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Henen set to sign permanently this summer

by | 29/05/2015  Comments (26)  jump
Everton are likely to sign striker David Henen on a permanent basis according to his agent.

The 19 year-old has spent the season on loan with the Blues' Under-21s side after signing for Olympiacos on a permanent deal last August.

As part of the arrangement, Everton were given the option of acquiring the Belgian outright this summer and Christophe Henrotay says the signs are good that Henen will stay on Merseyside.

"I have to quickly meet [Roberto] Martinez," the player's agent says in the Liverpool Echo. "But all the signals go in the direction of exercising the option (of a permanent deal).

He really changed beyond all recognition. The reports of Martinez and the U21 coach are very favourable. Both praise his mentality, his involvement and his integration.  

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Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 29/05/2015 at 23:45:00
I expect him to make a few appearances in the first team next season, albeit in the cup. The lad obviously has ability and it sounds like heÂ’s put the graft in from the U21 reports. I think that was the only question mark that hung over him and now heÂ’s shown that he can play for the team as well as playing for himself.

Well done to the lad. I look forward to watching him make his first team start.

Now sign Dembele from Fulham.

Richard Reeves
6 Posted 30/05/2015 at 00:25:01
I hope he does sign. I know heÂ’s got the ability and speed but I have a gut feeling heÂ’s going to have a big impact for us and will be seen as a bargain.
Jamie Sweet
12 Posted 30/05/2015 at 02:46:05
I wonder what would happen if the Feds investigated this deal after sorting out FIFA?

Something has always seemed a little bit dodgy about it to me!

Darryl Ritchie
13 Posted 30/05/2015 at 03:27:20
The transfer market is so complicated these days, that you need a law degree to sort it out sometimes. If and when this happens, it will be a good thing.

Ajay Gopal
15 Posted 30/05/2015 at 05:38:46
Let Mirallas go, and if we get in Lennon along with Henen, we should be well sorted in the wingers department.

I also note that Atletico Madrid are after Â’Everton targetÂ’ Nolito. Not much chance then that he will playing at Goodison Park next season.

Brian Porter
16 Posted 30/05/2015 at 05:51:42
For once, a piece of potentially good news, with no controversy or reasons to gave a go at Martinez. Just see what can happen eh, when you keep your mouth shut, Roberto?
Amit Vithlani
17 Posted 30/05/2015 at 09:10:54
Ajay (#15), I hope we get an experienced wide player. Henen canÂ’t be expected to feature regularly and looking at Martinez handling of Besic, another young foreign newcomer to the EPL, he will be phased in.

I donÂ’t believe we will get Nolito. More likely Lennon and if Mirallas is sold after his clear the air talks someone who will cost less than what Super Kev fetches.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 30/05/2015 at 09:22:52
Sorry to be sceptical here but probably 2 years on our youth team then a move back to Belgium or France having never made the grade.

I know itÂ’s sceptical but we see it too often, Vellios, Gueye, Francisco Junior, Silva, Plessis, too many to mention.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 30/05/2015 at 09:31:32
Jim, the odds would back you up on that but already this lad seems to have made more of an impact at U21 level than most of those players did.

IÂ’m not saying he will make it with us but I think he might have a better career than the majority on your list. He has something about him.

Jim Bennings
20 Posted 30/05/2015 at 09:47:17

IÂ’d love you to be right but supporting Everton makes you very sceptical, doing it in the U-21s is a world apart from doing it in the Premier League.

Ian Jones
21 Posted 30/05/2015 at 09:59:33

Have you seen Henen play at all. I havenÂ’t so would be interested to know what he is like. I understand your scepticism. The list you give is pretty convincing.

Amit Vithlani
22 Posted 30/05/2015 at 10:31:27
Jim, the other common feature of your list is those players cost little or nothing to bring in. It seems to be part of the clubÂ’s plan, to try out inexpensive young foreign players in our youth setup and see if one of them becomes a regular. CanÂ’t think of anyone who has yet made the grade but I suppose, given the low cost, the club feels the punt is worth it.
Jon Withey
23 Posted 30/05/2015 at 11:44:53
Coleman, Stones, Galloway, Garbutt...

Bought young, relatively inexpensively.

If there was 100% chance of it always working then everyone would do it but it is a gamble that the poorer clubs have to make.

Even Arsenal don’t seem to be bothered to take the development / risk approach anymore – recent signings like Ozil and Sanchez would seem to suggest. Buy them ready-made.

Personally, I’m all for it – short of getting a very rich owner, I don’t see much choice.

Ant Dwyer
25 Posted 30/05/2015 at 23:12:12
Need to nail this deal as itÂ’s dragged on for far too long. Henen is supposed to have bags of potential so letÂ’s see if we can nurture it the right way and have a gem on our hands.
Darren Hind
26 Posted 31/05/2015 at 07:02:41

WeÂ’re mining for diamonds here lad.

God knows I’m no Martinez fan – or Moyes for that matter – but given the financial restrictions they have/had to operate within, what choice do they have?

It's easy to say Henen may be the next Vellios or Gueye, because everyone knows that is the most likely scenario... but every now and then one of these lads prove to be the real deal. IÂ’d rather we kept digging, than to just leave the diamonds for other clubs to unearth.

Jim Bennings
27 Posted 31/05/2015 at 07:59:32
Keep digging by all means, Darren, but letÂ’s not forget the state this team is in at present and we need to start shopping for the finished articles as well as rough diamonds.

Martin Mason
28 Posted 31/05/2015 at 09:23:20
This is the difference between the top teams and the teams like us who are fighting for positions below the top level and even down to those in the relegation positions who are operating on similar restricted income.

The top teams in the main buy proven finished articles for a starting price of around 㿊M; we are typically at the 㾶M mark or well below in the hope that these players can achieve an improvement that theyÂ’ve patently been unable to make as theyÂ’ve risen through schoolboy and youth systems. ItÂ’s the brutal reality of modern EPL football, those who have the money to attract top players become top teams.

Tom Bowers
29 Posted 31/05/2015 at 15:31:49
I think Everton have to rely on a Â’Â’Tim CahillÂ’Â’ type of bargain again. Clubs with players who shone last season know they can hold out for the highest bid which we know Everton wonÂ’t be making...

On thing I have to say after the Cup Final showing is that Benteke is no better than Lukaku when he has to play on his own up front .

Hopefully the Henen situation will work out.

Geoffrey Risebrow
30 Posted 31/05/2015 at 17:02:00
If it goes through, let's hope the young man can become a top player for us.
Harold Matthews
31 Posted 31/05/2015 at 18:30:02
Lots to learn about team play but good in the air and can actually go past people.
Martin Mason
32 Posted 31/05/2015 at 20:32:19
The thing now is that, yes, we have increased EPL money – but so does everybody else – and all it does is put up prices and wages as all teams are bidding for the same very average players of the type that clubs like us can afford.

The only hope we have is that, as a club we have been exceptional as developing players but developing a player to become EPL top 4 class is very difficult. So far weÂ’ve only done it once with Rooney who was a massively gifted exception who could be seen to be top class before he entered his teens. The reality was we gave him away to soon for a fast buck that undervalued him by hundreds of percent.

Tim was a brilliant exception who gave us goals from midfield but would a top 4 club have bought him? He was magnificent for us though with those goals that may have meant the difference between being towards the relegation slots and upper table respectability.

WeÂ’d expect >㾻M for Mirallas but surely thereÂ’d be an outcry if we were to pay that for a pretty ordinary player by EPL standards.

Clive Lewis
33 Posted 31/05/2015 at 23:21:32
Please donÂ’t buy Lennon. Mirallis is a much better player. Would prefer Redmond or similar. Link
Ernie Baywood
34 Posted 01/06/2015 at 10:51:42
Martin (#32) Not everyone has EPL money. ShouldnÂ’t we be in the top 20 or 30 destinations in Europe?

There must be someone half-decent who fancies a game for us.

Tony J Williams
35 Posted 01/06/2015 at 12:03:13
Clive, Mirallas may be a better player but if he wants out with his Gold Bentley then thereÂ’s nothing we can do but try and replace him,

Lennon would be an adequate replacement... if he can find his scoring boots

Dave Abrahams
36 Posted 01/06/2015 at 13:13:28
There is not much of a risk with Henen; if he comes he will cost 𧹈k, so if he makes it, great; if not, we might still get our money back on him less wages... whatÂ’s to worry about?

IÂ’d prefer Lennon to Mirallas with or without his goals. Lennon will try his best every game, the other fella will now and again.

Martin Mason
37 Posted 01/06/2015 at 21:21:50
Ernie @34, sorry, I meant that the 15 or so EPL teams below the elite level were looking at the same players. YouÂ’re right, though, that most players will be looking to come to the EPL but perhaps not to our wonderful club. The bastards... :-)

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