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‘PL debut is a big moment in their lives’

8 Dec 2016
Everton players receive Premier League Debut Balls

David Unsworth is excited about the future of Everton academy talents as six top-flight debutants are recognised

The latest Premier League debutants for Everton have been recognised for their landmark achievement with commemorative footballs.

Mason Holgate, 20, made the first of his four top-flight appearances to date in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in August 2016, and received his PL Debut Football along with Callum Connolly, Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Jonjoe Kenny and Matthew Pennington – who all first appeared in 2015/16.

The group have also played their part in helping David Unsworth’s Under-23 side reach the top of Premier League 2 Division 1 after 11 fixtures this season.

"I'm proud when I look at these players, and about what they're achieving and what they're going to do," former Toffees defender Unsworth told evertonfc.com. "We aspire to have every single player who comes through our ranks get to the stage where they are a potential first-team player and I'll never stop until that happens."

Unsworth and former Manchester City midfielder Paul Lake presented the Debut Balls, with one handed to every home-grown Premier League debutant since the 2015/16 campaign. 

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