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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Jose Baxter

Position: Midfielder/Forward
Nationality: English
Nickname: Apparently it's Spike!

Jose Baxter is a former Everton player who came through the Everton Academy.

He never quite fulfilled his potential at Everton and left in the summer of 2012 after apparently rejecting a new deal to stay at Goodison.

Did You Know? Baxter scored more goals at youth level than the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Ian Rush!

He remained as an Everton youth player until 2008 when he trained with the first-team squad on tours to Switzerland and the United States two months after leaving school.

Baxter made his professional début for the club on the opening day of the 2008–09 season coming on as a substitute in a home game against Blackburn Rovers, becoming Everton's youngest ever senior player in the process, aged 16 years and 191 days, beating the record previously held by team-mate James Vaughan.

Baxter was named in the Everton starting line up to play West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, becoming the youngest Everton player ever to start a game In March 2009 he signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.

Baxter remained in the squad in the starting line up and in making many substitute appearances in 2009-10 season. He also made the first team at Goodison Park against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

He joined Tranmere Rovers on the 23rd September 2011 and went on to score on his début against Preston North End.

Baxter left the club for nothing in July 2012 in search of regular first team football.

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