Everton assistant Shakespeare: Apollon game not an audition

Everton assistant Shakespeare: Apollon game not an audition

Everton assistant Shakespeare: Apollon game not an audition

Boss Sam Allardyce was absent due a medical appointment but winger Lookman served up a dose a feel-good factor with the travelling fans with a pair of first-half strikes.

Assistant manager Sammy Lee and first-team coach Craig Shakespeare will oversee the match in Cyprus instead, as a skeleton Everton side face off against their Cypriot opponents in what Allardyce previously termed a "dead rubber" match for both clubs.

Northern Ireland Under 21 global Shayne Lavery has been named on the bench for Everton's final Europa League group game this evening.

"The team for Sunday hasn't been picked so there is an opportunity as always in any training session for things to change", Shakespeare told reporters in a press conference held on Wednesday afternoon.


There are several more potential debutants on a youthful bench that boasts an average age of 17.86, with Mateusz Hewitt, Michael Collins, Alex Denny, Shayne Lavery, Anthony Gordon, Nathan Broadhead and Stephen Duke-McKenna among the substitutes.

Jurgen Klopp's side are the Premier League's third highest scorers (33) after 15 games, behind only Manchester United (35) and Manchester City (46).

Allardyce, 63, was appointed Everton manager on 30 November and his only game in charge has been the 2-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday.

And the 18 year-old could make another ambition come to fruition this evening should he take to the pitch for the first time in a senior fixture.

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