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Zouma red card a big opportunity for Everton youngster Feeney

Everton’s on-loan defender was sent off late against Watford

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton - Premier League 2

It doesn’t get more Everton than this, really.

Seconds after the final whistle in their defeat at Watford FC, Everton’s players apparently lost their minds, led by Kurt Zouma. The Frenchman apparently confronted referee Lee Probert, likely for taking such a lenient view of Watford captain Troy Deeney attempting to butcher him all game long.

Long story short, it appears Probert flashed the yellow card twice at Zouma and then sent him off after the game, which means the Chelsea on-loan defender will now miss the next game which is luckily in 17 days. There might be even further retribution should the referee choose to make an example of this and put in additional notes in the match report, but let’s keep our fingers crossed.

This though could be an incredible opportunity for youngster Morgan Feeney to stake his claim in the senior side. Earlier this week we’d heard the leadership at the club state they will be focusing on the youth aspect for the rest of this wasted season and then the Under-23 captain was taken off the squad list for yesterday’s Premier League 2 game and traveled to Watford with the senior squad for today’s game.

Feeney has long been tipped for promotion to the Everton side. With Yerry Mina and Phil Jagielka injured, the twenty-year-old has been training with the main team players and the Blues now face a layoff of seventeen days to get some players back to full fitness.

The youngster has played twice for Everton’s senior side, both in the Europa League campaign in 2017-18, making his debut against Atalanta and then his first full start against Apollon Limassol.

It was almost a surprise he wasn’t in the 18-player list for today’s loss, considering how thin the bench is with Leighton Baines also injured, but there might be an opportunity coming now for Feeney.