As Wayne Rooney was allowed to flourish and make a seamless transition to the first team, soon Tyler Onyango could be another who makes that move.
Frank Lampard will be hoping to develop a player who possesses even half the ability of the sensational Ivorian.
David Unsworth, who was at the time manager of the U23s, noted how the 19-year-old was on “the first team radar”, before going on to shower him in praise: “Energy, great energy. We’ve been working with Tyler on actually arriving in the box and getting those goals… They’re going to be, hopefully, top young players.”
Standing at 6 foot 2, the midfielder has featured 55 times for the Toffees youth sides. During this period, he has bagged seven goals and assisted a further five, as he goes in search of those remarkable numbers that Toure achieved with City.
He had already featured four times for the Everton senior squad, with three of those coming last season in short cameos during an unforgiving season.
Although Lampard invested heavily in rebranding the midfield this summer, adding James Garner, Idrissa Gana Gueye and Amadou Onana, Onyango should feel confident that with his talent he can soon start challenging them for a place.
His unique skillset combined with his physical imposing frame makes him unique, and if he can fulfil his potential then the Toure comparisons may grow stronger as he begins to surge forward more often and impact proceedings in the final third.
Perhaps if this season goes better than the last for the Toffees, after returning from a hopefully successful loan spell, he can begin to kick on next season.