Carlo Ancelotti could discover Everton’s next Tim Howard by unleashing Harry Tyrer after the academy goalkeeper earned vivid praise from West Ham United striker Mipo Odubeko.
The Toffees lost 2-1 away to the Irons on Monday afternoon after a second-half brace from Odubeko, but the 18-year-old found himself denied the treble by Tyrer.
Everton’s young up-and-comer clearly left an impression on the Hammers hopeful, who kept David Unsworth’s side in the game with a string of solid stops.
Tyrer started on the front foot by palming a Manuel Lanzini delivery out for a corner and stood firm to save a thumping header from Fabian Balbuena inside the opening twenty minutes.
Lanzini tried his luck with a free-kick approaching the break but Tyrer did well to get a hand on the 28-year-old’s swerving strike, and got down to stop a fierce hit from Odubeko inside the box early in the second period.
Odubeko unleashed another emphatic shot just after the hour mark that Tyrer had to do wonders to keep out, stretching well to keep the ball out from the bottom corner of his net. But he was eventually beaten when Odubeko rose highest at the back post to head home and soon had a brace from the penalty spot.
Tyrer’s string of saves may not have allowed Unsworth’s side to claim only their ninth win in 21 Premier League 2 fixtures this term, but offered plenty of promise for his future and praise from West Ham’s star U23s striker.
“I thought the Everton keeper was class. He got down to make a good couple of saves – shots that I thought would’ve gone in – but, obviously, I had to keep at it,” Odubeko said, via quotes by the Liverpool Echo (21/4, 07:43).
Ancelotti has clearly been impressed with Tyrer’s progress as well, with the Everton boss naming him on the bench for five Premier League fixtures plus two FA Cup ties this season.
Tyrer is yet to make his senior debut but has kept three clean sheets in 27 U23s games across all competitions over the past two campaigns, including shutting out League One side Burton Albion in an EFL Trophy clash at Pirelli Stadium last term.
Ancelotti now unleashing the academy stopper could see the Italian discover his side’s next Howard, who similarly earned lavish praise from rivals during his days at Goodison Park.
“He is a really experienced goalkeeper who has played many, many games in the Premier League,” David de Gea told ManUtd.com last year. “He is brave, quick around his goal and a great shot-stopper. He is a great keeper.”
Howard enjoyed a 10-year career with the Toffees after an initial loan spell from Manchester United for the 2006/07 campaign, in which he kept 134 clean sheets in 414 games across all competitions and even scored once.
Tyrer could one day occupy the same position between the sticks at Goodison Park with Ancelotti said to be searching for a potential Jordan Pickford replacement, and should look to see what the Crosby-born prospect has in his locker.
If not over the remainder of the current Premier League campaign, Tyrer has to be given his chance to impress in Everton’s pre-season plans or seal a loan switch in the summer market and gain valuable first-team experience that could see him become Ancelotti’s future number one.