Pennington makes Ipswich move

Friday, 31 August, 2018 44comments  |  Jump to last
Matthew Pennington will spend the 2018-19 season on loan at Ipswich Town.

The defender recently signed a new three-year contract with Everton but, after spending last season with Leeds United, he has gone out on loan again, this time to Portman Road.


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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 31/08/2018 at 20:47:17
I think he's a good player, but Championship looks his level. He's 23 now, so he's not young, he's close to what will be his peak. He needs to play week in, week out now.

I hope he does well and gets a permanent move. It was madness to extend his contract in May by three more years, when the new management team had yet to come in and assess him.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 31/08/2018 at 20:49:01
Hope the lad does okay as a Tractor Boy. I have never really rated him in what I have seen; maybe the Championship is his level.
Ed Prytherch
3 Posted 31/08/2018 at 20:53:12
Who will be on the bench to cover for center back tomorrow? Can Digne play in the middle? Browning and Feeney are playing today for Unsy so they must not be in consideration for tomorrow.
Gavin Johnson
4 Posted 31/08/2018 at 20:53:12

I think staying fit will be the key for Pennington this season. He's suffered much like Browning in picking up injuries on his loan spells. By all accounts the Leeds fans loved him until he got injured, and then he was in and out of the team and sometimes playing at fullback on his return.

I think you're right though. Championship does seem like his level. I hope he does well enough that he gets a permanent move and we pick up a fee.

Steve Ferns
5 Posted 31/08/2018 at 20:56:57
Ed, don't worry. Marcel has had a word with Stoke and they are happy to cancel Ashley Williams's loan and let him come back early. Is that okay with you?
Ed Prytherch
6 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:00:53
We might be better with Kenny in there than Williams.
Steve Ferns
7 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:01:29
Ed, I'd rather see Bernard play centre-back than Williams!
Gordon White
8 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:04:35
Good luck to him. Always been a professional.
Ed Prytherch
9 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:11:41
Bernard is injured. Lookman?
Steve Ferns
10 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:15:47
Sure, anyone but Williams!
Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:31:15
I hope Mathew does well at Ipswich and does enough to impress them and sign him permanently, we will get a decent fee for him, that's why he was given a three contract, we will get upwards of £3m for him.
Harry Hockley
12 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:37:56
I never liked him to be honest, he didn't do anything in all the time I have seen him but make mistakes and hoof it up the field with no conviction.

I don't care if he is only 23, he will never be a top player end of, lacks natural ability. The Championship will be a good move for him seeing as his not up to the job here.

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:38:20
Dave, do you really think Ipswich would want to part with £3m for Pennington?
Jon Withey
14 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:51:58
Always a bit weird when our youngsters get to this stage and haven't troubled the first team.

Hope it works out for him.

Do we still have Galloway and Browning around?

Dave Abrahams
15 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:56:55
Steve (13), yes why not, there have been players I have never heard of been transferred this summer window double that price. I don't know how flush Ipswich are but, if Pennington has a good season with them and stays fit, there is no reason why he couldn't fetch that price.

I don't know Matthew's career record but he has been around with Coventry, Leeds and Tranmere? And while agreeing with you he might never be a regular in the Premier League, he will make a fist of it in the Championship.

Andy Meighan
16 Posted 31/08/2018 at 21:58:33
I've got to agree with everything Harry (#12) said... Awful player. And I've seen better Sunday League players. Very very lucky ever to have played the game at that level — and then came the madness of giving him a 3-year contract!!! I'd love to know who's idiotic decision that was...

I can never forgive Koeman for throwing him in the cauldron of an Anfield derby after he hadn't played for 13 months or so... Madness! And before anyone says "Well at least he equalised" — I don't care; he was shit. Won't be missed.

Steve Ferns
17 Posted 31/08/2018 at 22:04:33
I think he's a good player as well, Dave. Just not our level and at 23 he needs to play every week now. I hope you're right about the fee.
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 31/08/2018 at 22:08:28
Steve (#17), by the way, I forgot to mention when Matthew joined Leeds on loan, it was quoted as being £500,000 for the loan fee; Leeds paid it, before you ask!!!
John Williams
19 Posted 31/08/2018 at 22:12:07
I hope Pennington does well at Ipswich. From what I read in the press, he is a popular and well liked at Finch Farm, and rated by Unsworth.

He is not the typical footballer, intelligent and articulate with an impressive academic record at school, good enough for a career in medicine like his sister who is at medical school. If you believe the press he wanted to go back to Leeds, but they have a new manager this season. Luck plays such a part in a football career and, like Tyias Browning, he has had injuries at just the wrong time.

He hasn't done too badly in his few first team Everton appearances and coped reasonably, and scored, when thrown into the derby match. I have just watched the Leeds v Middlesbrough match on TV, very enjoyable but very physical, and I think this aspect of the game is where Pennington needs to improve but good luck to the lad.

Steve Ferns
20 Posted 31/08/2018 at 22:18:30
Nice one
Bill Watson
21 Posted 31/08/2018 at 22:20:11
Steve; if Williams was recalled, it would have to be with a contract extension and a pay increase!!!
John Williams
22 Posted 31/08/2018 at 22:36:01
Whilst hopefully this loan move will help Pennington's career it also benefits the development of younger players.

For me, the great news tonight is that Morgan Feeney played for Unsworth's team at Blackburn after his surgery in the Summer. I believe that Feeney and the even younger Lewis Gibson have a great chance of making it.

Realistically, Browning and Galloway also needed to be moved on this Summer.

Shane Corcoran
23 Posted 31/08/2018 at 23:24:48
Remind me, have Galloway and Browning left the club in this window?
Don Alexander
24 Posted 01/09/2018 at 00:19:28
From what's on t'net we now have a squad of 28, four of whom are goalies. To me that means that M&M have given real hope to all of the outfield players that by virtue of applying themselves to what the manager wants they may win a place in the starting eleven. It also means that a more manageable number of players should make it easier for the manager/coaches to get their clear, successful message across, which'll make a nice change.

I still think doing any better than eighth will be a real achievement this season and coming sixth or better will be outstanding, even though I think playing in the Europa League is anathema to a club of our capacity at the moment.

Kevin Gillen
25 Posted 01/09/2018 at 00:27:47
This lad could still turn out to be a top player. At Coventry they loved him, he is quick, strong and has time on the ball. I can see why they want him out on loan and why they have offered him a 3-year contract extension. He'll do really well for Paul Hurst at Ipswich I'm sure.
Simon Smith
26 Posted 01/09/2018 at 00:57:43
This is a good move for all parties. We need to see how it goes and maybe cash in during the January window.

Tommy Carter
27 Posted 01/09/2018 at 01:01:59
It’s been plainly clear to me at least that this guy is not a Premier League level footballer.

I’ve felt this way for 2 years. Why he was offered a new contract was beyond me. Financially, brilliant for him and I don’t begrudge him a pay day as he seems a decent lad who gives his all.

He should’ve been released, though. Clearly he’s not going to have a future with our club, so wish him well and off he goes to try and make a career for himself as he will probably be finished in 10 years regardless of what level he ends up at.

Thanks for the effort and the derby goal, which he will always remember.

Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 01/09/2018 at 01:12:13
John #19, great post.

I wish him the best. I too doubt he's a Premier League player, but I'm not 100% certain yet... he does have tremendous pace. Were he to beef up and increase his physical assertiveness, he might have a future with us yet.

Jamie Crowley
29 Posted 01/09/2018 at 02:29:40
I second Mike Gaynes - great post John #19.

Good luck to the kid.

Ya know, just because these young men don't make the grade at one of the most prestigious, successful clubs in soccer history doesn't mean they are shite players.

And Pennington, by all accounts, is a good kid.

Wish him luck.

Victor Yu
30 Posted 01/09/2018 at 03:03:26
Sell him. Not good enough.
David Ellis
31 Posted 01/09/2018 at 03:21:14
Got 3 A's at A level. Not your average soccer player. Hope he does well. I think we have enough central defenders in the squad (5) but okay three are currently injured. Browning can cover that short-term gap. This move for Pennington is a longer-term play ( he makes it or we sell him in the summer).

Browning is in the last year of his contract and I'm sure we'll release him then. Surprised he wasn't loaned out again — there was talk of him going back to Sunderland (now League One).

David Barks
32 Posted 01/09/2018 at 03:58:58
Can we sell Victor instead?
Gary Russell
33 Posted 01/09/2018 at 04:49:56
Depends how big he is, David. He might not fit on Poundland's shelves...
David Ellis
34 Posted 01/09/2018 at 05:49:41
It takes ToffeeWebbers even longer to reach their peak. I think Victor could still make it.
Amit Vithlani
35 Posted 01/09/2018 at 06:43:40
"Can we sell Victor instead?"

Only with a strict no-refunds policy attached.

Victor Yu
36 Posted 01/09/2018 at 06:50:02
Browning is eligible to play for China. He won't count as a foreign player in the Chinese league. Any above average local players in China can be sold for millions.

Is there any chance we can sell Browning to China for $10M (that's the ongoing rate for any decent local Chinese players)?

Tony Cheek
37 Posted 01/09/2018 at 10:31:41
Remember when Koeman surprised everyone by putting Pennington in against the RS? Although thrown in the deep end, he showed a lot of attitude and even scored a goal. Best of luck, Matthew, at Ipswich!
Ajay Gopal
38 Posted 01/09/2018 at 10:42:28
23 is a young age for a centre-back, they usually mature much later and play until their mid-30s (Stubbs, Weir, Jags, Distin).

To those who say he is Championship level and not good enough for Everton, I say “Shane Duffy”. You never know how players turn out.

Tommy Carter
39 Posted 01/09/2018 at 11:50:07
@37 Tony

I remember his goal, which was a great memory for him but he got absolutely anhialated for much of the game. Particularly for the Coutinho goal.

Peter Lee
40 Posted 01/09/2018 at 12:09:27
Agreed Ajay. A good lad, Evertonian, and scorer of a goal in a Derby. We'll not see him again but if he gets a career out of it as Duffy has then good luck to him.
Fran Mitchell
41 Posted 01/09/2018 at 13:39:11
Also think he is a decent player. A bit slow for a top level defender, but would do well at a team that plays a deeper line. Backs-to-the-wall type.

In 2 or 3 years, he could well be playing in the Premier League with a bottom-half to mid-table team.

Harry Hockley
42 Posted 01/09/2018 at 13:42:01
Kevin, I respect your opinion but I did giggle sorry, Coventry loved him so could be a top player? Coventry! No wonder he has "time on the ball" ;) lol.
James Power
43 Posted 02/09/2018 at 20:37:20
Not the best photo of the lad is it? Looks alike he’s just woken up from an operation or had a bit too much of something special.
Peter Gorman
44 Posted 05/09/2018 at 17:35:52
How can he be close to his peak at 23?!

Good to see Victor doesn't discriminate with his disdain.

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