David Unsworth claims Everton’s b-team amid ruthless loan statement
David Unsworth described what his young players need to do to get loans and the manager explained what the best way to develop young footballers is.
The Everton Under-23s started their Premier League 2 campaign disappointingly on Sunday with a 1-0 loss to Liverpool in Kirkby.
Jake Cain’s first goal was enough to give the hosts all three points despite the Blues fielding a solid squad, including players returning from loan spells and involvement in Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team setup.
Unsworth made no secret of his disappointment with the performance on his side and called on his players to show the right qualities if they are to secure temporary changes.
Asked by ECHO on how many of his stars he expects to find loans this summer, he replied: “On this performance none, if I’m brutally honest.
“You have to win all you can in football. It’s the young players, the senior players, the people looking for a loan – you have to perform.
“I always remember we played against Andros Townsend a few years ago at Southport, he was playing for a very young team and he was amazing. He worked his socks on, never stopped running, helping young players .
“There are four or five players on this squad today that we want and expect to be on loan, but if you’re not playing … if a manager was watching this today you wonder what they’re going to do. to do ?
“Are you going to take them for a lack of pace of work? Not acceptable.”
Earlier this month, Unsworth took on an expanded role as manager of the club’s Academy, alongside his duties of managing the U23 squad.
The Blues coach has a clear idea of how best to develop young players, and he would like his whole team to play against senior teams as a “b team”.
And the former Everton defender has opened up a bit more about the wider implications of his work and how he is always looking for the best ways to give every player what they need to be successful.
“A lot of people don’t realize that the job is also to deal with young players when they come back from loans,” Unsworth added.
“So we give them time to play to present them for a better loan, that’s what the club chose to do and it’s very difficult to lend young players.
“I would like our players to be a B team playing in the football league. It is the best way to develop footballers.
“There is a certain process that these young boys have to go through. Some do it faster than others, some are a little slower, some have to go through the loan route.
“Managing the expectations when they come back from loan or come back from first team training is why we give them the opportunity to play in this team, to get another loan to get the best out of it. part of their career.
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“A lot of people think it’s just young players playing and they’re all doing it seamlessly, it doesn’t work like that. We have a lot of players who go on loan and come back who don’t. not get another team ready.
“We are very aware that we are running things the way we do.
“If you look at this team today, you look at Callum Connolly, Nathan Broadhead, Dennis Adeniran, Beni Baningime – these are players who should be and we want them on loan.”