Everton have some of the brightest young talents in England and their manager Roberto Martinez has previously suggested that he would have no qualms selecting them for first-team duties if they were good enough.
With 2015 fast approaching, we take a look at three young Everton players who should be given a chance either in the second half of this season or at the beginning of the following campaign.
There is no doubt about it: George Green is the crown jewel in Everton’s Academy. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder arrived at Goodison Park from Bradford when he was 15 and his innate talent has drawn comparisons with Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney.
Everton are famed for giving young stars a chance in the first-team and Green could well be next.
Hallam Hope is a 20-year-old forward who is currently on loan at League Two side Bury. The England under-19 international has already scored five goals for the club in an earlier loan spell and his eye for a goal is such that he could be considered an option by Martinez next season, potentially for cup games and as an option from the bench.
Hope made waves at under-17 level, scoring 12 goals in just 18 games for his country. He also has two in two at under-18 level and two in six for the under-19s.
John Lundstram is arguably the closest to a first-team stint at Goodison having racked up over 50 appearances for a variety of clubs on loan.
The 20-year-old midfielder is currently at Championship side Blackpool and their struggles could be an ideal lesson for the player as he seeks to earn a chance at Everton.