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Henen happy to sign for Everton

by | 01/06/2015  Comments (20)  jump
Everton's acquisition of David Henen looks close to fruition after the striker informed his agent of this desire to stay with the Blues.

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.


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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 01/06/2015 at 21:58:14
This whole Anderlecht to Everton to Olympiakos back to Everton merry-go-round has made me go up the wall.

Just friggin' sign him – and, for God’s sake, please don’t loan him!!

Brian Williams
2 Posted 01/06/2015 at 22:36:43
I think for once Everton have been very clever with this arrangement. I don't know the full story but letÂ’s say the club played their cards well.
Harold Matthews
3 Posted 01/06/2015 at 23:00:34
DonÂ’t care about the process. Get him signed up.
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 01/06/2015 at 23:49:11
Does seem a strange one in some ways... I think someone posted on an earlier Henen thread that, under the terms of last seasonÂ’s loan, he was not eligible for selection to the first team, even if weÂ’d wanted to play him.
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 02/06/2015 at 00:13:13
Michael it doesnÂ’t seem strange, it seems very, very strange, an explanation may be necessary in the future, but if he turns out to be okay, then all is well.
Colin Williams
6 Posted 02/06/2015 at 03:21:29
Delighted we signed the lad.... The boy has talent and hopefully will be given a chance during the next 12 moths to prove he deserves a squad jersey at least.
Phil Sammon
7 Posted 02/06/2015 at 03:52:59
I agree, Brian. This is the sort of saga that involves Everton being screwed out of money or a player. It appears here that weÂ’ve done a deal whereby we couldnÂ’t lose. IÂ’ll take that!
Brian Porter
8 Posted 02/06/2015 at 05:53:19
After all the Wonder Boy hype that surrounded him before he eventually came here last year, letÂ’s hope things are now settled quickly and that he proves to be worth all the time and trouble, and becomes a useful addition to the first team squad sooner rather than later.

Â’Investment in youthÂ’, and Â’giving youth a chanceÂ’ I think they call it, Mr. Martinez.

Eugene Kearney
9 Posted 02/06/2015 at 06:03:13
Hope he gets a run out in the first team soon.
Allan Barratt
10 Posted 02/06/2015 at 08:18:16
Is he actually any good?? And anywhere near breaking into the first team??
Harold Matthews
11 Posted 02/06/2015 at 08:54:30
Allan. DonÂ’t know too much about his general play but IÂ’ve seen him leap to flick in a couple of Stones-like headers.

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.

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 02/06/2015 at 10:43:42
All sounds pretty promising, Harold, but hey letÂ’s give him time and see what he can do in the Premier League first before all these over-the-top comparisons start. I recall everyone going on about Michael Branch being "the new Ian Rush" and "10 times better than Fowler" .

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 letÂ’s leave all of the superstar superlatives to Roberto for now.

Jim Bennings
13 Posted 02/06/2015 at 11:14:47
The one key factor I always look for in young players is whether they hate losing and have a real hunger and desire for the hard work; if you will, the dirty side of football.

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.

ThatÂ’s something you donÂ’t 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 OsmanÂ’s book, he points this factor out about why Jack Rodwell may have fallen by the wayside; perhaps it didnÂ’t 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 – not the odd fancy bit of footwork... like a Barkley, for example.

Harold Matthews
14 Posted 02/06/2015 at 18:01:30
Very true Jim. Senior players too. You could see it was very much on SherwoodÂ’s mind in the post Cup Final interview. Too many players threw in the towel.

As for Henen. We just donÂ’t know. You donÂ’t have to be local to hate losing. LetÂ’s 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 weÂ’ll just have to wait and see.

Helen Mallon
15 Posted 02/06/2015 at 21:37:57
The problem is this. Most English players coming through are on so much money for sitting in the Under-21s that they donÂ’t give a monkey about fighting for their first team place. Then put that against a foreign youngster and the pittance they get as an Under-1 and the difference Is huge. They fight like their life depended on playing for a bigger contract.

ThatÂ’s why our younger players donÂ’t 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.

Jim Bennings
16 Posted 02/06/2015 at 23:39:22
Agree with that, Helen.

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.

James Marshall
17 Posted 02/06/2015 at 23:53:15
I honestly donÂ’t think anyone can have an informed opinion on Henen - have any of us seen him play? I certainly havenÂ’t, not for 90 minutes and certainly not in the flesh. Until he makes the first team, itÂ’s all conjecture.

Helen & Jim, IÂ’d echo the Barkley comments too, and then some. IÂ’d go so far as to flog him to the highest bidder ASAP.

John Hughes
18 Posted 03/06/2015 at 14:24:41
I agree with Jim (17); letÂ’s wait and see about Henen, but I would give Ross a chance to get over last season.

ItÂ’s 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 Â’66... Sorry, itÂ’s my age; I'm getting carried away, still COYB

Jim Lloyd
19 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:12:53
YouÂ’re right though John! Ross was lost in a lot of games last season; but the season before people were raving over him. I certainly donÂ’t wish to see him sold, as I think weÂ’ll see in the next season or two, whether he can develop more aspects of his game. It may be that it was 4 years since his debut but I canÂ’t remember him having much time in the first team until Roberto gave him his chance.

If Henen does want to stay, then thats a good start. Evidently he has talent and the club seem to think heÂ’s got what it takes. IÂ’d like to see if the lad can make it.

Alan Ross
22 Posted 06/06/2015 at 11:14:48
Just seen a review of his season at Everton on YouTube. Admittedly chosen pieces to flatter but the kid certainly has talent. Extremely quick feet, good at running with the ball and thinks nothing of taking on a defender and beating him hands down. Reminds me a lot of Barkley in more ways than one. The bit missing is his final decision success. Scored some good goals but also created some howlers. He is the sort of player Arsenal usually aquire and turn them into world beaters. Will that happen at Everton? Your guess is as good as mine. He certainly has the potential. A definate must sign in my opinion.

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