Everton have produced amazing talents over the years and have always nurtured their rising stars by giving the very best their opportunities to shine at Goodison Park, with Wayne Rooney and more recently Anthony Gordon just two of the many homegrown players who have made their mark at the club.
The Toffees haven’t had the best few seasons in the Premier League of late, spending more than £500m on transfers and going through a high turnover of managers over the last six years since Farhad Moshiri became the majority stakeholder at the club. Based on recent form, though, that may finally be changing.
Frank Lampard has hugely improved the team in their first eight outings in the 2022/23 Premier League, leading them to go unbeaten in their last six top-flight games, and his team currently have the best defensive record in the division.
After making nine signings this summer following a relegation scrap at the bottom of the table last time around, the transfer window was a true test of how well the powerbrokers at Goodison Park could recruit to reignite the Toffees, and the spine of the team looks like it is finally in a good position to compete given their current form.
However, there is always room for small tweaks and improvements, something that Lampard could continue to implement by integrating some of the up-and-coming youth talents in the academy.
One player who is proving to be worth keeping an eye on for the Everton boss is Lewis Warrington, a talented midfielder who is currently on loan in League One with Fleetwood Town.
Across five league appearances, the 19-year-old has been showing glimpses of his abilities this season making one key pass, one interception and 2.4 tackles and winning 3.4 duels per game, also tallying a pass completion rate of 84% so far (Sofascore).
Lampard is already aware of the untapped potential that the teenage sensation can offer to the Merseysiders, selecting the youngster for two Premier League matchday squads this term prior to him being sent out on loan.
The 44-year-old hailed Warrington after giving him 26 minutes in the Carabao Cup in August, ironically against the club where he is now on loan, saying of the teenage gem: “He’s an incredible young professional, desperate to play for Everton and I love that.”
With that being said, the future is looking bright for Warrington; and if he can continue to develop over the coming months at Fleetwood, there is no reason why we can’t expect to see much more of the rising star in the Everton first team soon.