The EVERTON teenage sensation chats to MATCH about his career so far!
THIERRY SAYS: “I signed for West Brom at U9s and was playing there for four years. Everton were interested and offered me a five-year deal with schooling included! Me and my parents made the hard decision for me to move away from home at the age of 11 for the chance to become a better player!”
THIERRY SAYS: “I was a big fan of Danny Rose when I started at Everton! That was when he was killing it at the time, so he’s a player that I looked up to. It’s changed as I’ve got older – I see myself looking more at Alphonso Davies and players like that!”
THIERRY SAYS: “It’s unbelievable! Being compared to someone like that is a blessing. He’s a great player – done a lot already, including winning the Champions League, at such a young age!”
THIERRY SAYS: “It was a surreal moment for me and my family! When I got on to the pitch it felt like I was dreaming. Hopefully it’s just a start for many more opportunities, but it just felt like a relief that all the hard work and sacrifice were worth it!”
THIERRY SAYS: “I wasn’t aware of it! I found out after the game that I’d become Everton’s all-time youngest player! Breaking a record as well was unexpected. It didn’t feel real. It’s crazy!”
THIERRY SAYS: “I started out as a centre midfielder! Throughout my West Brom career I played there, but Everton liked me as a defender. I love left-back, but I feel left wing-back is where I make the most of my attributes!”
THIERRY SAYS: “My main goals are to win a World Cup, a Champions League and a Premier League – you’ve got to dream big! Hopefully I can be part of an England team that wins a World Cup one day and winning a major trophy around Europe is my main goal!”
THIERRY SAYS: “I played for England’s Under 15s against Turkey! It’s an honour and every boy’s dream to represent their country! I was born and bred in England, so it was surreal to make my debut!”
SMALL SAYS: “My top attributes are definitely my pace and power down the wing! I like to show a bit of flair with skills and things like that, so I’d have four-star skills – and the Flip-Flap would be my go-to skill! There’s always room for improvement, but the main thing I’m working on is my crossing – I want to get my delivery better! That all comes with experience!”
FIFA OR PRO EVOLUTION?
SMALL SAYS: “FIFA is for me! In the new FIFA, my favourite player is In-Form Marcus Rashford. He’s ridiculous on the game!”
MESSI OR RONALDO?
SMALL SAYS: “Ronaldo! Obviously I respect Messi for all he’s done, but I feel I can relate to Ronaldo’s story and background more! He’s story is more similar to mine!”
FILMS OR SERIES?
SMALL SAYS: “Series!”
CATS OR DOGS?
SMALL SAYS: “Dogs! I’ve got a dog called Leo!”
TATTOOS OR PIERCINGS?
SMALL SAYS: “Tattoos. I’ve got a little earring, but I already know what tattoo I want on my forearm when I get a bit older!”
TIK-TOK OR SNAPCHAT?
SMALL SAYS: “Snapchat! I do use Tik-Tok sometimes when I’m bored but some of the dances are a bit too cringe!”
BIRTHDAYS OR CHRISTMAS?
SMALL SAYS: “Birthdays! A table tennis set is the best present I’ve ever received. When the family comes around it gets proper competitive!”
SUMMER OR WINTER?
SMALL SAYS: “Summer! I hate the cold! Hate it…”