Plenty of Everton fans have been slamming some comments made by John Ebbrell on the the club’s player academy.
As per the official website of the Merseyside club, the new Head of the Toffees Academy talked about his role in coaching the youngsters and outlined the goal that Carlo Ancelotti’s team has upon training them to get into the first team:
“We want to align all age groups in what we do.
“My main task is to make sure there is consistency, certainly from Under-12 to Under-23, which feeds into what the first team needs.”
However, some EFC supporters have taken these comments with a pinch of salt as they perhaps feel as if the Academy has not been run very well over the last few years.
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Indeed, only Jonjoe Kenny, Tom Davies, Anthony Gordon and Ellis Simms have been named in the first team squad by the Toffees in the 2020/21 term having come directly from the Academy, with only 12 senior appearances so far this season between the four of them.
Everton fan reaction to Ebbrell comments
These Blues slammed the comments made by Ebbrell on Twitter, with one fan even claiming that he ‘thought Steve Walsh had snuck back in’, who is generally not liked by some of the Everton fanbase, while another called them an ‘absolute joke’:
Why is this only on the agenda now? Should of been in place years ago for the youths and reserve teams to all play in a way that comes close to the first team. And stop playing over age players with no future at the clubs aswell….
— Aide Dews (@AidyDews) November 18, 2020
Absolute joke,no one coming thru as it is ,we need foreign coaches to team these kids the basics ,Jovs for the boys gets us no kids coming thru to the 1st team,under 23s has been a disaster and there now running all levels of the academy,
— thomas griffin (@thomasgriffin2) November 17, 2020
I’m sure the majority of Matty Pennington’s career has been played in Everton’s U23s an he’s about 27, needs to change https://t.co/jk4UhH6pSd
— Ben (@Bensinclairrr) November 17, 2020
No room for a maverick then John?
— peter the great (@peter12002547) November 17, 2020
Loads of people have been asking for this but not massively convinced that trying to recreate Barcelona (thats what it reads like) is the right idea https://t.co/niR9Y0GRbq
— Neil (@NeilA1878) November 17, 2020
I thought Steve Walsh had snuck back in then for a second
— Dan Thomas (@DT1878) November 17, 2020
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