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
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.