Iversen Eyes Silverware As Young Blues Prepare For Widnes Test

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Einar Iversen says Everton's youngsters are eager to fight for honours on all fronts as the Blues prepare to take on Widnes in the Liverpool Senior Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday night.

The clash at Widnes' Halton Stadium kicks off at 7.45pm, with turnstile entry £7 for adults and £3 for concessions.

The Toffees head into the game having booked their spot in the last eight of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

Paul Tait’s Under-18s are currently top of the Premier League (North) table, while David Unsworth's Under-23s moved four points clear at the Premier League 2 summit with a 2-0 win over Blackburn on Monday.

Keith Southern and Sean Lundon will lead a youthful Toffees side against Widnes and Iversen is eager to draw on the positive mood if involved. 

Operating at the fulcrum of the Everton midfield, the energetic Iversen has been a key figure for the Under-18s this season.

And the 17-year-old, who joined the Club from Norwegian side Stord in 2017, stresses a solid team ethic has underpinned the young Blues' impressive recent form.

“Ever since pre-season, the whole team has gelled together,” said the Norway youth international. “We’re really playing as a team and doing well as individuals, too.

“Within our squad, everyone gets on - the first-year and second-year scholars. That helps us a lot out on the pitch."


Iversen says the expert coaching he receives at Everton has been key to his personal development.

“With Taity and Keith Southern, you learn new things every day,” he said.

“This season, especially, I think I have recovered possession well. I think I’ve done well defensively, as well as moving the ball and helping to get us on the attack.

“I just want to keep going now – I want to keep performing and help us continue to win matches.”

Iversen says he is determined to develop his all-round game, stressing his ambition to make more decisive contributions in the final third, while continuing to break up play and thwart opposition attacks.

“I want to be better going forward and be more creative,” he says. “I want to hopefully get some more assists and score more, too.

“We are set goals every six weeks on areas to improve. We review them after six weeks, and the coaches tell you where you’ve done well and what you need to do better at.

“The coaches and facilities here are brilliant, and the Club is really good at developing young talent. It’s the best place for me.”

Just 16 when he left his homeland to join Everton in the summer of 2017, Iversen says the welcoming atmosphere at the Club has helped him to thrive on the pitch.

He has set his sights high this season and is convinced the young Blues have the quality to make this a campaign to remember.

“I felt at home at Everton right from the start,” he said. “It’s like a big family here.

“We have done well so far this year. Hopefully we can go on and win things this season now. That’s what we want to do.”

Look out for a match report and reaction from Tuesday's Senior Cup tie at Widnes on evertonfc.com later.

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