Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin tipped for Everton first team
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/01/17 5:50pm
David Unsworth, the Everton Under-23s boss, is confident Tom Davies, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin can establish themselves in the club's first team.
Midfielder Davies, 18, and defender Holgate, 20, both started Saturday's FA Cup clash with Leicester for their ninth and eighth Toffees first-team appearances respectively.
Nineteen-year-old forward Calvert-Lewin, an August signing from Sheffield United, got his fourth senior Everton run-out and first start in the previous match, the 3-0 Premier League win over Southampton.
Unsworth told PA: "They can establish themselves in the first-team. They have to keep grounded and working hard, listening to the manager and his staff, and keep wanting to be better.
"They have now done what I think is the hardest part as a young player - breaking through and making a few appearances. Now they have to show consistency of performance, which will enable them to get in the team every week."
Unsworth, whose team are top of Premier League 2, feels Everton certainly "do it right" in terms of handling young players - and more so than other top-flight clubs.
"We don't have prima donnas or big-time charlies," the 43-year-old former Toffees defender said. "We have honest, hard-working young players, and the biggest thing our club does is give them an opportunity.
"They have to take that chance, but there is always an opportunity here, and I think that is the main difference between ourselves and maybe the three or four so-called bigger clubs."