Striker Boris Mathis faces an uphill task of salvaging his Everton career after yet another disappointing twist.
Mathis has struggled ever since swapping France for England and last night, he disappointed the fans yet again.
The 21-year-old has barely featured for Everton’s under-23 side this season and he is nowhere near a first-team call-up.
But he was handed a lifeline last night. Everton’s first-team were playing a friendly against Gor Mahia, including some youngsters like Nathan Broadhead.
And with Fraser Hornby injured, Mathis suddenly found himself on the bench for the under-23’s EFL Trophy visit to Barnsley.
The young Frenchman was introduced as an 89th minute substitute, presumably in anticipation of a penalty shoot-out looming.
But Mathis missed his penalty to pile on his Merseyside misery. If he had scored, it might have been the catalyst for him to kick on but this surely dents his confidence even further.
Mathis signed a two-year deal with Everton when he completed his summer 2017 move from FC Metz.
All he has to show from his time in England is a loan spell at Northampton Town which did not yield a goal and was cut short, and two disappointing campaigns with Everton’s academy team.
And unless something drastically changes soon, he will surely be released at the end of his contract, if not moved on in the January window.