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Everton can save millions with Lewis Warrington

Everton enjoyed a busy transfer window this summer and the dust around Goodison Park finally seems to be settling as Sunday’s clash with West Ham United approaches.

New acquisitions were given handed extra time to acclimate themselves to their new home after the baptism of fire some enjoyed against Liverpool, following the postponement of their game against Arsenal over the weekend.

James Garner was one summer signing who was omitted from this fixture, and at £15m the outlay for the former Manchester United youngster marks a risky dip into the market for the financially-hamstrung Toffees.

Should Lewis Warrington be given a chance next season?

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However, manager Frank Lampard needed to look no further than into his youth set-up to find his next midfield monster that could dominate the engine room for many years to come.

Lewis Warrington, the 19-year-old boyhood blue could add to the long list of enforcers that have graced the Merseyside outfit.

Everton have always thrived when a workmanlike midfielder has been at the core of the side, with Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure more recent versions to the likes of Idrissa Gana Gueye, Gareth Barry and even Jack Rodwell from years gone by.

The youngster, who ECHO journalist Adam Jones dubbed “exciting“, has earned praise for his press-resistant qualities in midfield, paired with his tenacious tackling and eye for a pass.

He particularly impressed during last season, whilst out on loan last season at Tranmere Rovers, where he experienced his first taste of first-team football by featuring 17 times in League Two.

Averaging a modest 0.6 key passes per game, his 1.2 tackles and 1.4 clearances per game are indicative of a defensive-minded character who can facilitate the rest of the team to thrive.

However, with this tendency to win 45% of his dribbles, he is shown to be unafraid to burst forward when given the opportunity. With the ball at his feet, he is raw but dangerous driving at the heart of the opposition defence.

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Having started the new season well on loan at Fleetwood Town, earning a 7.4 SofaScore rating in their opening fixture, perhaps after he has another season or two of senior football under his belt he could return ready to demand a first-team spot under Lamard.

As such, Warrington could be the future of Everton’s midfield and could hold down a role that they have often struggled without.

Once Gueye’s second stint at the club is over, the Merseyside-born maestro will be ready to step up should he keep improving at his current rate.

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