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Marcel Brands is finally getting rid of a three-year problem at Everton with Matthew Pennington that will now likely leave Goodison Park as a free agent this summer.
Which is the word?
Pennington has spent most of the past four seasons off Merseyside through various loan moves, and secured his latest trade with a mid season offer to join League One in Shrewsbury Town until the end of the 2020/21 period.
Did Pennington deserve more chances at Everton?
Yes, I had the talent
No it wasn’t good enough
Carlo Ancelotti does not anticipate that Pennington will make his way into the Everton first-team image with Michael Keane, Yerry Mina, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite all contending for minutes.
Pennington has joined third tier Shrewsbury as hungry to taste regular action again, having presented as a player of legal age in David Unsworth’s Under 23 this quarter after a limited year with Hull City barely returning 14 championship appearances last season.
The 26-year-old central defender has stood out only nine times for Everton’s first team since his debut with Roberto Martinez in 2015, with his last outing from Senior Toffees in April 2017 before spells with Leeds United, Ipswich Town, the Tigers and now Shrewsbury.
End of the road
It’s been a long journey all the way down the road for Pennington at Goodison Park, but their final destination is almost in sight with Everton currently against presenting a new contract to a player they have considered parting with for years.
The chiefs of Toffees had wanted to sell defender last summer upon his return from Hull, having he could not do so last year despite interest from a number of Championship teams, including Wigan Athletic, after a solid season with Ipswich.
Now the Blues are ready to part ways with Pennington without getting any compensation for a defender who has been on the club’s books. from 11 yearsand end years of struggles trying to find a better home for him.
Pennington was praised by Hull boss Grant McCann during his time at KCOM, even though he only did 16 appearances, who believed that good things would come from the failure of Everton.
“He’s a great professional, he really is. He’s one of the first of every day at a quarter past eight. He’s having breakfast and he’s a great guy,” she said, via quotes from Hull Live. “When it comes out, it gives it everything. He’s a lovely, lovely boy and I hope good things happen to him. “
No good things were found at Everton, and Brands’ only decision now is to allow him to leave as a free agent.
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