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Despite Ipswich struggles, Matthew Pennington is clinging on to Everton future

Everton have a host of players out on loan at present, all with varying degrees of success. One man who is on that list is Matthew Pennington.

Last season he spent an injury-ravaged spell at Leeds United which seemed to set the defender back. This summer, with the likes of Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina both arriving, it was clear Everton had no plans of giving Pennington first-team football.

Therefore, at the end of August, he joined Ipswich Town on loan for the season.

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So how has he been getting on?

It is a tough one to call. Many an Ipswich fan would probably suggest that Pennington has been their best player in recent weeks. Everton fans would believe it. Despite not having many opportunities at Everton recently they know of his definite talent. He even managed to score against Liverpool in a Merseyside derby back in April 2017.

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However, Ipswich are rooted to the bottom of the Championship. For all Pennington’s good displays, it has not helped the club turn their fortunes around. Going into the New Year, it appears that Ipswich are doomed to relegation.

Everton must have a long-term plan for Pennington, after tying him down to a contract until 2021 in the summer.

So his individual performances will give Everton hope there is still a potential first-team player in the making out at Portman Road.

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