There is so much young talent at Everton, it can be hard to keep up with all of the exciting prospects that call Finch Farm home. With new players breaking through and joining the club at breakneck speed, sometimes top players can get lost in the shuffle.
There is one young talent, however, that has not been overlooked by the Toffees.
Tuesday morning the club announced that 19-year old striker Anthony Evans had penned a deal to stay with the club until 2020.
Having joined the Toffees academy at 9 years old, ‘Ant’, as he is affectionately called by teammates, has steadily climbed the ranks of the Toffees youth system.
After breaking through to the U-23’s in the 2015-2016 campaign, Evans has been a key figure in David Unsworth’s side, and also spent time on loan at League Two Morecambre, where he says he learned about himself:
“My loan spell was an eye-opener for me – League Two was different from what I am used to. I like to get the ball on the floor and play but it was not on the floor very much!
“But I think I came back a better player and kicked on from there. It was a good learning curve, playing against real men. You learn all the tricks, the ins and outs. And that experience has helped me.”
This year, the young forward has found the back of the net 5 times, including a brace in the Premier League II side’s 2-1 victory over Spurs last month.
While Everton’s senior squad seems set at the position for the rest of the year, Toffees fans will hope Evans can follow the path of young Dominic Calvert-Lewin and develop into a dependable Premier League striker.