Koeman will still give youth a chance despite big spending

davidunsworthEverton Academy coach David Unsworth says that just because the Blues are making big splashes in the transfer market, doesn’t mean youngsters won’t be given a chance too.

The likes of Mason Holgate, Matthew Pennington, Tom Davies, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin were among the Everton Under 23’s players who were given plenty of first-team minutes last season under Koeman, and Unsworth believes that will continue.

“They will get the opportunity somewhere along the line, be it in a game or training,” he said.

“Ronald (Koeman) has taken a lot of the young players on tour with him to Tanzania and then onto Holland. So that’s up to them, the bar has risen and they will have to go up a level. It’s a great challenge.

“We’ve got to treat every individual with potential as a separate case. Maybe get them out on loan, then bring them back, and tier the loans so they go to League Two, One, Championship.

“(But) Tom Davies didn’t go on loan. Matty Pennington started at Tranmere, went to League One, then the Championship. Mason (Holgate) came in from the Championship. So there are different pathways for different players. What we’ve got to do is keep them in our system for as long as we can.

“It’s a great time to be an Evertonian. We’re signing top players, we’ve got a new owner, a new board, a brilliant chairman and the promise of a new stadium. It’s fantastic.”

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