- Another dead rubber game with as many as EIGHT youngsters who could be making their Everton debut.
- Craig Shakespeare will take charge of this game while Sam Allardyce attends a pre-arranged medical appointment, thus becoming Everton’s third manager in three games.
- This will be the youngsters’ chance to impress and here is who they are.
- Born on 1 November 1996.
- Plays in midfield – he says his favourite position is attacking midfielder.
- Everton’s Academy Player of the Year during the 2014/15 season.
- Everton U23’s joint-top goalscorer in all competitions last season (8 with Calum Dyson) and also the club’s joint-top goalscorer in the Development League (7 with Oumar Niasse).
- Won 14 caps at U21 level for Republic of Ireland, scoring twice.
- Born on 12 April 2000.
- Plays in defensive midfield.
- He was the youngest member of Everton U18’s successful Dallas Cup campaign last year.
- His football idols are Gareth Barry and Yaya Toure.
- He was a member of the England U17 squad that reached the final of the U17 European Championships this year.
- Born on 13 September 1999.
- Everton signed him from Northampton when he was 14 for £65,500. The fee could rise to £1.3 million.
- Plays as a striker.
- Everton U18’s top goalscorer in all competitions last season with 13 goals (12 in the league) and has scored 5 this season.
- Despite being only 18, he has already featured for Everton U23.
- Capped at U19 level for Scotland, playing 5 times, scoring 3 goals.
- Born on 5 April 1998.
- Previously played for Bangor City and Wrexham.
- Scored 5 goals in 7 games for Wales U19 as well as playing three times for Wales U21.
- Scored 17 goals in the 2015/16 U18 Premier League.
- His grandfather Tony was also a footballer, playing for Bangor City in the 1960s and is regarded as a legend at the club.
- Mainly plays as a striker but can also play as a winger or a number 10.
- Born on 8 December 1998.
- Joined Everton from Glenavon in 2015 and has previously played for Portadown.
- Plays as a striker.
- Represented Northern Ireland at U17, U19 and U21 level.
- Scored 8 goals for Everton U18 last season.
- Born on 17 August 2000.
- Plays as a right-winger.
- Made 4 assists for the U18s this season.
- Eligible to represent England, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland and Guyana.
- Born on 22 September 2000.
- Plays as a centre-back.
- Became an Everton academy graduate just a few months ago.
- Eligible to represent England, Republic of Ireland and Jamaica.
- Born on 24 February 2001.
- Like Collins, became an Everton academy graduate in the summer.
- Plays as a striker. Can also play as an attacking midfielder.
- Scored 12 goals and registered 2 assists in just 10 games for Everton U18 this season, including 4 goals against West Brom U18 in a 7-1 rout.
- Represented England at U15 level.
- Everton’s youngest ever starting XI was against Leeds in April 1966 – an average age of 20 years and 327 days.
- The match included 6 teenagers (Frank D’Arcy, John Hurst, Derek Smith, Gerry Glover, Jimmy Husband and a 17-year-old Joe Royle).