Last Sunday is a day that will be remembered fondly by many of the royal blue contingent on Merseyside for many years to come, perhaps remembered most fondly by that of Everton youngsters Tom Davies, Ademola Lookman and Mason Holgate whose thrilling performances made a world class Manchester City side look uninspired and flat.
Davies (18) and Holgate (20) both started for Everton and early on it was quick to see their dynamism and energetic style of play take effect on an experienced Manchester City, both showing a great work rate and real composure on the ball. With Everton 2-0 up heading into the final ten minutes of the game it already had the making of a perfect Sunday afternoon at your nan’s house, roast beef on it’s way with all the trimmings… That was until Tom Davies decided to take Kevin De Bruyne for a spin, make his way goalwards before casually chipping Claudio Bravo for his first ever goal for the club and wheeling away to the iconic Gwladys Street end. Dinner is served.
It really couldn’t have got any better, and yet it did – Everton new signing from League One side Charlton Athletic, Ademola Lookman (19), comes on to make his debut, netting a goal not much longer than 30 seconds after he sets foot on the hallowed Goodison turf, and there you have it. The perfect Sunday.
This performance should not just be delighting the Everton faithful however, but rather the nation as a whole, not only have, ‘plucky old Everton,’ reminded the widely revered Pep Guardiola exactly why this is the most competitive league in the world, but also for the fact that Holgate, Lookman, and Davies are all working their way up the England national side ladder. Their hunger and determination should be a welcome refreshment for all followers of the English game, too long have we missed the can do attitude and fearlessness of genuine young talent, made yet more exciting by the fact they have the team cohesion of playing for the same club. Everton have always had a strong youth setup with the club managing more teenage goal scorers in the Premier League than any other, and from what we’ve seen so far, this season’s pupils are particularly pleasing.