Belgian teen finally signsEverton have officially announced the arrival of David Henen as a permanent signing from Olympiakos.
The 19-year-old signed a three-year contract at Finch Farm yesterday, making him a full-time Blues player a year after he was originally expected to sign.
A highly promising product of Anderlecht's youth system, Henen spent a season on loan at Monaco before spending last summer on an extended trial at Finch Farm.
He looked set to join the Blues following protracted negotiations with the Belgian club but ended up signing for the Greeks and then being loaned to Everton's U21s team for 2014-15.
Everton retained first option on buying him outright, however, and both David Unsworth and Roberto Martinez saw enough of Henen's ability last term when he scored six goals before an injury temporarily ended his season to decide to exercise it.
“I am so happy,” the Belgian U19 international told evertonfc.com. “Everton are a big club and I feel I can develop here.
“For a young player it is the best club because they try to develop youngsters. It is perfect for me."
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1 Posted 02/07/2015 at 15:42:31
Might be worth giving the kid the nod in front of Kone so we expose him to first-team football and help aid his development. Hope to see him in the Carling Cup at the very least this season.
2 Posted 02/07/2015 at 15:53:26
3 Posted 02/07/2015 at 15:51:31
4 Posted 02/07/2015 at 16:20:01
5 Posted 02/07/2015 at 16:29:17
6 Posted 02/07/2015 at 16:30:57
8 Posted 02/07/2015 at 17:27:54
9 Posted 02/07/2015 at 18:06:19
10 Posted 02/07/2015 at 18:08:05
11 Posted 02/07/2015 at 18:25:44
We saved money also as itÃ‚d have cost us more to buy him direct I think.
12 Posted 02/07/2015 at 18:28:38
13 Posted 02/07/2015 at 19:46:57
Exciting to see more options especially with Deulofeu rejoining. A couple more key positional signings (first-team ready) and I will be very excited about the new season. I didnÃ‚t see 1984-85 coming but, all of a sudden, everything just jelled and came together. HereÃ‚s to a young crop with potential and the addition of some key experience and some luck. COYB
14 Posted 02/07/2015 at 20:47:21
15 Posted 02/07/2015 at 20:47:35
I remember when we were linked with McGeady and I watched a skills and goals vid about him and thought "Wow, talented player, could be decent," and heÃ‚s been the complete opposite.
16 Posted 02/07/2015 at 20:26:22
18 Posted 02/07/2015 at 22:19:53
One of the most likely to succeed from the U21Ã‚s I think.
19 Posted 02/07/2015 at 23:29:14
Please, RM donÃ‚t ship him out on loan unless he flops, which seems unlikely considering all the work that went into getting him.
20 Posted 02/07/2015 at 23:41:25
21 Posted 03/07/2015 at 00:39:51
Ã‚This board will count him amongst the transfer window acquisitions while they continue to dither over making a meaningful signing that will excite the fans.Ã‚
IÃ‚m no fan of the board... but itÃ‚s 3rd of July and weÃ‚ve signed Deulofeu, Cleverley and Henen. On day three of the transfer window, IÃ‚ll happily take that.
22 Posted 03/07/2015 at 01:18:13
If heÃ‚s that good we need him here, not plying his trade for someone else. WhatÃ‚s the point of signing him just to do what his previous club did? Use him or lose him. Otherwise I just donÃ‚t see the point of taking him on full time. If heÃ‚s good enough, heÃ‚s old enough.
23 Posted 03/07/2015 at 01:28:29
24 Posted 03/07/2015 at 03:40:43
25 Posted 03/07/2015 at 03:49:01
26 Posted 03/07/2015 at 05:23:13
27 Posted 03/07/2015 at 08:05:06
28 Posted 03/07/2015 at 11:29:54
When considering most YouTube videos, I would be inclined to agree. Usually they take the 5 good things from the last 6 seasons and replay them over and over. But this was countless highlights from just one season Ã‚â€“ how many games did he play? Of course itÃ‚s a lower level but itÃ‚s his age group. I was quite impressed. ThereÃ‚s some raw talent to work with.
29 Posted 03/07/2015 at 14:44:13
IÃ‚m happy weÃ‚ve signed Henen, he has potential and throughout this itÃ‚s come across to me that he wants to play for us.
I think it may go quiet for a bit now while the players come back & pre-season training starts, then start up again in August.
31 Posted 03/07/2015 at 18:34:07
Worth a look. I was impressed.
32 Posted 05/07/2015 at 09:50:58
I know us Evertonians resent having our young talent poached and IÃ‚m sure Anderlecht fans feel the same, especially when they leave on such nominal fees. It looks like the whole Olympiakos thing was a way to side-step compensation to the team that developed him as a youngster.
Of course I will be glad if it turns out that we have got a future superstar for loose change, but the whole transfer saga does leave a slightly bad taste in my mouth if it turns out we have done a Dan Gosling on them.
At his age I would have thought that a nominal transfer fee with performance-based incentives would have been a fair deal. IÃ‚m glad to see we are playing hard-ball in the transfer market as we wonÃ‚t get anywhere being the nice guys, but I am concerned if it means we are screwing over smaller clubs in the same manner that we complain about being screwed over by the CL teams!
33 Posted 05/07/2015 at 13:35:03
34 Posted 06/07/2015 at 16:15:47
35 Posted 06/07/2015 at 19:16:10
We all know that we could have made Bilyaletdinov look like a world beater during his time with us if weÃ‚d simply uploaded vids of his goals against Manure, Pompey ,Wolves, etc.
Sadly, that wasnÃ‚t quite true.
36 Posted 06/07/2015 at 19:23:42
37 Posted 07/07/2015 at 06:42:43
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