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…
A good old fashioned pre-season friendly is always a good way for a young star to catch the manager’s eye, whilst the majority of the senior stars make their way back to action in drips and drabs after international commitments and what not.
On that note, Everton youngster Joe Williams took his chance with both hands in the Toffees’ friendly against Kariobangi Sharks.
On a day where Marco Silva’s side somewhat embarrassed themselves against the Kenyan Premier League side, Williams made sure he was noticed.
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A humiliating moment saw the Merseysiders go a goal down, but Williams’ excellent low free-kick under the wall caught the keeper off guard as it nestled into the net.
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You can see why some clubs have been lodging bids for the 22-year-old.
Silva was keen to take a look at Williams and wanted to take him on the pre-season training camp in Austria last summer, but a knee injury meant that the former captain of the Under-23s was sidelined instead.
Williams has been with Everton since the age of seven, and at the age of 22 you would feel that he is running out of time to impress. To add some context, Richarlison is also 22 years of age, and look where he’s at.
However, his excellent display in the 4-3 loss to Kariobangi Sharks on penalties should mean that he is a player to keep an eye on for Silva and for the Everton supporters.
He clearly has something about him given the amount of interest in his talents this summer.
Perhaps after seeing how Borussia Dortmund have made another young English star in Jadon Sancho a £90m-rated England international, the Toffees would be wise to stick a buy-back clause in any deal they agree to for Williams.
Just in case.