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Lewis Warrington: Lampard’s next Kovacic at Everton?

Everton cannot make the same mistake they did with Angers striker Mohamed-Ali Cho, who left Finch Farm back in January 2020 in search of a quicker pathway to regular top-flight first-team football – which he has since found.

It was, and remains, a warning shot to the club, that they need to give a chance to their exciting young talents, because otherwise, they will just become exciting young professional players at other rival clubs in the Premier League, or perhaps elsewhere in Europe.

However, one player that could follow on from Cho is 19-year-old midfielder Lewis Warrington, who currently is set to leave the club in the summer upon the expiration of his contract. however journalist Patrick Boyland has previously revealed that Everton want to extend his deal.

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“Everton are talking to Warrington about a new contract because his current one expires at the end of the season,” said Boyland.

“He has made a lot of progress this season, has decent passing range and is strong in the tackle.”

Having made two goal contributions in nine appearances on loan at Tranmere Rovers, where he has been since January, the 19-year-old has established himself in the League Two club’s first team, who are aiming for promotion into the third tier this season.

He has shown plenty of energy to get up and down the pitch, making plenty of contributions in the final third already, as well as on average making over one tackle and one clearance per game.

With his energy and work ethic, he could become a similar type of player to Mateo Kovacic, who played under Everton boss Frank Lampard during their time at Chelsea together.

Indeed, the Everton website describes the teenager as the following: “A gifted all-round midfielder, he boasts impressive energy, and expansive passing range and eye for goal.”

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Those are certainly traits that are synonymous with Kovacic, particularly when it comes to a passing point of view. It also bodes well for Warrington breaking into what is sometimes a lethargic midfield at Goodison Park.

If he does continue his rapid rate of development, he could replace midfield flop Andre Gomes, who has previously been labelled as “reckless” by Everton journalist David Prentice.

The Portuguese 28-year-old has not justified his £112k per week wages this season at all, nor his £22.5m price tag, and having made just five Premier League starts and 12 appearances in the competition all season, it’s likely Lampard will look to move him on in the Summer.

In that scenario, Warrington would likely be presented an opportunity to impress in pre-season, and should he take it, he has the potential to go on and become a key midfielder for Everton.

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