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Everton could unearth Phillips 2.0 in Seb Quirk

Everton’s academy has produced plenty of impressive young talent over the years, and since Farhad Moshiri’s January review, it seems like there will now be an additional focus on it. This is further proved by the appointment of a new Academy Director in Gareth Prosser.

It will give hope to many youngsters across Merseyside that a pathway is becoming clearer to first-team football for the Toffees.

Should Seb Quirk be given a chance in the first team?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Having looked around the league, plenty of teams have a star academy graduate who the fans love. Leeds United had deified Kalvin Phillips before he left this summer in a big-money £42m move to Manchester City, as his tough-tackling but classy play style drew admirers.

Perhaps in Sebastien Quirk, Frank Lampard might have his own version of the midfielder who can do it all.

Described on the Everton website as a “technically-assured, versatile midfield player”, his exact position is yet unknown. Willing to sacrifice himself for the betterment of the team, he outlines his selfless characteristics towards a club he loves, much like Phillips did at Elland Road.

The 20-year-old has risen through the ranks at Finch Farm, having featured 32 times for the U18s before making the step up. During this time, he scored four and assisted seven across numerous positions.

He clearly has an eye for a goal and an assist, but his devotion and hard work suggest a role slightly deeper might benefit his game more.

Quirk even claimed after signing his first professional deal that he is “a player that will always give everything… I’m hard-working.”

Perhaps he could come in to replace the relentlessness of Idrissa Gana Gueye when he inevitably slows down, adding more goals and assists to that midfield in the process.

During the 2020/21 season, where Phillips largely avoided injuries, he managed one goal and two assists in 29 Premier League games.

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However, he also managed to average 1.2 key passes, 2.6 tackles and 1.6 interceptions per game as well as an 85% pass accuracy.

With Quirk’s numbers decreasing as he rises up the ranks, having scored just one goal and given four assists in 32 games for the U23s, perhaps he too will develop into a player akin to the Yorkshire-born midfielder as he breaks into senior football.

If he did, it would save Everton plenty of money and would give the fans another player to associate themselves with, as a boyhood blue.

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