David Henen was desperate to leave Everton's U23s

Thursday 14 September 2017  11 Comments  [Jump to last]

David Henen has been desperate to leave Everton's Under-23s in order to get regular first-team football. But Everton were having none of it and would not let him go.

Already admitting last year that he'd rejected a five-year deal offer from the Toffees as he wanted to play first-team football regularly, the Belgian starlet looked like one of the guaranteed departures this summer, but that never materialised.

Speaking to La Meuse in Belgium, the 21-year-old has revealed the reasons behind his extended stay at Goodison Park, and it wasn't up to him.

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Tim Greeley
1 Posted 14/09/2017 at 15:46:53
Belgians BE talkin'!

Oh well, I can't blame him here, he is 21, he's been with Everton a few years and hasn't sniffed the first team while Calvert-Lewin, Lookman and now Vlasic have been inserted right above him. Don't understand why a loan couldn't be worked out. Playing in front of 400 people for the U23s seems like a waste.

Orrrr.... maybe he deserves a shot, scored last match! Henen and Niasse to save the season :O

Mark Riding
2 Posted 14/09/2017 at 15:49:49
Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 14/09/2017 at 16:26:49
Offer him on loan to Anderlecht for the second half of the season to replace Onyekuru. This is what cost us Dier and Mustafi, lack of opportunity.
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 14/09/2017 at 16:39:00
He must have improved dramatically if Everton want him to stay. Never been impressed by him, he blows hot and cold, mostly cold.

However one thing these Belgians can do very well is talk, Lukaku, Mirallas and now Henen, he says Everton have said they don't want to let him go only to have to pay £20M for him in the future. Not only can they talk, they all have massive egos as well.

John Dean
6 Posted 14/09/2017 at 16:51:02
I've seen him play for the U23s quite a few times over the last 3 years and he's failed to shine even though our strike force he competed with wasn't able to provide any standout performer. The last game against Spur's was the only time I've thought he's lived up to his early description as a talent as he seemed to have added strength and composure on the ball to his speed.

He didn't do much at Fleetwood when on a short loan and wasn't a regular starter. I was surprised some decent teams on the continent were interested in signing him close season. Perhaps he is seen as available at a good price. Or maybe I'm too busy watching my favourites to see his talents.

Dick Fearon
7 Posted 15/09/2017 at 01:51:40
If Niasse is better than our other strikers we are definitely up the creek. If he is worse than them we even further up it.
Brendan Woods
8 Posted 15/09/2017 at 05:03:20
Dave (6) - It goes back even further, Fellaini was whinging about EFC long before any of the others had shown up! I think most of them, if not all, have had Christophe Henrotay as their agent when they initially came to the club - whether it's his doing I'm not sure but it does seem like it's getting beyond a coincidence that it happens with every one of his players
Lenny Kingman
9 Posted 15/09/2017 at 21:47:13
The Belgian no-mark should be grateful to even be associated with our great club. Turning down a 5-year contract, ha. Send the conceited big head out on the mean streets and ask young blue supporters what lengths they would go to, to play just one game for the club at any level.

Anyways, the only worthwhile contribution to the world made by Belgium comes in liquid form. The Black Horse back in the 80s did a superb pre-match pint of real, creamy, imported Stella Artois. Not to be compared with that pale, English brewed, overly fizzy pop dished up in its name these days.

Steve Pugh
10 Posted 15/09/2017 at 21:55:32
You are all aware that the lad has come out and said that it's all rubbish and he spoke to Ron and said he wanted to stay.

Don't believe everything you read.

Bill Gienapp
11 Posted 15/09/2017 at 23:27:17
Is Henen any good? He's been around a couple seasons now and I've never heard so much as a whisper about him potentially breaking into the first team.
Geoff Harrison
12 Posted 16/09/2017 at 20:31:29
Henen is a much improved player this season. Normally I'd suggest he was still a little shy of deserving a first team call-up. In the circumstances he should be playing every week.

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