A KENDAL mum is bursting with pride after her son made his first team debut for Premier League side, Everton.

Amy Onyango’s 17-year-old son Tyler Onyango appeared for the first time for The Toffees during their 3-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Sheffield Wednesday last Sunday.

The Kendal youngster came on as a second half substitute for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the 85th minute at Goodison Park.

Mum Amy revealed she was delighted to see Tyler come onto the pitch.

She said: "He told me the day before that he was going to be on the bench, which was already exciting.

"On Sunday, it was just hours of waiting for the match to start.

"We were all hoping that Everton had a really good game and manage to get a few goals because that would obviously give the youngsters a better chance of getting on.

"When I saw Tyler getting ready to come on, we all jumped up and screamed, it was amazing to see him play."

Following the game, Tyler said he was delighted to feature for the Merseyside club.

He said: "I was nervous but when I got on the pitch I felt good and happy.

"I have been at the Club since I was eight, worked my way through all the age groups, and to make my debut is massive.

"As a young kid, you come to Goodison, watching from the stands or as a ball boy, and sit there and imagine it.

"It is a dream, so to finally step on the pitch and play is amazing."

Tyler, had been training with the first team in the weeks leading up to the game.

After turning 12, Tyler permanently moved down to Runcorn to be closer to Everton’s Finch Farm training ground.

Although Amy admitted it was difficult to see Tyler leave home at such a young age, she accepted it was essential for his development.

Amy explained that Sunday’s appearance was due to years of hard work and dedication.

"It is what he has been waiting for years," Amy began.

"I spoke to him after the game and he was so happy, it’s been his dream for so long.

"He works really hard and is so focused.

"He’s not allowed himself to get distracted all the way through and I am so proud that his hard work has paid off."

Alongside Tyler, his under-23s teammate Thierry Small also made his debut for Everton last Sunday.

Tyler highlighted that this added to the special occasion.

He said: "To do it with another young lad – we’ve come through the Academy and went to school together – makes it even more special."

The midfielder has now vowed to build on his first Everton game and hopes training with the first team can aid his development.

Tyler added: “Training with these players is massive, in a short space of time you feel yourself improving a lot, getting sharper, playing quicker, it is more physical.

"All I can do now is work my hardest and hopefully, keep getting opportunities likes this, take them and impress and build trust from the team."