Youth has been served at Everton.
While the Everton Academy has been renowned for years throughout the Leagues, under new Director of Football Steve Walsh the club has really kicked it up a notch or two with recruiting more and more talented youngsters to build the teams from within.
The Blues are in talks with Nottingham Forest to sign promising midfielder Brennan Johnson, for the fee of around £1m. He is the son of former Forest and Ipswich striker David Johnson, and Everton have seen multiple previous offers for the player rejected by the club. The youngster has been a regular in the Forest Under-18 squad this season, and has played for England’s Under-16s as well.
The Telegraph are reporting today that Walsh will now enter negotiations for the 16-year-old, and that the deal could come in front of a tribunal if the two clubs cannot come to an agreement over a transfer fee.
Teenager Ademola Lookman was a relatively unknown name too when the Blues signed him from Charlton Athletic in the January transfer window, but as since burst into first team reckoning. Youngsters throughout the country will not have failed to notice Ronald Koeman’s selection policies that give youth a fast track into the senior side, with Lookman’s fellow youth Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all vying from places alongside veterans.