Now 24, the Portuguese has been farmed out on a number of loan spells in recent years in a bid to ignite his career but has now accepted a full time role at the Norwegian club where he spent the majority of last year.
Junior, was signed by David Moyes as a free agent in 2012 after his contract expired at Benfica and not long after he had had a spell with Manchester City's academy. He made just one senior appearance for the Blues later that year in the ill-fated League Cup second round tie at Leeds United and has been on loan at Wigan Athletic this term but felt it was time to move on to other familiar pastures to continue his development.
He will remain on Merseyside in the short term while he recuperates from a groin injury but bade Everton fans farewell on Instagram saying he was sad that he wasn't able to break into the first team at Goodison but that it was an honour to represent the club.
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1 Posted 20/02/2016 at 22:39:41
2 Posted 20/02/2016 at 23:57:13
He tried to do the same to Barkley and was great seeing him squirm on national TV as the rest of the panel sung the praises of England's number 10 tonight. No thanks to you Davey!
Good luck, Cisco!
3 Posted 21/02/2016 at 02:03:18
6 Posted 21/02/2016 at 08:52:53
What a load of crap mate!
He didn't flop because he was thrown away to the mighty Leeds United, Christ if he was anywhere near decent he should have been the star of the show against a run-of-the-mill Championship team, to blame Moyes is childish.
Like Vellios, Gueye, Anderson Da Silva, and various others, he just wasn't good enough!
7 Posted 21/02/2016 at 09:15:42
Peter Degn was another one, I remember him coming on at United and I thought we've got a player here. But, the second time he got the ball, he miscontrolled it and got outrun by the ball boy.
God we've seen some shite down the years.
8 Posted 21/02/2016 at 09:15:49
He's still in work though, good luck to him.
9 Posted 21/02/2016 at 09:48:55
Junior wasn't even the worst of them that night and during that season was certainly preferable to Phil Neville in that position!
10 Posted 21/02/2016 at 10:00:57
11 Posted 21/02/2016 at 10:17:43
12 Posted 21/02/2016 at 10:29:19
Gueye was a woeful player and the fact he got so many opportunities is mistifying.
I can only imagine he was a Moyes man who worked hard in training and said Yes whenever Moyes asked him to do something.
Junior didn't get a fantastic debut at Leeds in how the team was set up but he lasted 45 minutes and was never seen again... end of story.
13 Posted 21/02/2016 at 11:00:47
Well just an opinion but my feeling is anyone known as 'Junior' should have to change their name to 'Senior' on their 18th birthday.
A little disconcerting to be told 'Oh look, here comes Junior!' only to see a 53-year-old, 6'-2", 17-stone, hairy Portuguese feller in a vest.
By the way, I was tempted to say 'Well at least at Stromsgodset, he won't be able to come back and haunt us', but then no sooner had that thought occurred, than I got a mental picture of RM waffling after a Junior winner against us in a Europa qualifying round 5 years from now.
RM (doing his Scientology face) "We are disappointed because we lose the game, of course we are, but there were many many good things to see from us. I felt we kept our shape incredibly well and had a very high intensity in the game. And it is a phenom.. er.. wonderful feeling to see the new players starting to gel, particularly Wayne Rooney who gives us that experience that excites all Evert-on-eeons. If we can bring in two more good players who..." [continues until interviewer starts to cry...]
14 Posted 21/02/2016 at 11:22:01
15 Posted 21/02/2016 at 13:14:46
16 Posted 21/02/2016 at 16:09:47
17 Posted 21/02/2016 at 21:10:54
18 Posted 22/02/2016 at 01:43:05
19 Posted 22/02/2016 at 11:00:25
20 Posted 23/02/2016 at 09:23:15
Eric Dier is English. Born in Cheltenham to English parents who moved for 6 years to Portugal. But I take your point!
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