6 wonderkids who represent the future of Everton
6. Jose Baxter: Age 18; Said to be potentially better than Wayne Rooney, Baxter made a 77th-minute substitute appearance against Blackburn Rovers in 2008 to ensure that the Academy graduate broke James Vaughan’s record as the club’s youngest first-team player at just 16 years and 191 days old.
He has sinced continued to be recognised by England, captaining the U-17s during the European Championship in Germany. Big things are expected of the striker.
5. Jake Bidwell: Age 17; Jake was handed a first-team debut in the Europa League against BATE Borisov in December 2009 and aged just 16 years and 271 days, he became the Blues’ youngest ever player in Europe. The young defender is a left-back by trade but also has a knack for scoring goals.
4. Seamus Coleman: Age 22; Coleman was signed for just £60,000 back in January 2009 and has since established himself as a versatile first-team player. The Irish starlet went out on loan to Blackpool last season and helped Ian Holoway’s side gain promotion to the Premier League. Rather ironically, Coleman’s first Premier League goal for Everton came against Blackpool in November 2010.
3. Magaye Gueye: Age 20; French U-21 star, Gueye, netted 11 goals in 30 games for Strasbourg before making the move to Merseyside for £1m this summer. The attacking-midfielder made his competitive debut during Everton’s 5-1 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Carling Cup.
2. Shkodran Mustafi: Age 18; A product of the Hamburg Youth Academy, Mustafi made the switch from Germany to England at the age of just 17. The defender helped the German U-17s win the European Championships in 2009, keeping clean sheets against England, Holland and Italy in the process.
1. Jack Rodwell: Age 19; In and around the fringes of the first team since 2007, this midfield powerhouse has caught the eye of a host of Europe’s top clubs.
Rodwell has been heavily praised by David Moyes for his all-round play, causing the Blues boss to deploy the England U-21 inetrnational in a variety of positions, from attacking-midfield to centre-back.
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