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Everton must avoid sending Matthew Pennington back to Leeds United

Everton will want the 23-year-old to play regular football, which looks unlikely at Leeds.

Mathew Nash

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Everton defender Matthew Pennington may have only signed a new deal at the club this summer, but he is still being linked with a move away. The 23-year-old is still unlikely to get regular first-team football at Goodison Park. With that in mind, the likes of Wigan Athletic and Leeds United are said to be keen on the player. According to the Liverpool Echo, the two Championship sides are both keen on the player.

Leeds, of course, had him on loan last season. It was not an ideal spell, with injuries curtailing his development at Elland Road. This season, Everton must not send him to West Yorkshire.

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The reason why is that Pennington is unlikely to be a regular at Leeds. Leeds have started the season with Gaetano Berardi and Liam Cooper at centre-back, with Swedish international Pontus Jansson set to return.

Pennington would likely be a back-up, at least to the latter pair, and at 23-years-old he needs to be playing as a regular.

Everton left-back Antonee Robinson went straight into the Wigan line-up at the weekend and was superb for the newly promoted side.

Pennington would hopefully have a similar impact at the DW Stadium.

It did not work well for Pennington at Leeds last season. So why send him back? Everton should give him a chance elsewhere.

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

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Everton round-up: Brands’ Richarlison admission, Martina to Stoke and Vlasic leaves

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Richarlison premium

Marcel Brands has been speaking about Everton’s transfer business. The Dutchman discussed with the Guardian how he got deals over the line for Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes.

He also had an admission regarding Richarlison. The Everton director of football confirmed that the club had to pay over the price they felt was fair for the Brazilian attacker.

The deal, which has been reported to be as high as £50 million, was difficult due to Watford’s anger at the way Everton pursued Marco Silva last season. Everton therefore had to pay a premium for the forward.

Martina leaving

It appears Everton may have found a club for Cuco Martina. The Curacao full-back was told earlier this month that he was free to leave Everton.

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Now it seems he is off to Stoke City. The versatile defender is apparently close to sealing a loan move to the Potters – according to Stoke-on-Trent Live.

Everton have already sent Welshman Ashley Williams on loan to Stoke this summer.

Vlasic gone

Everton have allowed Nikola Vlasic to leave the club. The Croatian arrived in a £10 million deal from Hajduk Split last season. However, he has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park since the men who brought him in, Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh, were replaced by Marco Silva and Marcel Brands.

The young attacker has joined CSKA Moscow on a season-long loan deal in the Russian capital.

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Four years on from fearless Merseyside debut, Tyias Browning must leave Everton this month

The Everton defender was relegated with Sunderland last season.

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When Tyias Browning made his way into the first-team at Everton there was plenty of hype surrounding the defender. A local lad with international credentials the defender was a hit with fans from the off. Strong, fast and good on the ball he was everything fans want in a defensive talent. His debut went down well as well. He came on for the injured Tony Hibbert at right-back against Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. The fearless youngster took the game to Liverpool and Everton scored an equaliser, thanks to Phil Jagielka’s thunderstrike.

The sky appeared to be the limit for Browning. However, four years on, and it seems he needs to leave Goodison Park.

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In December 2015 he suffered a ruptured ACL and underwent surgery. Browning spent 11 months on the sidelines and, since then, has struggled to get back into Everton’s first-team thoughts.

A loan spell at Preston in 2017 was followed by a season with his former Deepdale boss Simon Grayson at Sunderland last term. That did not go to plan. The Black Cats were relegated and Browning’s season ended in March with a groin strain.


“His pace and power are his obvious massive plus-points and strengths. If you can’t beat him with pace, you can’t outmuscle him either. When you are as big and strong as Tyias, it takes a lot to get past him; an unbelievable amount of skill – or luck!”

– David Unsworth discussing Browning in 2015


Now he is back at Everton, but way down the pecking order. The signing of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma on deadline day set him back. Phil Jagielka, Michael Keane and Mason Holgate are all ahead of him. Even youngsters like Matthew Pennington and Morgan Feeney could protest to be nearer the first-team.

At 24-years-old, it appears the time has come for the hometown boy to cut his ties with Everton. For the good of his career, it is the only choice that makes sense.

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Everton should hand Seamus Coleman the captain’s armband permanently

The Irish right-back is the perfect man to take Everton forward.

Mathew Nash

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This weekend Everton will be without club captain Phil Jagielka for the clash with Southampton in the Premier League. The veteran defender is suspended for three games after picking up a red card against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day of the season.

Which means somebody else will have to lead Everton out for the fixture.

The easy choice is Leighton Baines. The former England full-back is the most experienced player left in the Everton team.

However, Seamus Coleman looks like he might receive the accolade and rightly so.

The Irishman is a natural born leader and the Everton players have the utmost respect for the swashbuckling full-back. Coleman, who spent much of last season on the sidelines with a horrific leg break, is also the captain of his nation, which means he is more than ready to lead out Everton.

This should not be a temporary appointment either. With the arrival of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma, the Toffees are likely to leave Jagielka by the wayside this season.

With Baines also approaching the end of his Everton first-team shelf-life, handing the armband to Coleman makes sense in the long-term.

The perfect man to replace him as captain is undoubtedly Coleman. Marco Silva should give him that honour.

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