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Everton linked with England youth international winger

Plenty of attention on pacy Boro teenager

AFC Bournemouth v Middlesbrough - Carabao Cup Fourth Round
Marcus Tavernier scores for Boro against Bournemouth
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Everton are building quite the stable of England youth internationals, so it’s no surprise that Middlesbrough’s emerging star Marcus Tavernier is being keenly watched by the Blues.

The 18-year-old picked up his first four England Under-19 international caps in the last couple of breaks, and has broken into the Boro senior side too, playing in the last four Championship games as well. He has a total of 12 appearances in all competitions with seven goals and one assist.

Tavernier is a speedy left winger and per reports, has been the subject of attention from Arsenal and Everton scouts, with AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa both interested too. The 18-year-old will see his contract expire at the end of the season, though there is a one-year extension option that the club will likely exercise.

Boro veteran Stewart Downing was full of praise of the youngster’s abilities -

“Marcus probably thinks it’s easy at the moment, doesn’t he. Two goals, four wins and he’s riding high. The [Sunderland] derby is a big game but he played with no fear and really handled it.

“The lad has been a breath of fresh air. He got his chance due to injuries and he’s really grabbed it. He’s only 18 and it won’t be plain sailing all the time but let him enjoy it for as long as he can.”