Everton undecided on new contract offer for academy goalkeeper Nico Hansen
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton chiefs are undecided over offering Nico Hansen a new contract to avoid losing the goalkeeper for free.
Florida-born Hansen is due to be out of contract this June but has struggled to establish himself ahead of Harry Tyrer in the club’s Under 23s pecking order.
While Tyrer has built on his 11 appearances from last term by opening all 14 of his Premier League 2 outings, Hansen has only featured in three fixtures and conceded six times in those junior encounters.
First-team boss Carlo Ancelotti has afforded Hansen opportunities to display his potential in the senior fold during training sessions at Finch Farm this season, but is yet to name the 19-year-old in any of his matchday squads.
Tyrer has also regularly worked under the Italian tactician this term and is expected to be in line for a promotion to his third-choice option next season, should Joao Virginia either act as Jordan Pickford’s primary deputy or secure a loan move away.
Ancelotti electing to promote Tyrer could see Hansen afforded another season in the Blues’ academy ranks to establish himself, but a decision over the former Denmark and United States youth international’s future is yet to be made.
Tyrer has already been listed among Ancelotti’s backup options in five Premier League games and two FA Cup ties during the current campaign, although is yet to make his senior debut after two seasons in the Toffees’ U23s.
Unfortunately for Hansen, the former Weston FC academy prospect has failed to establish himself in Everton’s youth ranks since his arrival in 2017, so it is no surprise that the Goodison Park natives are taking their time over a decision regarding his immediate future.
Tyrer being promoted to Ancelotti’s third-choice goalkeeper may be Hansen’s best hope of securing a new deal on Merseyside, but would have to establish himself firmly as David Unsworth’s undisputed first-choice option next term if he is retained.
Unsworth has previously been full of praise for Hansen, having lauded the teenager for an ‘absolutely terrific’ performance against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 0-0 draw back in August 2019 after overcoming injuries to feature (EvertonFC.com).
But just seven career U23s appearances shows how little progress Hansen has made in the years since, to leave Everton chiefs in a position where they could let him leave for free.
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