Lewis Gibson and Morgan Feeney are among the Everton U23s players who could become free agents this summer, as reported by The Liverpool Echo.
The pair will also be free to talk to European clubs in January about the prospect of signing a deal unless their contracts are renewed.
While Everton are said to be planning to have made their decision regarding the futures of the players by January, the youngsters could choose to turn down a move even if it is offered and move on to pastures new.
These are two particular players Everton will likely want to keep, due to the investments they have made into their development.
Gibson has never made an appearance for Everton’s first-team, but has played 29 times for the U23s having signed for the Toffees in 2017, as per Transfermarkt.
The 19-year-old impressed Marco Silva in pre-season, being given game time in various matches and scoring during the defeat to Mainz. During his career so far, he has won the U17 World Cup and Premier League 2 title.
Feeney has made two appearances for Everton’s first-team, both of which came during the club’s 2017/18 Europa League campaign: he came on for the final 21 minutes in a 5-1 loss to Atalanta and played the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win against Apollon Limassol.
The 20-year-old has represented the U23s 56 times, winning the Premier League 2 title twice.
Considering the only centre-backs Everton currently have above the pair are Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate, it would be silly to allow the two players’ contracts to run down.
Everton should be looking to make sure this is sorted way before January, as letting it run close would be an unnecessary risk if they want to keep them.
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