Everton announced on Friday that teenage forward Kieran Phillips has signed his first professional contract with the Merseyside giants.
Phillips, who has penned a one-year deal until the end of the 2019-20 campaign, scored 12 times in 11 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League (North) last term.
In an interview, the 19-year-old revealed that he would be targeting a spot in the club’s double-winning Under-23 side in the new season.
It remains to be seen whether Phillips can become a future first-team star at Goodison Park.
However, the fact that the attacker struck 12 times in just 11 games in the Under-18 Premier League (North) last term shows that he certainly has talent at his disposal, and he’s a player you’d expect Marco Silva to keep a close eye on.
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The Everton fans have been on social media offering their views on the contract announcement, which has followed new deals for fellow youngsters Joe Anderson and Nicolas Hansen over the last few days.
And a selection of their Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Congratulations Kieran ?? keep working hard
— Pxndaaan (Ewan Scott) (@PxndaaaPSN) July 5, 2019
Well done Kieran. All the best for next season.
— Steven High (@steve_high7) July 5, 2019
Well done lad. ?
— PetaPiper (@PiperPeta) July 5, 2019
Great to see us signing up all these young players
— JSRiley87 (@Riley87Js) July 5, 2019
Good luck mate
— richard taylor (@Richard10R) July 5, 2019
— Joey Hinchliff (@joeyhinch7) July 5, 2019
Well done lad! Now the work starts! Wishing you all the best ???
— Mark Pendleton (@sunscreemer) July 5, 2019