Under-21s Head To Spain
Alan Stubbs takes his squad to Jerez for a six-day training camp.
Everton Under-21s have jetted out to Spain to complete their final preparations for the new season.
Alan Stubbs and his squad arrived in Jerez on Sunday afternoon to begin a six-day training camp ahead of their first league fixture of the campaign away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 12 August.
During their stay in southern Spain, the Under-21s will play their final match of pre-season against Real Betis B this Wednesday evening.
“It’s going to be a great week for us to work in the sun and get some good quality training in,” Stubbs told evertontv. “We will have some relaxing time and it will be good for team bonding.
“We get back on the Friday and we have our first game on the Monday so I’m hoping that it is going to be the perfect preparation.
“We are in a very fortunate position where the club have been great in allowing us to come away, which is really appreciated.
“I’m hoping the players appreciate it, work hard and so it sets us up for next Monday which is what we have worked towards for the last four or five weeks.”
The squad touched down in Jerez on Sunday lunchtime less than a day after playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Southport.
A topsy-turvy friendly match saw the Blues lead by two goals in the first half before the hosts rallied after the break to turn the match 3-2 in their favour.
A last-gasp strike from Hallam Hope – his second of the afternoon – earned a 3-3 draw for the Blues.
“I thought it was a good exercise for us and it was different to the Blackburn game we played during the week behind closed doors,” said Stubbs when offering his verdict.
“Blackburn had a really strong team out which, on paper, would have given most first teams a game. I’d rather play a game like that than one which we are going to win comfortably.
“It led us into Southport which was a different type of contest. It was just as hard but they didn’t have the quality we faced against Blackburn. It was a different challenge and I thought the lads coped really well.
“We played well at times although we conceded a couple of sloppy goals, which was a little bit disappointing. But I’ve got to say that I would rather be conceding them now than when the season starts.”