Whilst the likes of Tom Cannon and Stanley Mills will steal the show for their goalscoring exploits, to see young Matthew Mallon handed the final ten minutes by Paul Tait shows the ever-increasing faith his manager has in him.
He could soon end up pushing Kyle John for his place, or even bypassing him altogether to replace the largely underperforming Seamus Coleman now.
The 18-year-old noted on the club website that pace, strength and crossing were his main strengths down the right flank. This is something which their £55k-per-week skipper is certainly lacking, as, despite his hero status on Merseyside, he has declined with age severely.
Meanwhile, Mallon goes on from strength to strength with each passing season.
Since the commencement of the new campaign, it seems Tait is keen on handing him increased involvement with the U21s. He has already notched up his first assist in just four Premier League 2 appearances this term.
There were talks that he might have been released, but this summer he signed a new long-term contract where he spoke highly of his aspirations whilst at the club.
This contract marks a show of faith for the full-back who could be the future of Everton.
Speaking on the club website, he claimed: “Everton is like home to me. I’ve been here for such a long time. I enjoy being around the lads here, I enjoy the environment – to be able to be at a top club, like I am, and to be happy, like I am, is what you dream about.”
Perhaps now he could become a dream for Frank Lampard, especially in the absence of Nathan Patterson. Opportunity beckons for the teenager.