Kevin Thelwell and Frank Lampard are focused on laying a foundation that helps achieve the long term dreams of the club. In order to achieve these goals, not only the first team squad had to be reinforced but changes had to be made on an organizational level in the academy too. Everton made significant changes to the youth team setups and the academy in the last few months.
In terms of recruitment, the Toffees are trying to bring younger players who have a chance to develop and grow and have a future resale value. A number of youth prospects have been tied down to new deals this summer with Luke Butterfield and Callum Bates being the latest to join the list.
At the U-23 level, the names of Isaac Price, Stanley Mills, Reece Welch, and a few others have been in the eye of the public because of their involvement with the first team during pre-season. In fact, Welch made a first team appearance against Fleetwood Town in the EFL Cup. The grind to improve the academy continues as some promising players have been sent out on loans for better playing opportunities.
Everton continues to strive to improve its academy and its home grown talent. The major restructuring at the management level has already happened and now steps are being taken to improve the quality of the squad. The Toffees want a strong academy that can supply players to first team in the future.
Everton send scouts to watch Crystal Palace’s Junior Dixon
According to The Telegraph, Everton are interested in Crystal Palace U-18 striker Junior Dixon. The 17 year old has been setting fire on the field through his eye catching performances, leading the top scorer charts with seven goals in five games.
Dixon has already been scouted by Borussia Dortmund who are aiming to bring Dixon to Germany from England, like they did with Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham. KRC Genk are also keeping an eye on the teenager. Dixon could leave the Crystal Palace set up next summer and the Eagles will be receiving compensation.
Everton sent scouts to look at Dixon and given his flying start to the season, the assessment will be largely positive. Now, Dixon is largely untested on a senior level which raises the question what are Everton looking at and what do they expect from the youngster should he sign for the Toffees?
He wouldn’t be rushed into the first team circles, it would likely be a slow and steady upward trajectory, from U-18s to the U-23s to the first team and possibly pit stops in the form of loan spells.
Dixon is an exciting youth prospect and his recent form has sparked a lot of interest among clubs. If he continues to keep up this level, sooner clubs will be hovering around him.
Will the Toffees sign Junior Dixon in the future?