Everton are making the most of the World Cup break by flying out to Australia to take part in the Sydney Super Cup and Frank Lampard will surely be thankful for the pause in Premier League football after a horrible run of results.
The Toffees are now just one point outside the relegation zone in 17th after losing three of their last five top-flight fixtures so a break in the season could be exactly what the manager needs to get his squad into shape ahead of their return to action after Christmas.
Indeed, Everton have several players who have travelled to the World Cup in Qatar as Jordan Pickford, Conor Coady, Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gana Gueye will all represent their respective countries in the prestigious international tournament, so Lampard will now get the opportunity to look a bit closer at some of the remaining talents over the next few weeks.
One player who will be hoping to capture the attention of the former Chelsea boss is Everton U23s midfielder Sebastian Quirk, with the player confirming his golden opportunity to travel with the squad on social media.
Despite having no senior appearances yet for the first team, the 20-year-old sensation has been showcasing his capabilities in the EFL Trophy this season, registering one assist and completing 50% of his dribbles over three appearances, as well as winning a seriously impressive four tackles and eight duels per game.
Not only that, Quirk has been a consistent performer in Everton’s Premier League 2 campaign, tallying up two assists in 11 appearances so far, proving that he is not only defensively gifted but also capable of being an attacking threat from the centre of the pitch.
The young midfielder – who is dubbed “versatile” in his bio on the Everton website – has displayed his defensive midfield talents whilst rising through the ranks in the academy since joining at just 11 years old. Judging by his impressive tackling ability, it’s evident that he is a clear contender to be a successor for Gueye who is in the latter stages of his career.
The Senegal international signed a two-year deal when he returned to Goodison Park this summer and it would be expected that the 33-year-old’s services will need to be replaced when his contract is up in 2024.
With that being said, the future is looking bright for Quirk and if he continues to flourish in the Everton academy as well as taking full advantage of his opportunities to catch Lampard’s eye in Australia there is no doubt it won’t be long before we see him in the senior team.