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What happened to the Everton side that lost 1-0 to BATE?

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The 2009-10 season was the first edition of the Europa League, a much needed revamp of the UEFA Cup. David Moyes’ Everton had finished 5th in the Premier League the season before, and thus entered at the play-off stage. Winning their way through to the group stage, Everton had qualified for the knock-outs when they went into their final group game against Belarusian side BATE Borisov.

In the midst of an injury crisis threatening to curtail a mediocre season (Everton had only won four league matches all season in December), David Moyes did something very unusual for the Scot and fielded a side almost full of reserve players, the vast majority of whom were youngsters.

Everton lost 1-0, in front of the lowest home attendance of the season. Some of the young guns impressed, some didn’t – but the experience was said to be “vital” for all of them.

Almost 7 years later, I thought it would be interesting to check out where all of those involved have gone. I’m guessing at the formation (I can’t remember it), using my knowledge of the players involved – it looked to be a 4-3-3.

Starting XI:

8910GK: Carlo Nash
Everton appearances: 1
Current club: Retired

Moyes didn’t play a young goalkeeper, instead choosing consistent bench warmer Carlo Nash. Carlo didn’t play another match for Everton, unfortunately finding himself understudy to Howard during the American’s most consistent period at Goodison.

180216RB: Seamus Coleman
Everton appearances: 219*
Current club: Everton

Coleman wasn’t a guaranteed starter back in December 2009. In fact, this was only his fourth appearance for Everton, having had a nightmare debut away in Benfica and a man-of-the-match substitute appearance the next weekend against Tottenham. He would join Blackpool later that season, guide them to the Premier League and then establish himself amongst the Goodison faithful.

50620CB: Tony Hibbert
Everton appearances: 328
Current club: Unattached

Hibbert was one of the few first teamers risked that December evening. A one-club man, our favourite average superstar was released earlier this summer, sadly without a competitive goal to his name.

192622CB: Shane Duffy
Everton appearances: 10
Current club: Blackburn Rovers

Shane Duffy looked promising during the handful of appearances he made under Moyes. The first time I saw him, he was a better defender than World Cup finalist Jonny Heitinga. I was sad to see him leave, but he’s done well at Blackburn and started Ireland’s final two matches at Euro 2016.

196952LB: Jake Bidwell
Everton appearances: 1
Current club: QPR

At one point, Jake Bidwell was tipped to replace Leighton Baines in the Everton side. In order to aid his development, he was sent to Brentford on loan for two seasons between 2011 and 2013, after which he joined the Londoners permanently. Impressing for the Bees, he’s moved to QPR for this season.

158804CM: Leon Osman
Everton appearances: 433
Current club: Unattached

Moyes liked experience to be evident throughout all of his sides, hence why Nash, Hibbert and Osman all played against BATE. Osman had an excellent career with Everton, excelling and impressing everywhere until age and legs caught up with him. He was released at the end of last season, although there have been sightings of him at Finch Farm trying to get a new deal.

183465CM: Jack Rodwell
Everton appearances: 109
Current club: Sunderland

Jack Rodwell is a strange player. He should be better than he is, he’s always had more promise than he’s showed. One of the few youngsters to become a regular first-teamer under Moyes, until he was sold to Manchester City – he can now link up with his first boss in the North East. At 25, it might be the best thing for his stuttering career.

193910CM: Adam Forshaw
Everton appearances: 2
Current club: Middlesbrough

Forshaw was another who looked to be getting somewhere under Moyes, by which I mean he was one of the few under-21’s who got some Premier League game time. In 2012, he was named our reserve player of the year, before being shipped off to Brentford. He found his way to Middlesbrough, but is likely to leave instead of play in the Premier League once again.

182883ST: Kieran Agard
Everton appearances: 6
Current club: Bristol City

I’m staggered Agard turned out 6 times for Everton, I barely remember any. He didn’t score, that’s for sure. Since then, he’s played for a couple of lower-league sides, always playing in Leagues 1 and 2, but not good enough once they get promoted. A journeyman career, traipsing the lower tiers of English football awaits.

109693ST: Yakubu
Everton appearances: 107
Current club: Unattached – recent trial at Boreham Wood

Another experienced player in the spine of the team, Yakubu couldn’t inspire a young front line to victory. Started well for Everton, faded rapidly – which kind of sums up his career.

188164ST: Jose Baxter
Everton appearances: 15
Current club: Unattached

Sharing a name with Mourinho is probably all Baxter has ever had going for him in football. He once scored a worldy in a friendly for Everton, and was promptly hailed as the next Wayne Rooney. His career dive-bombed after that, and has since served numerous suspensions for drug abuse. Earlier this summer, Sheffield United decided enough was enough and released him.

Coming off the bench:

190504Hope Akpan
Everton appearances: 1
Current club: Blackburn Rovers

Akpan left Everton without much fanfare, dropping to League 2 with Crawley Town. To give the midfielder credit, he did get back to the Premier League – signing for Reading in 2013. Since then, he’s dropped back to the Championship and has found a home in Lancashire.

192227Shkodran Mustafi
Everton appearances: 1
Current club: Valencia

Ah, the World Cup winner who Moyes decided wasn’t good enough for Everton. Mustafi signed as a promising centre back in 2009, made the bench a few times, called Goodison Park “home” before being sold on a free to Sampdoria in 2012. The next most heard of him, he was appearing at the World Cup for eventual champions Germany. A penny for Moyes’ thoughts that day?

190470Nathan Craig
Everton appearances: 1
Current club: Caernarfon Town

Probably the most obscure player to get game time that night, it’s fair to say Nathan Craig won’t appear on most football fans radars. He left Everton to go back to Wales, and has since returned there following a stint with Torquay. I very much doubt he will return to England any time soon.

Warming the bench:

16254Tim Howard
Everton appearances: 414
Current club: Colorado Rapids

Is it only me who thinks Moyes was a little harsh not to put a young keeper on the bench?


192319Luke Garbutt
Everton appearances: 12*
Current club: Everton

Given what we know now, it appears strange that Garbutt sat on the bench while Bidwell started, however back in 09 Garbutt was a 16-year-old who hadn’t even trained with the first team. He wouldn’t appear for the Blues in the Premier League until Moyes left, and now faces a big season to establish himself as Everton’s second choice left back. Either that or Koeman doesn’t see Garbutt in his future plans, as the left back hasn’t got a squad number this season.

197774Conor McAleny
Everton appearances: 3*
Current club: Everton

Unfortunately, I doubt Conor will stay at Everton for much longer – towards the end of last season he found his level with Wigan, and a move to the Championship or League 1 at some point this month wouldn’t surprise me. It’s a shame as he’s shown promise at various points during his career, including almost scoring on his Premier League debut. Like Garbutt, McAleny hasn’t been given a squad number.

196953Aristote Nsiala
Everton appearances: 0
Current club: Hartlepool United

Another one of Moyes’ wonderfully average youngsters, Toto left Everton to play in Vietnam’s second tier with TDCS Dong Thap (via Accrington). He came back to England fairly quickly, however has never been anywhere near the top flight.

All pictures taken from www.futhead.com

BBC’s match report, said, about Everton, “their young side gained some vital first-team experience and showed plenty of promise.” Losing to the Belarusian champions was probably good experience, but I doubt that the likes of Agard, Akpan and Craig showed much promise!

A couple of years ago, in a similar situation, Roberto Martinez fielded a young-ish side for our last Europa League group stage match. In five years time, it will be interesting to see if Dowell, Ledson and Long have had similar careers to Nsiala, Craig and Agard or if the hype surrounding this generation of Everton youngsters is all worth it.


Author: GHardman42

Mancunian. Main passions are Sport and Mus(e)ic. Huge Everton, AM, Lancashire, JB and England fan! I play tennis like Dolgopolov (except nowhere near as good). Josh has said "You just don't know what will come next"

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