Who Are Everton's Debutants?

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Everton have named youngsters Fraser Hornby and Harry Charsley in their starting line-up for Thursday’s final Europa League group game against Apollon Limassol, as well as seven other potential debutants on the substitutes’ bench. 

But who are the crop of youngsters? What positions do they play? And when were they born? (Four of them in this century!)

Here’s everything you need to know about the unfamiliar faces in tonight’s squad…  

THE STARTERS 

Charsley

Versatile Harry can play in several positions and has been at Everton’s Academy since the age of nine.

A crucial part of the Under-18s’ league triumph in 2013/14, his sixth and final goal of that campaign was the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Goodison Park to clinch the title.


The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international enjoyed another eye-catching season in 2014/15, scooping the Under-18s Player of the Season Award as the young Blues narrowly missed out on retaining their crown. 

Charsley impressed for David Unsworth's Under-23s in 2015/16 and 2016/17, finishing the latter campaign as joint top scorer to help Everton secure the Premier League 2 title.

Hornby

Attack-minded Fraser joined Everton from Northampton Town at Under-14 level. 

Initially a midfielder, he is developing into a powerful and prolific number 9. 

A regular for the Under-18s since signing scholarship forms in July 2016, he caught the eye by netting four times to help the young Blues to a 5-2 league win over Stoke City later that same year. 

The Scotland Under-18 international ended the campaign with 13 goals in 17 appearances, with his stellar form seeing him handed opportunities to impress for the Under-23s. 

He has made three Premier League 2 outings so far this term.  


THE SUBSTITUTES

Hewelt

Goalkeeper Mateusz joined Everton as a first-year scholar in the summer of 2013.

Polish-born, the youngster had previously played in the Republic of Ireland for Stella Maris and Shelbourne FC.

Hewelt was a regular for the Under-18s in 2014/15, while also finishing the campaign in goal for the Under-21s and travelling as back-up with the senior squad.

He was almost an ever-present as David Unsworth's Under-23s were crowned Premier League 2 champions in 2016/17 and was named on the first-team bench on a handful of occasions in the absence of either Maarten Stekelenburg or Joel Robles.

Collins


Part of Everton’s Academy since the age of 14, pacy left-sided centre-back Collins is a regular for the Club’s Under-18s. 

He is eligible to represent England, Republic of Ireland and Jamaica. 

Broadhead

Nathan is a skilful forward who possesses excellent balance and two good feet.

The youngster became a first-year scholar in June 2014 after first joining Everton's Academy at the age of 10.

He was top goalscorer for the Under-18s in 2015/16, also helping them lift the prestigious Dallas Cup.

After breaking through to David Unsworth's Under-23s in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, he was rewarded with a new three-year deal.

Broadhead has also played for Bangor City and Wrexham and has received international recognition for Wales up to Under-19 level.

Denny

An engine in the middle of the park, Alex is another Under-18s regular and was part of the Blues’ triumphant Dallas Cup squad in 2016.

Joining the Club as an Under-10, he has represented England at youth level.

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Under-18s regular Stephen signed on with Everton at Under-11 level. 

Hard working and versatile, he was born in Liverpool but is eligible to play for Guyana, Holland and Republic of Ireland, as well as England.

Lavery

Striker Shayne joined Everton at the age of 16, signing scholarship forms in July 2015.

He had previously been at Portadown and Glenavon and has represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level.

He was a regular for Everton’s Under-18s in 2015/16 and 2016/17, while also training with David Unsworth's Under-23s in his second season with the Blues.

Fighting back from a serious injury, he netted the winner in the Under-23s’ 2-1 Premier League Cup victory over Portsmouth in October. 

Gordon

An attacking midfielder who includes dribbling and finishing among his strengths, Gordon has represented England at Under-15 level.

Signing on with Everton as an Under-12, he penned scholarship terms this summer and is currently the Under-18 Premier League’s leading scorer with 12 goals in 10 appearances. 

In August, he scored four times in one game as Paul Tait’s side recorded an emphatic 7-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Should he come on and net tonight, he would become Everton's second youngest ever goalscorer at 16 years and 286 days old. 

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