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Everton Have Given Irish Fans At Least One Reason To Watch The Europa League Tonight

Everton Have Given Irish Fans At Least One Reason To Watch The Europa League Tonight

As Europe's second competition reaches its group stage conclusion, Harry Charsley gives Irish fans one reason to watch Europa League tonight.

In what has been a fairly dour tournament for Everton, the Blues have only managed to pick up one point from their opening five games.

With qualification no longer possible for Sam Allardyce's side, the newly-appointed Everton boss is keen to introduce some young talent for tonight's trip to Cyprus.

Who is Harry Charsley?

Born in England, but representing Ireland's U-21s, Charsley will make his senior debut for Everton tonight as they face off against Apollon Limassol.

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Having recently turned 21, Charsley has been a member of Everton's academy since the age of 9 and prefers to play as an attacking midfielder.

After some stellar performances for Everton's U-18s in 2014/15, Charsely was named U-18 Player of the Season.

Moving through the grades, Charsley impressed again under David Unsworth when the recently dismissed Everton caretaker boss was still in charge of the U-23s.

With an eye for goals, Charsley finished the 2016/17 season as joint top goalscorer as the Blues secured the Premier League 2 title.

What has Charsley done with the Ireland U-21s?

Despite being born in England, Charsley has chosen to represent Ireland from an U-17 level upward.

Featuring in two UEFA U-17 games for Ireland, he moved onto the U-19 grade seamlessly, playing against the likes of the Netherlands in the process.

With his passing ability setting him apart, Charsley has become a key component of an Irish U-21 side that is making some good ground toward qualification.

Unusually, despite playing regularly as an attacking midfielder for Everton's youth sides and Ireland, Charsley looks set to start at left-back for Everton tonight as they see out their Europa League mis-adventure.

Fun Fact:

Charsley's name is not Harry at all. Officially his name is Henry.

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