By Adefunmiloye Alani

29th Sep, 2021 | 12:14pm

Everton keen to replace Francis Jeffers with new finishing coach

Everton are looking to replace Francis Jeffers with a new finishing coach after he left for Ipswich Town in May, according to The Athletic.

The former striker held finishing sessions with Toffees forward Lewis Dobbin, 18, and some around the fringes of the set-up feel that his departure has left a void in that particular area.

Jeffers joined the club’s academy’s coaching team in 2016, becoming an under-23 coach in 2018.

The ex-Everton man was part of Duncan Ferguson’s backroom staff during his spell as caretaker manager in 2019.

Needed

Dobbin made his Premier League debut during Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Norwich City, and while he played just a few minutes, the future is very bright for him.

The teenager notched three hat-tricks in pre-season and a goal for David Unsworth’s under-23s in their recent Premier League 2 win over Derby.

He is on the fringes of the first-team and could get more chances in the coming days with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin out injured, but he might not have caught the eyes of Rafa Benitez if not for Jeffers’ impact.

Given his huge experience from his playing days and as a coach, the former striker helped Dobbin improve his finishing.

With him gone, those in the academy and youth teams are missing a specialist capable of moulding them into fine finishers ready for senior football.

The club need to bring a replacement in as soon as possible, and losing him to the League One side is a blow.

Academy coaches do not get enough praise, but they played a huge and crucial role in the lives of every football star, and Everton need to continue to get the best ones around.

In other Everton news, the Toffees have opened talks with forward and his reps over new deal.

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