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Unsy Amazed By Under-21s

Young Blues impress coach as Austria training kicks off.

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David Unsworth has been left staggered by the levels exhibited by Everton Under-21s on their first full day of pre-season training.

The former Blues defender has taken charge of the second-string's six-day trip to Obertraun alongside Kevin Sheedy's Under-18 side.

And having only had his side back at Finch Farm for fitness tests prior to Sunday's journey to Austria, Unsworth was keen to see how they would check back in following their summer break.

With the ball at their feet in the Alps, they left their coach more than impressed when he came to sit down with evertontv.

"The players have come here and from the very first second, there is a 'wow' factor," he explained.

"We've had four sessions already in 24 hours which has been fantastic. The lads are really tuned in and they're showing a real hunger to impress. 

"We've had to pull the reins on them a couple of times already which is great and what you want to see. They're all champing at the bit, raring to go and ready to give it their best shot."

The group will remain in Austria until Friday afternoon before heading home via Munich.

That leaves four more days of training at high altitude and in warm weather - conditions Unsworth experienced himself at Obertraun as a player at the Club.

With Sheedy having also taken youth sides to the complex in recent years, the coaching staff are well placed to ensure the best preparation possible.

"We'll mostly be doing some fine-tuning following on from a lot of what we've done today," explained Unsworth. 

"We split the day up into three sessions. We go out early in the morning for a nice jog to wake the boys up at 7am which is fun. 

"Then we have a real technical session in the morning and a technical one with physical aspects in the afternoon. 

"We'll mix and match. We work closely with the fitness guys and sports scientists and we take an awful lot of data from the sessions we collect. We'll analyse that and make our decisions from that in terms of tailoring it down or increasing it a bit.

"The sessions are great from a coach's point of view as you can get that quality from them three times a day.

"You literally fall out of your room and you're on a training pitch. There's bikes here as well and even when we're furthest away on the pitch at the bottom, there's mountains on three sides.

"There's no excuses here - when you turn up and train in this facility, it's an honour. The players are delighted to be here, and as soon as the ball starts rolling each day, they're here to impress and do a job."

Working in close quarters with the Academy side in Austria has allowed for overlapping of talent when required.

And in discussing the Club's new batch of first-year scholars as well as Sheedy's side that won the title last term, Unsworth highlighted just how much teamwork goes on behind the scenes.

He added: "We've already had a couple of players from Kevin's group come to train with us. We keep an eye on it all the time. 

"Yesterday we trained next to each other which was great. We sit down as staff every night and talk about the players and what we're going to do the next day. 

"It's all mapped out and it's great to see the players interacting. It's not Under-18s and Under-21s. The group is one, the staff are one and it's perfect in terms of what we want from the football club. 

"We want all groups together. Players at this development stage develop at different rates and we need to keep track of everybody all the time."

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