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Adams not taking young Toffees lightly

29 August 2022

Derek Adams says he will not be taking Tuesday night’s Papa John’s Trophy fixture against Everton U21s lightly.

The Shrimps were beaten by the young Toffees in this same competition last season, and the boss wants to make changes to the team that played against MK Dons at the weekend. 

He said: “These games are never easy because they have some quality players, a number of these players will probably go out on loan after the game. 

“Some of them have already been in-and-around the first-team this season, so it will be a good game, there will be changes, we will give six players their first starts of the season. 

“That enables us to rest some of our players for the night and it gives an opportunity for some of the other players to impress.” 

Adams adds that the Papa John's Trophy should be respected despite its criticism, and the competition gives some of the country's best youngsters the platform to shine. 

He added: “The Papa John’s Trophy is so lucrative to teams, a lot of money has been put in by Premier League clubs, the reason for that is to try and develop their players quicker. 

“By playing three games against League opposition, it is to try and help English football to produce more players for the national team. 

“Clubs will see this competition as not just only an avenue to Everton’s first-team but for other teams looking to take players out on loan as well."

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