frame in the past.
With his versatility as an added quality, it would not be surprising to see Robinson win his debut and enjoy some first-team exposure back at his parent club during the 2018/2019 season.