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Boris Mathis’ debut Everton season gets worse as Northampton cancel loan deal

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Boris Mathis’ debut Everton season gets worse as Northampton cancel loan deal

The Frenchman has struggled to settle since his move to England.

Northampton Town underwent a revamp last week, sending away many of their loan signings after the sacking of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Hildeberto Pereira and Gboly Ariyibi were both sent packing by the Cobblers this week, returning to Legia Warsaw and Nottingham Forest respectively. Boris Mathis was also sent on his way.

The French striker was returned to Everton from Sixfields after joining the League One strugglers in January. Northampton Town caretaker boss Dean Austin confirmed to Northampton Town’s official website this week that it was his decision to send Mathis back to Everton.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 20: Boris Mathis of Northampton Town moves forward with the ball past Abu Ogogo of Shrewsbury Town during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town at Sixfields on March 20, 2018 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

It is just another bad moment in what has been a poor debut campaign in England for the young Frenchman.

The bullish attacker arrived last July on a two-year deal from FC Metz. After coming through the youth system at Lyon he eventually headed to Metz, where last season he made his professional debut in France.

Such progression caught the eye of Everton, who snapped him up in the summer. But his campaign has been one struggle after another.

 

Prior to his Northampton move, the attacker had not been picked for a single under-23 league game by David Unsworth, with competition in the attacking areas fierce among the Everton youngsters. Two unused substitute appearances in the EFL Trophy were as close as Mathis came to an Everton debut.

The move to Northampton was supposed to help him develop and give him some first-team action.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Northampton Town assistant manager Dean Austin makes a point to 4th Official John Flynn during the Sky Bet League One match between Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town at Memorial Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

But after just five appearances and no goals he has been sent packing in the latest setback in his debut English season.

Northampton will now go for survival with the strikers they already have at the club, including former Everton youngster Chris Long.

As for Mathis, he has one more season on his Everton contract. His sophomore year will have to be vastly superior to his freshman one if he is to have any sort of long-term future at Goodison Park.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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