Henen, who spent last summer training at Finch Farm, looked certain to become a full-time Everton player last August but a proposed move from Anderlecht stalled and he was snapped up by Greek side Olympiacos before the transfer deadline.
In an unorthodox arrangement, the striker was immediately loaned to Everton Under-21s for the 2014-15 season, with an option in the deal whereby the Toffees could acquire him on a permanent basis if all went well.
A report in the local media last week indicated that Everton were indeed looking to complete the transfer this summer and the player himself tweeted today that he has left the matter with Christophe Henrotay to complete the necessary paperwork as he goes on holiday before pre-season:
I made my intentions [known to] my agent to stay at Everton. Everything will go quickly now. Let me take advantage of my leave now.
Thank you for the support and good holidays to everyone! Enjoy.
j'ai montrer mes intentions a mon agent de rester a everton , tout ira vite maintenant .. laisser moi profiter de les congés maintenant 😎☀️— David Henen (@HenenDavid) June 1, 2015
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1 Posted 01/06/2015 at 21:58:14
Just friggin' sign him Â– and, for GodÂs sake, please donÂt loan him!!
2 Posted 01/06/2015 at 22:36:43
3 Posted 01/06/2015 at 23:00:34
4 Posted 01/06/2015 at 23:49:11
5 Posted 02/06/2015 at 00:13:13
6 Posted 02/06/2015 at 03:21:29
7 Posted 02/06/2015 at 03:52:59
8 Posted 02/06/2015 at 05:53:19
ÂInvestment in youthÂ, and Âgiving youth a chanceÂ I think they call it, Mr. Martinez.
9 Posted 02/06/2015 at 06:03:13
10 Posted 02/06/2015 at 08:18:16
11 Posted 02/06/2015 at 08:54:30
Also, a few weeks ago, I watched a long distance camera shot of a big guy picking up the ball towards the right wing, dribbled and bounced his way past three or four defenders before smashing it into the net. "Holy Smoke", I thought, "Who on earth is that?".
It turned out to be Henen.
12 Posted 02/06/2015 at 10:43:42
The one who you just knew even as a 16-year-old kid just looked simply freakishly out of this world was Wayne Rooney. Strength, great first touch, could smash a ball like a missile and he could dribble past men who were seasoned pros... all at 16/17 years old!!
Henen may develop into a really decent little footballer but letÂs leave all of the superstar superlatives to Roberto for now.
13 Posted 02/06/2015 at 11:14:47
I go back again to Rooney; apart from his physique at 16, the other obvious thing that stood him out from young players nowadays was the sheer hatred of losing even the ball and the "nasty streak" he had in him.
ThatÂs something you donÂt see in enough younger lads now coming through; too often, they're more concerned with their hairstyle or patting themselves on the back for the odd great goal or nutmeg, totally oblivious to the fact that his team has lost.
In OsmanÂs book, he points this factor out about why Jack Rodwell may have fallen by the wayside; perhaps it didnÂt hurt him enough to be on a losing team, so long as the manager gave him a pat on the back with a "well done lad".
For me, it will define how good a young player is by how much fire and hunger to actually be a success he has inside him Â– not the odd fancy bit of footwork... like a Barkley, for example.
14 Posted 02/06/2015 at 18:01:30
As for Henen. We just donÂt know. You donÂt have to be local to hate losing. LetÂs hope he continues to improve and eventually makes the grade. Harry Kane made it after six loan periods because he had the natural hunger and determination you referred to. He was also in the right place at the right time. Not many managers are brave enough to give youngsters chance so weÂll just have to wait and see.
15 Posted 02/06/2015 at 21:37:57
ThatÂs why our younger players donÂt make the big time very often. All our good young players are not English: Hennen, Lukaku, Galloway, Besic, McCarthy, Coleman. Only Ross and Stones have what it takes and the jury is out for me on Ross.
16 Posted 02/06/2015 at 23:39:22
The jury still out regarding Ross for me too, 4 years in August since his debut and 22 years old in December, still young but needs a really impressive season.
17 Posted 02/06/2015 at 23:53:15
Helen & Jim, IÂd echo the Barkley comments too, and then some. IÂd go so far as to flog him to the highest bidder ASAP.
18 Posted 03/06/2015 at 14:24:41
ItÂs always the local boy who gets the stick, I go back to Jimmy Harris and Derek Temple they took some stick but in the end they proved they could their stuff.
In Derek's case, he scored the cup winner in Â66... Sorry, itÂs my age; I'm getting carried away, still COYB
19 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:12:53
If Henen does want to stay, then thats a good start. Evidently he has talent and the club seem to think heÂs got what it takes. IÂd like to see if the lad can make it.
22 Posted 06/06/2015 at 11:14:48
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