Everton confirmed on their official website that Matty Foulds is set to move from Bury to Goodison Park in the January transfer window, with an agreement between player and club being reached today.
A centre-back, Foulds is well regarded in English football, and is considered to be a star of the future. He is 17-years-old, and has played just two senior games for League One Bury, but the Toffees had no issues raiding the lower leagues for another potential star.
Both John Stones and Brendan Galloway were signed from the lower leagues, and are now key parts of Everton’s defence, whilst centre-back Mason Holgate made the switch to Merseyside from Barnsley in the summer transfer window, after just 22 first-team appearances.
Everton’s transfer business is clearly based around preparing the first-team for the future, with the desire to sign talented youngsters who could one day go on to play in the first-team, and many will hope Foulds can go on to emulate John Stones at Goodison Park.
Following the announcement of the deal, Everton fans took to Twitter to react to the signing, praising the club for their forward thinking approach to transfers.
Welcome to @Everton Matty foulds you will be learning with the best in John stones— Craig Bennett (@CRAIGBEFC) November 19, 2015
Matty Foulds deal finally agreed. Been linked for a few months. Good to see us bringing in another highly rated youngster.— Ghedin1878 (@Ghedin1878) November 19, 2015
Everton have signed the John Stones & have now signed the next John Stones. Fantastic signing in Matty Foulds !!!!— QPR Ash (@QPR_Ash) November 19, 2015
As far as I'm concerned that Matty Foulds lad is quality. Not got much to judge on tho— Shaun (@Shaun_F98) November 19, 2015
Matty Foulds = John stones 2.0???— Matthew McLawrence (@Matty2733) November 19, 2015
Everton have signed Bury youngster Matty Foulds. They are assembling quite a coterie of young defenders at Goodison— Football Fragmento (@footyfragmento) November 19, 2015
I don't know a thing about Matty Foulds, but I do feel like these types of deals are ones Everton should be making. https://t.co/F9KcWHr0pa— Mike L. Goodman (@TheM_L_G) November 19, 2015
Obviously years to go but Holgate, Stones, Galloway and Foulds— Neil (@spuddy1878) November 19, 2015
Matty Foulds is gonna be a baller— Danny Spence (@DannySpence7) November 19, 2015