Everton fans this week will have been disappointed to hear comments from one of their more talented youngsters. Callum Connolly was speaking to Green’Un 24 when he admitted he could join Ipswich Town permanently in the summer, whilst also criticising Everton for a lack of support during his loan spell:
“I’ve had contact with Everton, but not as much as I expected. I think they’ve just let me get on with my football.
“There hasn’t been as much support as I’ve wanted to be honest, but obviously it’s a man’s game and I’m learning the game on my own.”
Connolly is currently at Portman Road until the end of the season and has impressed in the Championship. The 20-year-old has played 26 times for the Tractor Boys and has even chipped in with three goals.
A versatile player, Connolly made his Everton first-team debut as a right-back, but is also comfortable playing in centre-midfield or as a wing-back. Last season he impressed on a similar loan spell at Wigan Athletic. In the summer, he followed up his spell at Wigan by helping England win the under-20 World Cup.
So Connolly is a player with plenty of potential to be a future Everton first-teamer and it is shameful he is not being nurtured correctly. Everton cannot afford to lose such a talent and it is worrying considering other Everton talents currently out on loan.
The likes of Kieran Dowell at Nottingham Forest, Antonee Robinson at Bolton Wanderers and Joe Williams at Barnsley are just three examples of top young Everton talents currently developing elsewhere.
Everton have a rich history of bringing through top young talent. Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and at present Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny are all good examples.
But hearing the feelings of abandonment that Connolly has felt since the departure of Joe Royle from his role as Everton development director in December is a concern.
Everton must treat their excellent young talents with care as they could all become future stars at Goodison Park.
Hopefully Connolly remains at Everton and begins to get the support he needs. The other hope will be not all the Everton talent feels similarly to the Ipswich loanee.
Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.
Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.
The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.
However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.
Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.
Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.
According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.
Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.
The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.
However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.
Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.
Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?
The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.
Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.
The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.
While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.
Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.
He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.
Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.
Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.
Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him
The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.
When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.
Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.
Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.
This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.
At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.
He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.
Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.
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