Having had spells with Scunthorpe United, Brentford, Cardiff City, and Charlton, the 23-year-old is now on his fifth loan assignment in four injury-disrupted years at Wigan Athletic where he is off to an excellent start with two goals in hjs first three starts.
McAleny joined the Latics at the start of this month after returning to Finch Farm from a difficult spell at the Valley where instability has plagued Charlton all season.
Having made just three senior appearances to his name since 2011 and failed to make the breakthrough into the first team last summer despite some impressive showings in pre-season, many have wondered whether the Whiston-born forward's opportunity at Goodison Park has passed. His manager insists, however, that after seeing his development disrupted by injury, McAleny has a future with the Blues.
"Of course, he has," Martinez said in the Liverpool Echo. "Conor, like any other youngster, needs to go out on loan and experience different dressing rooms, different ways of being managed and different ways of playing.
"[He] had a really difficult experience at Charlton with three different managers so, now, we are looking for some stability going to Wigan."
“They are looking to achieve promotion, something he has not experienced yet, and Conor, after the work he’s done in the last two months, has earned the opportunity to go on another loan and finish the season really, really strongly.
“I’ve got real satisfaction at the way he’s reacted to the situation at Charlton and we’re looking forward to seeing how he does at Wigan, in order to see what is the next step for him in pre-season.”
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1 Posted 22/02/2016 at 18:51:19
2 Posted 22/02/2016 at 18:57:54
At 23 he's not even good enough for a place in the squad. A shame but I see him being moved on in the summer.
3 Posted 22/02/2016 at 19:10:25
The experience will do him good, toughen him up and we'll see. We have a number of players leaving in the summer so a spot may open up for him.
4 Posted 22/02/2016 at 19:23:33
5 Posted 22/02/2016 at 19:32:38
Forgive me, I'm not sure on the names, but did we not bring in an Argentinian... a young lad from the Swiss league... and a young Belgian player.
I cannot see were McAleny will fit in. But again, who knows what might happen if he keeps scoring goals.
7 Posted 22/02/2016 at 19:53:38
Would he have done better than Kone or Mirallas yes.
8 Posted 22/02/2016 at 20:28:47
9 Posted 22/02/2016 at 20:36:34
This Summer will surely see a long overdue overhaul with lots of older players and probably one or two of the jewels heading off. If Conor can excel on his loan and in pre-season then perhaps he can get in or around the first team. Will be a tall order for him but best of luck.
10 Posted 22/02/2016 at 20:53:49
11 Posted 22/02/2016 at 21:16:33
I dunno if he'll make it at Goodison or not but it's good to see that at 23, he applies himself well and seems a down-to-earth lad.
12 Posted 22/02/2016 at 21:35:52
I also agree with David #4. I think he's a victim of being a short man in a modern game that seems to favour a big man playing as a single striker. I know McAleny can play in other positions but I think that might also hinder him because we don't even know what the lad's best position is.
13 Posted 22/02/2016 at 21:46:27
14 Posted 22/02/2016 at 22:09:35
Would be great to see some of the younger players get a chance. It's the only way to find out.
Villa's U21s beat a 'strong' (okay, I know) Villa first team 3-0. I expect the U21s will take up some of the first team places in their game vs us.
15 Posted 22/02/2016 at 22:49:01
He has been at the club since he was 11. He had a brilliant pre-season. So I don't know what a player has to do to at least be in the squad.
I think RM demoralises young players.
Mind you, I suppose if your face doesn't fit under this guy, you're fucked.
16 Posted 22/02/2016 at 22:49:25
17 Posted 22/02/2016 at 22:58:52
And pre-season he was brilliant. So how does Kone get in, in front of him?
18 Posted 22/02/2016 at 23:54:28
Not much value in the market there then - all basket cases after RM's man-management techniques ...
19 Posted 22/02/2016 at 23:56:14
Well we saw what happened with Robles v Howard and I've still no idea how Martinez kept picking Howard.
20 Posted 23/02/2016 at 00:13:22
I would rather see Dowell and McAleny than Osman and Kone.
21 Posted 23/02/2016 at 03:35:44
McAleny has come on a ton in the last few months. Now looks a class above when he plays for the U21s and clubs will want him.
22 Posted 23/02/2016 at 04:21:17
23 Posted 23/02/2016 at 06:30:51
His pre-season warranted first team selection... but failing that I think a loan was a decent move.
However, it's very frustrating... surely we should be getting these talented youngsters on the bench rather than players who are coming to the end of their careers.
24 Posted 23/02/2016 at 06:50:04
I agree we could see more youth this season but Barkley, Deulofeu, Robles, Besic, Lukaku & Stones aren't exactly old.
25 Posted 23/02/2016 at 07:31:39
McAleny was probably our best player pre-season and Martinez rewarded him by completely freezing him out. The same goes with Robles when he came in, did great, only to be dropped.
Every manager's most desired scenario is competition for places. It ensures no First Team player rests on their laurels and gives every other player hope that their hard work and application will pay off, regardless of the name on the back of their shirt.
Why would any manager toss that away?
26 Posted 23/02/2016 at 08:36:36
Lukaku (if he stays)
Tarashaj (the guy we signed from Grasshopper)
Dowell (did you see the goal he scored for the U-18s last week?)
Having said that, this season will probably be the last for Howard, Hibbert, Osman, Pienaar, and Gibson, possibly with Mirallas on his way out? Who knows about Lukaku and Barkley?
Maybe, next season will be when guys like McAleny, Henen, Ledson, Garbutt, Browning, Holgate, Galloway (again) etc get their chance to show what they can do?
For all those abusing Martinez for not playing McAleny, how would the same lot have reacted if the club had come out with an announcement in January like "The Club made a £10.5 million bid for the highest scorer in the Russian League, but having realised that we have McAleny in the books, decided to call off the deal"? You can't have it both ways.
By the way, I rate McAleny very highly, I think he has been unlucky with injuries he can strike the football.
27 Posted 23/02/2016 at 08:51:41
Foolish to move him on as he could still have a future, it's just how he fits into the squad with there being so much competition.
28 Posted 23/02/2016 at 09:52:37
Let's hope he stays fit, and he can still be a useful player for us.
29 Posted 23/02/2016 at 11:32:00
Not all young men grow to their full potential at the same time and the club have been guilty on several occasions of letting personnel go before they mature (Mustafi, Jagielka, McManaman, Baines).
I hope this lad makes it, he could be a Vardy or a Harry Kane.
30 Posted 23/02/2016 at 18:22:08
Therefore, all it would take would be one significant injury for McAleny to get his chance next season.
31 Posted 23/02/2016 at 22:08:59
Garbutt, on loan.
Galloway, dropped as soon as he was NOT the only option.
Oviedo, not a young player and fuck all to do with Martinez.
Stones, fuck all to do with Martinez but my late gran would pick him.
Deulofeu, currently being demoralized.
Lukaku, yes you got that one right. Martinez has stuck his neck out by selecting a £28 million striker.
The notion that Martinez gives youth a chance is an utter fucking myth. Name one player from the youth team that he has given a chance to? One player that he had anything to do with bringing forward?
32 Posted 23/02/2016 at 23:31:31
2011-2012 3 appearances for Scunthorpe before he injured a knee.
2013-2014 4 appearances for Brentford then broke his leg.
2015 Went on loan to Cardiff in February and made 8 appearances.
September 2015 Charlton 6 appearances loan ended.
2016 3 appearances at Wigan reported to be playing well.
33 Posted 23/02/2016 at 23:44:03
Forwards Ã‚â€“ Only 1 forward in the Premier League is in the top ten in minutes played compared to other U-21 forwards in the 5 Euro leagues. (Martial)
Attacking Midfielders Ã‚â€“ Only 1 in the Premier League (Alli)
Defensive Midfielders Ã‚â€“ 0 players, none in the Premier League
Full-Backs Ã‚â€“ 5 in the Premier League (including Galloway)
Centre-Backs Ã‚â€“ 0
Goalies Ã‚â€“ 0
The nature of the Premier League is that players are older when they do finally make it and I would not be surprised if there are actually less home-grown players who graduate to first teams in this league than the other top 4 Euro leagues.
34 Posted 23/02/2016 at 23:44:45
35 Posted 24/02/2016 at 05:28:22
Not by Martinez, he's not. Lennon has clearly been our best player since the first of the year, and he has legitimately beaten Geri out of his spot. If you're suggesting Roberto should leave out the better player just to boost the kid's morale, you're talking rot.
As for Galloway being left out, he was injured around the time Oviedo and Baines were ready to return. Bad break for the lad, but would you put him back in now?
And as for Garbutt being on loan, thank god he is. We've not had to watch his career come apart, just hear about it. He was pulled after 52 minutes against Leeds on Tuesday after his humiliating 34-minute pulloff against Rovers last week and a reportedly adequate 90 minutes on Saturday. Guess somebody is "demoralizing" him too... or just exposing his inadequacies.
36 Posted 24/02/2016 at 15:44:39
Just a whisper but funny how things fall into place...
37 Posted 25/02/2016 at 03:14:15
I'd like to see Galloway go out on loan now. He needs to be playing and to build his experience.
Andy Crooks. What do expect? That RM should change nappies, bottle feed them, and rear them all the way through to the first team? He gave Barkley a chance to make his mistakes and grow on the pitch, same with Deulofeu and Lukaku... and Stones too. He has taken Galloway out of the limelight for now. Perhaps that was harsh or perhaps that was wise but in any case he is not a left back.
Lennon is playing in place of Deulofeu on merit. Same as Robles, Mori and perhaps Oviedo too. I can't remember us ever having a bench as strong as the one we had vs Bournemouth last Saturday. Credit where it's due I think. Of course his treatment this year of Mirallas and our home record is mystifying (makes me angry). My patience has been wearing thin with RM and our young but maturing team have a bit of making up to do. An FA Cup win and not losing another home game will be start.
38 Posted 25/02/2016 at 08:38:42
39 Posted 26/02/2016 at 17:03:36
Difficult for Premier League managers to play the likes of McAleny though, big risk in the League, I suppose games in the Cup matches are possibles, but then again they're probably our only chance of success!
Kone is almost at the end of his career, so if Conor continues to improve and shine on loan, he has a chance to come in.
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