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David Henen confirms Everton exit after never meeting expectations at Finch Farm

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David Henen confirms Everton exit after never meeting expectations at Finch Farm

The Belgian winger never made a matchday squad for the Everton first-team.

Everton winger David Henen has seemingly confirmed he is on his way out of the club this summer. The Belgian attacker posted this tweet on his official account yesterday after Everton under-23s drew 2-2 with Manchester United in the final Premier League 2 game of the season:

That certainly sounds a lot like a goodbye from the 22-year-old. The attacker is indeed out of contract at Everton this summer and the likelihood of him staying did appear slim. It now seems as though he will be hunting for a new club this summer.

For many Everton fans, his departure will represent a case of a player not quite living up to his promise.

Everton fought with several of Europe’s top clubs to sign Henen back in 2014. The forward, who had just been on loan at Monaco, trained with Everton throughout the summer of 2014. At the last minute, however, he joined Greek side Olympiakos from Anderlecht instead. Almost immediately he was loaned back to Everton for 12 months.

(Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The Liverpool Echo explained the deal, suggesting Roberto Martinez wanted him but had concerns over his attitude and application. Therefore, Olympiakos snapped him up, loaned him to Everton, who included a £500,000 buying option on the player should he prove himself at Finch Farm.

He clearly did, and Everton signed him permanently in July 2015. But all the hassle and fight to sign him did not lead to extended success in the Everton first-team. Henen never played for Everton. In fact, he never even appeared in a matchday squad.

Henen spent most the 2015-16 season at Fleetwood Town on loan and helped Everton win the PL2 title last season but overall, his time at Everton was something of a disappointment.

The good news for the player is that he has just had perhaps his best season for the club. A free transfer this summer, Henen will not be short of options to continue his playing career.

 

Mathew Nash

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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