Pennington could get another loan chance

Tuesday 10 January 2017  8 Comments  [Jump to last]
Matthew Pennington may be sent out on loan in order to get back into competitive action following a long injury lay-off.

The young centre half tore his hamstring during pre-season a few months ago but returned to the Under-23s side over the weekend as they beat Sunderland.

U23s boss David Unsworth has said that the club will assess his progress over the course of January before deciding at the end of the month whether a temporary move elsewhere would benefit him.

“We've got to tread very carefully with him,” Unsworth told the club's official website. “We've spoken about a loan but it's something we are going to have to discuss right at the death in the transfer window. Because he's had such a horrendous injury, we have to treat him with kid gloves at the moment in terms of minutes.

“We just have to go softly-softly with him for the next three or four weeks. If it means he doesn't go out on loan, he'll certainly be ready in a couple of months for hopefully our first team.

“I'm hoping that he can show the manager and first-team staff what he's all about.”  

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 10/01/2017 at 20:53:31
Outstanding news. Brilliant young player from the glimpses we've seen... delighted he's finally almost ready to return.
Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 10/01/2017 at 21:07:17
He's a good genuine lad who gives his all every minute he is on the pitch and he loves Everton, hope he proves his fitness quickly and gets on with his career.

Good luck lad, you deserve some.

Tony Hill
3 Posted 10/01/2017 at 21:30:57
Yes, thought he looked very promising before his injury. Best of luck, son.
Anthony Dwyer
4 Posted 10/01/2017 at 21:44:25
Pennington, Holgate, Browning, Kenny, Connolly all good prospects coming through the ranks, we need to keep there hopes alive by finding game time for them now, either with us or at a competitive level elsewhere.

We don't need to buy players like Jose Fonte as it kills there hopes.

Jagielka will move on or out soon, Williams will only have another year or two, Funes Mori should be considered as the main man and if we don't sign anyone else it gives these lads hope.

If they aren't good enough we have to look for someone ages 20-27, not in there 30s.

Good luck to Pennington, good to see he's back from injury.

Charlie Lloyd
5 Posted 11/01/2017 at 00:17:30
From what I've seen he reminds me of a younger Jagielka. Maybe not quite the turn of pace as Jags in his prime, distribution can be a bit dodgy at times but a proper defender who puts himself about and on the line who you think hates being beaten.

Glad he's returned from injury and I'll be interested to see how he progresses this season either with us or on a decent loan to, hopefully, the Championship.

I agree Anthony that if we did bring Fonte in that wouldn't give lads like this much enthusiasm for stepping up.

Victor Jones
6 Posted 11/01/2017 at 01:45:01
Pennington looked good in his few cameo appearances under Martinez. As, IMO, did Browning. I thought they did OK. They looked promising. They did not let the side down.Unlike our captain and 50 million pound man who frequently let the team down. Sloppy penalties, sloppy back passes, sloppy tackles, sloppy defending... none of which was attributed to Pennington or Browning.

I just hope that they get a proper chance. I think that they will be OK.

And it's a no to Fonte from me. Is he really better than what we already have?

Liam Reilly
7 Posted 11/01/2017 at 07:44:46
Its a trade off for this lad between gaining experience on loan or leave Unsworth to manage his injury for the remainder of the season.

From the length of his absence it looks like a tier 3 hammy, so I'd be amazed if he's loaned out.

Dave Abrahams
8 Posted 11/01/2017 at 11:53:11
Charlie (5) a very good description of the lad.

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