This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Some of Everton’s youngsters have been making a lot of noise down in the youth ranks over the past year, with the likes of Anthony Gordon earning a place on the bench against Southampton.
Plus, other forwards such Ellis Simms have also been making a name for themselves at Finch Farm, as he has netted 41 goals in 44 games for the U18s.
However, one man who has not quite been talked about as much is attacking midfielder Antony Evans.
Evans is one of the elder players for David Unsworth’s men and, at 21 years old, the academy star has already had loan spells with Blackpool and Morecambe, playing a combined total of 26 games for the two clubs.
Now, it seems as if the versatile attacker could get another loan move, which might be the most important one in his career.
His manager Unsworth told the Liverpool Echo in September when asked about the prospect of Evans leaving the club: “I still think it will materialise, I just think it will be in January because he’s producing levels of performance and he’s scoring goals now.
“It gets his name on the sheet, his profile raised and I think, I’ve no doubt, that he’ll get a move.
“He’s consistently putting the ball in the right areas and he’s a threat, not just centrally to score goals, but wide areas.
“The assists he’s getting, the opportunities he’s creating, it’s a great weapon. It really is a great weapon.”
So far this season, Evans has an impressive four goals and four assists for the U23s in just nine games, which would have surely put him on the radar of Marco Silva if the Portuguese manager was interested in offering him an opportunity.
But it seems a first-team place is probably beyond his reach, with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Gylfi Sigurdsson battling it out in the number 10 spot.
However, it does look as if Evans will be set for a move away from Finch Farm for what will be his third loan spell or his permanent exit from the club.
With no obvious sign that Silva is looking to promote him into the senior squad, the writing appears to be on the wall.
Now, at 21, this could be his most important move to date and should he excel away from the club, a place amongst Silva’s men may not be so far away.