Everton’s academy has a rich history of producing superstars, with Wayne Rooney likely to forever be its crowning jewel.
However, the current crop of youth talent seems set to take the Premier League by storm, should Frank Lampard give them the opportunity.
This mid-season tour saw Stanley Mills and Tom Cannon excel, but on loan, Lewis Warrington has quietly been going about his business.
He would then join them for the season, having drawn huge praise for his performances at Tranmere Rovers throughout the last campaign.
It is thought that upon his return at the end of the season, a space beckons for Warrington on Lampard’s side should he continue to excel.
Warrington is recording 1.9 tackles per game, but also managing 1.0 key passes alongside an 82% pass accuracy, via Sofascore.
Potentially, should Idrissa Gana Gueye continue to deteriorate with his age, his spot could come free for this workmanlike youngster to fulfil.
This World Cup is acting as further proof that the 33-year-old might not be cut out for a consistent spot in the Premier League anymore, as in his opening game against the Netherlands he recorded an abysmal 6.1 rating.
His display against Qatar has boosted his average rating for the tournament, but the hosts are admittedly far below the standard to fairly judge.
Meanwhile, whilst Gueye seems to be on the decline, Warrington only improves.
Paul Tait has often been vocal in his admiration for the maestro, and in April of last year, he took to Everton’s official club website to sing his praises:
“He’s played number 10 for quite a bit of time at the Club and we’ve changed him to a number six this season.
“He’s got good body strength, he can look after the ball and he can pass and move. He was magnificent against City.”
Boasting the skill of a number ten but the power and intelligence to play deeper, he has all the attributes to soon surpass Gueye and usurp his place in midfield.