Video: Hotly-tipped Everton youngster scores superb free kick in U21 match

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The Toffees' 18-year-old forward Kieran Dowell curled a superb effort into the top corner.

It looks as though Everton may well have another prodigious young talent on their hands, if this goal from Under-21s striker Kieran Dowell is any indication.

The 18-year-old Toffees striker scored a fine free kick with four minutes remaining as the Merseyside club's development squad went down 3-2 to a Sunderland side including first-team players Seb Larsson and Ola Toivonen.

Senior manager Roberto Martinez hinted last month that Dowell could make the step up to the club's first-team squad sooner rather than later after the youngster scored an audacious 40-yard effort in front of the Spaniard.

Now, Dowell has further enhanced his claim to a senior role with another fine effort, sadly a mere consolation in the Under-21s side's defeat on Monday night.

Toffees academy manager David Unsworth hailed the quality of the strike from Dowell after the match, telling the club's official website: "It was a terrific free kick from Kieran and we know he has got that quality."

Dowell is hoping to become the latest youth prospect at the Merseyside club to make it in the senior team after a host of fellow alumni managed to make the step up in recent years.

Current Premier League stars such as Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell, and Victor Anichebe have all come through the Toffees academy in recent times.

Meanwhile, the current Everton senior squad contains no fewer than five academy graduates within its ranks, with Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, and Ross Barkley all former youth stars at the club.

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