Defender Connolly, who had a spell on loan at Fleetwood Town this season, and former Fulham academy midfielder Adeniran, whose temporary spell at Wycombe Wanderers just ended, announced their departures from the club on social media this week.
Connolly, who made one senior appearance as a substitute in the 2015-16 season, may yet stay at Fleetwood for 2021-22.
"My time at Everton has come to an end. This week I was told by the club I wouldn't be getting a new contract," Adeniran wrote. "Since signing from Fulham in 2017 I have felt honoured to represent Everton — a huge club with a great history.
"I will leave this club with very fond memories and great affection for all of the staff, colleagues that I've had the pleasure to train and play with and the fans.
"I hope to one day come back and play at Goodison Park in front of the amazing Everton fans."
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1 Posted 13/05/2021 at 01:14:02
2 Posted 13/05/2021 at 01:39:52
Adeniran I never really saw much of but it sounds like he has a good attitude and good luck to him too.
3 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:38:34
It's all too easy to look back with hindsight and wonder why he was given not one but two successive 3-year contracts in that time. Perhaps his recognition as an England International at U20 and U21 played a part certainly in the second of those contract decisions, made under Marco Silva.
Maybe Kieran sums it up: a young blue born in Liverpool who doesnt quite make it but goes on to have a solid career at the lower levels.
4 Posted 13/05/2021 at 12:23:46
Id rather take a chance on keeping them for a couple of years too long on very low wages hoping that they could develop enough on loan, than signing someone like Cuco Martina who will sit around doing nothing and collecting decent wages.
5 Posted 13/05/2021 at 14:07:00
6 Posted 13/05/2021 at 16:20:27
Adeniran always seemed to have the build and energy at U23s level, but again never showed that extra ingredient that marked him out as a potential first team player.
I see Matty Pennington has been offered a contract by Shrewsbury. Another in the same category, great attitude but we should have moved him on years ago as he never looked like holding down a squad place for us.
Good luck to all three, hopefully they can make their way up the leagues in future years.
7 Posted 13/05/2021 at 16:56:21
8 Posted 13/05/2021 at 22:42:49
9 Posted 13/05/2021 at 23:00:25
Its not just us though - its true of most PL teams. So few players break through you have to wonder why they bother with an Academy / U23 system at all.
Where I live Im surrounded by Chelsea fans. They make the point that until last season (Mason Mount), the last first team regular their system produced was John Terry - who retired several years ago.
10 Posted 14/05/2021 at 14:46:35
I think Chelsea have three or four young players in their squad now who have a good chance of being Premier League regulars: Abraham, James, Hudson-Udoi?
Along with Mount and a young 19-year-old who will definitely be a first-team favourite with the fans: Billy Gilmour, the young Scottish central midfielder.
11 Posted 14/05/2021 at 15:16:34
Correct. James looks like following Mount in establishing himself as a regular. In the last couple of years, they have had more success in graduating players to the first team squad than in the previous 20.
Ironically, they have been assisted in this by their 2019 transfer ban which created a number of opportunities that would normally have been filled by incoming transfers.
12 Posted 14/05/2021 at 15:41:51
Yes, I think the transfer ban helped them to bring those young players through. I wouldn't mind betting that Mr Moshiri wishes Everton had had a transfer ban since he bought the club, he'd have saved a lot of money!
God knows where Everton would be if that had happened though!!
13 Posted 14/05/2021 at 15:55:17
Of course Mr Moshiri could always impose his own ban on incoming transfers!
Over the road, Fenway Sports Group seem to be tightening Mr Klopp's purse strings.
14 Posted 14/05/2021 at 16:01:33
I think, in the near future, Fenway Sports Group will sell Liverpool and make a massive profit on the meagre outlay it cost them to buy the club. Mind you, Satan will want his cut to let them, and he doesn't come cheap.
15 Posted 14/05/2021 at 16:22:19
16 Posted 14/05/2021 at 17:16:05
By comparison, I don't think any of our young lads have had loans at other Premier League clubs, althought Holgate did have a spell with West Brom in the Championship.
17 Posted 15/05/2021 at 19:08:53
In my mind playing footy all week is still the best job you could have, unless you really dont like the game!
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