Aintree-born forward Tom Cannon joined Everton aged 10 and was 18 when he signed a first professional contract in March 2021.
A Republic of Ireland youth international, he made his Everton Under-18 debut aged 16 and scored on his second appearance at that level in April 2019.
The curtailed 2019/20 campaign yielded 16 goals in as many games – 13 starts – including four in a 10-0 demolition of Sunderland.
Cannon was formidable again the following season. He scored at a rate of a goal every other game in 20 Under-18 appearances, while steadily being introduced to Under-23 football.
There were 13 appearances from the bench and one start for the older-age team, Cannon netting twice, in addition to an ever-present role in Everton's run to the FA Youth Cup quarter finals.
He was chosen by coaches and staff to receive the Tony Heslop Award, which honours a player who “represents The People’s Club with distinction and passion”, at the 2020/21 Academy Awards.
Cannon impressed in his first season as a fully-fledged Everton Under-23 player in 2021/22, scoring eight goals in 23 appearances to finish as the team's leading marksman.
Cannon's football idol is Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.
Contracted until: June 2025