Name: Fraser Hornby
Date of Birth: 13 September 1999
Fraser Hornby – his career so far
Even though he is still among the very talented young players in Everton’s ranks, Fraser Hornby is neither currently playing for the Toffees nor has he been in the club’s academy from the very beginning of his career. Of course, neither of those things are meant to take anything away from his potential but there still seems a long way for him to go if he is to make it on the top level.
The Scottish forward was signed by Everton at U14 level from Northampton Town in September 2014 and was then assigned to one of their youth ranks in the academy. But it didn’t take long for him to establish himself as one of the top performers, managing to impress the officials in the first couple of games he’s played for the Blues.
In the season 2016/17, he was already a big part of Everton’s U18 team, scoring 13 goals in 17 appearances for the Blues that campaign alone. The following season, he would add three more appearances as well as three goals and two assists before being promoted to the U23 squad.
But his progress didn’t stop there and his ventures for David Unsworth’s team in 2017/18 were quite exceptional and the talented striker managed to score three goals and register two assists for the U23s across 13 games played in Premier League 2. He ended up tallying a total of 33 appearances with eight goals and three assists before his eventual move to Belgium.
Hornsby also got his senior team debut when Everton travelled to Apollon Limassol for their final Europa League group game in December 2017, and the youngster started the game in their incredible 3-0 triumph.
Since then, he has been sent out on loan to KV Kortrijk where he has registered 14 appearances with four goals and one assist before football was put on hold due to the recent outbreak.
The latest piece of Everton news on Hornby was the decision to send the striker out on loan to Belgium in search of more game time and development opportunities. Even though it would be strange to part with one of your biggest talents, with first-team football still being far away and him already in his 20s, the loan deal made sense.
But what is really interesting about that deal is the fact that the Belgium outfit have an option to buy the young player upon the expiry of the loan deal. This could indicate that Everton are indeed not as keen on keeping and actually developing the striker themselves and could also suggest there’s a possibility he leaves the club permanently.
As of right now, however, no transfer news or transfer rumours can neither confirm nor disprove that claim and it still remains to be seen what happens with Hornby in the near future.
But despite a bright start for his new club, the Scottish international has struggled to break into the Kortrijk team just before the league was frozen due to the recent circumstances. This could also play a part in the decision to keep him at the end of the loan spell.
With his imposing height and physical presence, Hornby is a great asset to have at set-pieces and deliveries into the area as he is the perfect target man for any team out there. But describing him purely as that would be a huge disservice to the youngster.
He is also quite capable on the ball and possesses that lethality inside the box that keeps the defenders on their toes at all times. Even though he has dipped in form as of late, the Scottish forward has all the makings of a modern striker.
With enough technical quality on the ball to assist the build-up and more than just a decent eye for goal, Hornby can be used in a plethora of different ways to progress the attack and hurt the opposition in the final third.
The skilful and powerful number nine still has a long way to go but if he can be groomed properly, the 20-year-old could still go on to do great things for Everton in the future.
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