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New manager can build a team around impressive Everton youngsters - Unsworth

Everton coach David Unsworth was thrilled with the senior performances of a handful of both players on the weekend.

The Toffees defeated Norwich City 3-0 in the final Premier League fixture of the season at Goodison Park on Sunday with the likes of Matthew Pennington, Jonjoe Kenny, Kieran Dowell and Tom Davies all being handed opportunities by Unsworth.

"I thought the young lads were terrific. I thought Matty Pennington started the game really well, unfortunately had to come off with a hamstring and it was a case of 'no problem'. Jonjoe Kenny's been playing there all season," he said.

"He's been under-21 captain, I had no hesitation putting him in and he was outstanding as well.

"Kieran Dowell showed flashes of genius, showed the quality he's been showing all season with the under-21s, and as for Tom Davies, I thought his performance was probably man of the match.

"For me he was everything we want in an Everton central midfielder."

Unsworth, who stepped in to fill the void left by the sacking of Roberto Martinez, believes the aforementioned quartet can be the basis of a solid foundation for whoever the Merseyside club happen to appoint as the next manager.

"That will be the skill of the manager: can he blend top established players with a new generation of unbelievable talent," he added.

"It doesn't matter how old you are, if you watch that performance, you know that Kieran, Tom, Jonjoe and Matty are here to stay and basically you build a team around that."

Andrew Slevison
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