Former Everton midfielder, Isaac Price, has claimed he will improve much more after leaving the club.

Speaking after Northern Ireland’s defeat against Kazakhstan on Monday, Price has expressed his excitement at joining Standard Liege.

Price joined Everton’s academy 13 years ago and made his professional debut in an FA Cup tie against Boreham Wood in 2022.

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After featuring heavily for the Toffees’ U-21 side last season, the teenager was offered a new contract this summer but turned it down.

Price’s current deal is set to expire this month and he believes his imminent move to Belgium will help his development further.

The teenager said: “I can’t wait to go over and get started. Hopefully, I can improve a lot more over there and in a different side of the game. It’s a lot more technical.”

Isaac Price’s exit shows Everton academy’s downfall

While Everton couldn’t do much about Price’s departure if he was set on regular football in Belgium, his revelation regarding his improvement with Standard Liege reflects their academy downfall.

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The Toffees previously welcomed the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and Tony Hibbert. However, the quality of their crop seems to have stalled.

Bar Anthony Gordon – who is yet to prove his worth – Everton have struggled to develop youngsters through their academy in recent years.

Taking great success from the youth teams would be a very useful tool for the struggling Premier League outfit, with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United reaping the rewards of their academy stars.