Everton’s academy, despite facing challenges in the past year due to the club’s financial regulations, continues to produce promising talents. Among them is the young number 10, Sean McAllister, who showcased his skills in a recent victory over Monaco in the Premier League International Cup, writes the LiverpoolEcho.
McAllister’s standout performance included two well-taken goals that highlighted his ability to capitalize on opportunities created by his teammates. The 21-year-old demonstrated composure for his first goal within the opening two minutes, surprising opponents and setting the tone for Everton’s dominance.
While much attention is on the potential return of Dele Alli from injury, McAllister has quietly been making an impact in the academy ranks. Under the guidance of manager Sean Dyche, McAllister’s stature has grown, evident in his goal-scoring exploits against Monaco.
In the match, McAllister’s first goal resulted from his alertness and quick reaction to a blocked shot, displaying a predatory instinct. His second goal showcased a well-timed run into the box, meeting Francis Okoronkwo’s cross with precision.
Despite missing a chance to complete a hat-trick early in the second half, McAllister’s contributions were pivotal in securing a 4-2 victory for Everton. His positive displays aren’t limited to this match, as he previously played a role in Lewis Dobbin’s match-winner against Athletic in the same competition.
McAllister’s journey reflects a year of progress, aligning with Dyche’s appointment. Having been part of first-team training last season and making the bench for the crucial win over Bournemouth, he signed a 12-month extension, signaling his commitment to Everton’s future.
Sean McAllister: “It was great to come on today, get more minutes and show the boss what I can do. I want to get on the end of crosses and things like that. This is what I like to bring, energy and put defenders on the back foot. I’ve tried to do that every time I come on.”
While Everton’s U21s have faced challenges in replicating the attacking prowess of the previous season, McAllister, alongside talents like Okoronkwo, Mackenzie Hunt, Jenson Metcalfe, Kyle John, and Dobbin, continues to impress. On a freezing night at Walton Hall Park, these young talents showcased their potential, with McAllister standing out as a player poised for first-team responsibilities.