The 18 year-old Belgian, who is on loan with the Blues' Under-21s side for the season, discussed his future with L'Avenir in his homeland this week and explained that the standard of the U21s Premier League means that he isn't itching to play first-team football like he was in France when he was on loan at Monaco from Anderlecht.
Asked if he saw himself pushing for a first-team berth, Henen said: "Not in the short term because the Premier League is incomparable to championships such as Belgium or others.
"Very few attackers at 18 play it. Especially at Everton who wants to play a leading role. I am no longer in the same [frame of mind] as Monaco where I really wanted to play fast at first. The under-21 [standard in England] is very high."
Henen looked set to become a permanent acquisition for Roberto Martinez last summer but ended up signing for Olympiakos on a four-year deal and then signing immediately on loan for Everton where he had spent the previous few weeks training.
He is effectively on a season-long trial in David Unsworth's U21s side at the end of which Everton have the option to buy him outright but the striker admitted that he could link up with his parent club earlier than planned if they need him.
"Insofar as I am currently in the UK and I feel good, I see myself more at Everton at the moment," Henen continued. "But if Olympiakos needs me, I'll play for the Greek club."
"[They are] far from being a second-class club. Just see them in the Champions League including the victory against Juventus. The Greek club is a good club in Europe and I am happy to have signed a 4-year contract."
Translated quotes sourced from Here Is The City
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1 Posted 15/01/2015 at 16:27:07
It stinks if you ask me.
2 Posted 15/01/2015 at 17:07:10
3 Posted 15/01/2015 at 17:32:52
Olympiakos bought him then loaned him to us. We develop him and if he impresses, we buy him presumably a lot more than Olympiakos bought him for. We get a prospect and Olympiakos make a profit, win win for both sides.
If not, we send him back and Olympiakos gets him back with a year development in a Premier League side.
4 Posted 15/01/2015 at 17:36:18
5 Posted 15/01/2015 at 17:52:47
Our starting 11 in two years:
Belgian GK (not Minolet!)
Coleman Stones BelgianDEF Garbutt
Mirralas(Belgian) Barkley Belgian WING
Bench: 4 more Belgians, Oviedo, Ledson, Galloway
6 Posted 15/01/2015 at 19:04:39
7 Posted 15/01/2015 at 20:11:32
8 Posted 15/01/2015 at 20:32:53
9 Posted 15/01/2015 at 21:31:19
No worries. As an increasingly hacked off and jaded Evertonian of 48 years IÂm just made up someoneÂs called me ÂladÂ!
10 Posted 16/01/2015 at 09:00:48
Like most of these young players (particularly from abroad) we sign, the vast majority hang around the reserves for a year or longer, if they are extremely lucky like Vellios or Gueye they get a smattering of first team appearances but in the main they just come and go without too much notice.
Remember the Portuguese kid Joao Silva I think his name? Or Anderson da Silva? Francisco Junior? Guilleme Plessis?
Too many to be bothered mentioning.
The one that looks like he escaped us though and I'm regretting is Eric Dier. He seems to be forging himself a bit of a career.
11 Posted 17/01/2015 at 13:02:44
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