Sean Dyche has claimed Everton’s young players can make their mark during pre-season.
Speaking to evertontv, the Toffees boss challenged the youth players to use their month prior to their Premier League opener against Fulham as an opportunity to catch his eye.
Everton jetted off to the French-Swiss Alps on Monday morning as they prepare for their first pre-season clash against Stade Nyonnais on Friday.
With a number of players absent due to recent international duty, Dyche called up the likes of Tom Cannon, Lewis Warrington and Reece Welch to join the senior squad for their week-long training camp.
Dyche is hopeful his young players will take advantage of their opportunity this week, saying: “That’s what they’re here for. Certain players went out on loan season and did pretty well.
“They’ll get the chance now to work with the group more closely and more closely to our eyes too.
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“Pre-season is always a time when you can make a mark because the staff notice things, so we will see how it goes, it’s too early to think about things like that.”
Tom Cannon could be in frame for a spot in Everton’s first team next season
Prior to Tom Cannon’s call-up to their pre-season trip, the Liverpool Echo reported that the striker could be given a chance in the Premier League following Ellis Simms’ move to Coventry City.
The 22-year-old was recalled from his loan at Sunderland in January and went onto make eleven appearances for the Toffees, though he spent most of his final months at the club on the bench.
With Simms gone and Neal Maupay linked to his own departure, Cannon is being considered for a role in the first team after netting eight goals whilst with Preston North End last season.
However, various reports have already claimed that the likes of Sunderland, Preston and Luton Town are interested in signing Cannon on a permanent deal this summer, so the Toffees will have to decide whether to cash in or not.