Everton youngster Morgan Feeney says marking striker Romelu Lukaku has taught him how to deal with top-level forwards.
The 18-year-old features regularly for Everton's title challenging Premier League 2 side and has been praised by coach David Unsworth, who said the teenager comes from the “Dave Watson school of defending”.
Lukaku is arguably the best striker in the Premier League currently, leading the goalscorer charts with 24 Premier League goals, and Feeney says he has enjoyed playing against the Belgium international.
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Feeney told the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve trained with the first-team a little bit, I’ve enjoyed it loads and the manager is very intelligent and you get little things off him and it’s just a great experience to be there.
“You have to be a bit clever.
“Playing against lads your own age you can match them for strength but playing against Rom you have got to stand off him a bit and keep the ball in front of you.
“The first time I came up against him I thought: ‘Just don’t get done in behind or get into a fight with him!’.
“You can tell the difference between the tempo and ball speed they play at.”
The likes of Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have become first-team regulars under Ronald Koeman this season and Feeney says he takes inspiration from his fellow youngsters' presence in the set-up.
“You have just got to take it game by game and slowly keep progressing,” he added.
“If you can learn off other players and take positives on them then that will really help.
“You take confidence from seeing the likes of Tom and Dom and players like that going up and gives you confidence that there will be chances.”