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Where are they now: Everton’s last five young players of the year

We look at the club’s last five Young Player of the Year award winners.

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As the season draws to a close, all clubs are set to enjoy their end of season award ceremonies which see a whole host of different payers pick up accolades including the often highly anticipated Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year categories.

With this in mind, we are going to take a look at Everton‘s past five Young Player of the Year award winners, and see what they have achieved since their proud day.

2016/2017 – Tom Davies

Last season’s Young Player of the Year winner at Everton was none other than Tom Davies.

Davies became a first team regular during the 16/17 campaign at the age of only 18, making 24 Premier League appearances for the club and as a result, it seemed like an obvious choice.

Since making his mark on the first team, Davies has enjoyed a slightly deeper role in the side, having come through the Toffees academy mainly playing as an attacking midfielder.

This season, the starlet has done well to kick on and remains a Goodison Park player, having made over 10 appearances more than the previous season.

Aged only 19, Davies is a huge player for Everton and the club will no doubt be hoping they can hold on to his services for the foreseeable future.

2015/2016 – Romelu Lukaku

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The year that Leicester City won the Premier League… Romelu Lukaku was named Everton’s young player of the year, aged 22.

Even at this point, despite still being in his early 20s, Lukaku felt like a highly established premier footballer, having played so much in his career already. During 15/16, Lukaku broke past the 20 goal barrier for the first time, achieving a season tally of 25.

As it stands, having left Everton after the following season for a whopping £75 million, he is now Jose Mourinho’s first choice striker at Manchester United and has averaged a better strike rate than a goal every other game in his first season as an Old Trafford star.

The Belgian has also since reached the milestone of 100 Premier League goals, remarkable for a man yet to reach 25.

2014/2015 – John Stones

Since winning Everton’s young player of the year award, similarly to Lukaku, John Stones moved on to bigger and better things the season after.

Stones made 95 appearances for the Toffees before joining Manchester City to play under Pep Guardiola, where he had become a first-team regular.

Still only 23, Stones has a quarter century of caps for England and has a real chance of starting in the heart of defence for his country this summer at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Stones is by no means the complete package yet, but having kicked on from winning this award, he is now a certified Premier League champion, having helped City to the title in emphatic fashion this term.

2012/2013, 2013/2014 – Ross Barkley

Ex-Everton star Ross Barkley’s Toffee career did not end how fans would have hoped with the youngster moving on to Chelsea in January, having not kicked a ball for the club this season.

Since his move to London, Barkley has also barely featured and will be hoping to reignite his career next year with a full pre-season training under his belt.

Once regarded as one of England’s brightest young prospects, Barkley enjoyed a terrific few years as a starting Everton star, picking up the young player of the year two seasons on the bounce.

Having started his career at the club as a local lad, Barkley made 179 appearances for Everton scoring 27 goals, before moving on to Chelsea.

After falling out of favour with Ronald Koeman, it is a shame how his Toffees career came to an end. However, there is no doubt that in the years to come he will be held in high regard around the club.

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Yves Bissouma would be the ideal first summer signing for Everton

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According to Sky Sports, Everton could rival Tottenham for Lille midfielder Yves Bissouma as the two Premier League giants go head-to-head for the talented youngster.

After the sacking of Sam Allardyce from Goodison Park, Everton will know a huge summer window awaits. The Toffees need to recruit smartly if they are to improve on their 8th place finish of last season.

The midfield area needs serious reinforcements, with the likes of Davy Klaassen and Morgan Schneiderlin both enduring terrible campaigns. Bissouma, currently plying his trade in Ligue 1, could be vital in improving the club in the centre of the park.

Reports suggest Tottenham have been scouting the 21-year-old for the majority of the season so Everton should swoop soon if they are to get their summer plan in motion.

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The Ivory Coast-born midfielder already has 15 caps for Mali, and has hit three goals and one assist this season, impressing with his ability to play centrally or out wide.

Bissouma’s technical ability on the ball has impressed across the French league and he could be the addition that encourages Everton to play the free-flowing football that fans have been craving all season.

The report from Sky Sports also claims that former director of football Steve Walsh – who was sacked last week alongside Allardyce – was the one launching the interest in Bissouma, which means his exit could impact Everton’s pursuit.

However, the club should still monitor Bissouma’s availability as options in midfield are becoming increasingly thin, with several players becoming complacent and failing to impress on Merseyside.

The Toffees should undoubtedly follow up Walsh’s initial interest in the youngster and prepare to swoop.

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Marcel Brand’s stance on Ademola Lookman should reassure Everton fans

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On Wednesday, Everton’s new director of football laid out his plans for the Merseyside club, emphasising the importance of working with young players.

According to the Telegraph, Brands is set to meet with Ademola Lookman in a bid to convince the promising youngster to stay at Goodison Park; a move that will reassure Everton supporters.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan at Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, enjoying a successful spell that was punctuated by three goals and two assists in his final two matches.

Yet, the Englishman’s fine end to his stay in Germany sparked reports in ESPN that the Bundesliga club were interested in purchasing Lookman on a permanent basis, a transfer that would come as a massive blow for Everton.

The talented attacker only signed from Charlton in the summer of 2017, and was tipped to be one for the future at Goodison Park. To lose Lookman after just seven league appearances for Everton would be a tragic misstep.

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Luckily, Brands is well known for his development of young players and said he is seeking a forward-thinking coach who shares these beliefs.

As quoted in the Telegraph, Brand is looking for a “modern coach,” preferably someone “who wants to work with young players.”

These comments will surely come as a relief to Toffees supporters who suffered through Sam Allardyce’s reign, a manager who is possibly the polar opposite of a “modern coach.”

Maintaining the services of one of England’s brightest young attacking talents, one who was even tipped for a World Cup call-up, is undoubtedly among Everton’s top priorities this summer.

It is refreshing to see the club’s new director of football shares this view and Marcel Brands will do his best to convince Ademola Lookman to remain at Goodison Park.

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Everton news round-up: Baines remains, eight released and dressing room unrest

A round-up of the biggest news at Everton today.

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Baines Remains

First of all, there is good news for Everton fans. Reports this week that club legend Leighton Baines is considering his future at Goodison Park now seem wide of the mark.

It had been suggested that the England international was tempted by a move to Los Angeles to play in MLS. However, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the defender has no intention of leaving the club he has been with for 11 years.

He is said to be excited about working with a new manager.

For Everton, it is great news. Not only is Baines a legend, but he is also the best left-back at the club and a danger from set-pieces who is reliable from the spot.

This news should certainly be welcomed among the Everton faithful.

The Not-so Magnificent Eight

Unfortunately for other Everton players, their future is out of their hands. Everton have released a handful of their under-18 staff today. Captain Tom Scully is leaving, with the expectation he will join Norwich City – according to the Liverpool Echo.

Others who have been told they can depart are Stephen Duke-McKennna, Tom Murphy, Sid Kerr, Charlie Ball, Nathan Moore and Jordan Corke. Nathan Baxter has also been released. He was signed under Roberto Martinez’s reign from Vitesse Arnhem but has failed to develop at Finch Farm and will now need to find his way elsewhere.

The release of Scully and Duke-McKenna may come as something of a surprise, but it appears that Everton are ready to freshen up their youth-team.

Whack-a-Mole

Now some troubling news reported by The Sun today. They claim there are huge divisions in the camp at Everton, namely between the whole dressing room and, seemingly, Oumar Niasse.

The report suggests the ill-feeling in the camp got so bad that youngster Tom Davies has even contemplated quitting the club.

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But the most alarming factor about this story is the supposed ‘dressing room insider’ feeding this sort of ‘story’ to the press.

Everton fans will not enjoy seeing the dirty laundry of the dressing room being aired out in the open.

These matters should be kept in-house and Everton must search out and give the mole the boot before anything else.

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