Everton have two teenage starlets on their hands in the shape of Katia Kouyate and Isaac Price, The Toffees’ former Head of Academy Recruitment Martin Waldron has told the Liverpool Echo.
As you might have imagined considering that Everton have won the Premier League 2 title in two of the last three seasons, Finch Farm is home to one of the most impressive academy systems in English football right now.
Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate have become first-team regulars since proving themselves at U23 level while Jonjoe Kenny, despite Schalke’s recent collapse, has shone since moving on loan to the Bundesliga giants last summer.
The likes of Ellis Simms, Lewis Gibson and Anthony Gordon (who made his Premier League debut in March) could be the next in line for a first-team berth under Carlo Ancelotti.
But Waldron is keen to point out that there is talent in the ranks even below U23 level. Kouyate (below, far left) and 16-year-old Price, he says, are just two names to keep an eye on.
“The club understands the importance of the Academy,” adds Waldron, who spent 24 years at Everton before departing in 2018.
“It is the life and blood of your club and I’ve always had a great relationship with the managers at the club from Walter Smith and David Moyes.”
Waldron adds that the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard spent time at Everton as fresh-faced youngsters before making the short trip to a rival north west giant.
Toffees fans will be hoping that history does not repeat itself with Kouyate or Price.