Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season following the appointment of Marco Silva as the club’s new manager earlier in the summer.
The 40-year-old takes over at Goodison Park following the departure of Sam Allardyce at the end of last season, this all despite leading the Toffees to an eighth place finish in the English top-flight. Yet he did so in a way not well received by Everton fans, several of whom are delighted to see former Hull City and Watford boss Silva lead them into the new campaign.
As such, there are many excited Evertonians up and down the country, several of whom are intrigued as to what youngster could be set to break-through under new boss Silva this season.
And based on his efforts for the club’s Under-18 side last term, 17-year-old sensation Manasse Mampala could well be the man to do just that under the Portuguese this time round.
The forward wasn’t hugely prolific in the 2016/17 campaign for the Everton Under-18s in netting just three times in 17 games, yet he certainly made the step up last time round in netting a staggering 11 goals in just 18 matches for the team.
Only five players in the North division of the Under-18 Premier League netted on more occasions that Mampala, who also showed a creative aspect to his game as well in laying on six assists over the course of the season, a tally bettered by just Manchester City’s Henri Ogunby (eight) and Liverpool’s Adam Lewis (nine).
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the 18-year-old was a key part of the Everton side that finished fifth in the North division, with it surely just a matter of time before he earns regular football for the development squad, and maybe even the first team.
Mampala penned his first professional contract with the Toffees earlier this summer to underline the faith they have in him to go on and succeed at the club, and if he starts the 2018/19 campaign as he played throughout the last one, a senior debut for the Merseysiders could well be just around the corner.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!