Everton youngster Matty Foulds has taken to Twitter confirming his upcoming exit from the club.
The talented defender sent a message to his followers expressing his joy at the time he spent with the club and how he was looking forward to a ‘new chapter’ going forward.
Life, I wish everyone at the club all the best and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in the new season💙
— Matty Foulds (@MatthewFoulds98) May 16, 2020
It follows a report from the Liverpool Echo that Foulds, along with fellow under-23 stalwarts Morgan Feeney and Alex Denny would not be offered a new deal to remain at the club this summer.
It brings to an end a promising potential career for Foulds at Everton, with many hopeful he might have the ability to follow in the footsteps of John Stones in thriving at the club after joining from lower-league football.
Foulds joined from Bury in January 2016. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the deal cost Everton £225,000 and the club expected him to be playing first-team football within the next two years.
Speaking to the Everton website, then first-team boss Roberto Martinez explained his excitement at the arrival.
“Matty Foulds has all the attributes to be a very good ball-playing centre-half. We feel very excited about him joining in January.”
But by the time that two-year mark came up Foulds was not in the first-team and unfortunately for the left-sided defender, injuries played their part in preventing his progress. Much like Feeney and Denny, who will be leaving with him, Foulds has had some injury problems and has not quite achieved what many had hoped for.
That said, Foulds is still only 22-years-old and has gathered plenty of experience with David Unsworth’s extremely successful under-23 side. Indeed, those injury problems now look behind him with Foulds playing 22 games for the young Evertonians in 2019-20.
Everton fans will no doubt hope to see him fulfilling Martinez’s promise at his next club.