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:
The season is over , finish with 5 goal 7 assists in 15 games for u23 + ( 3 goals 6 assists in 4 pre-season games ) . It was 3 great years for this wonderful club especially last season when we won the league ? thank you for your support during this years ? pic.twitter.com/8T0iDt5B3E
— David Henen (@HenenDavid) April 22, 2018
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.
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.