Matthew Pennington joined Hull City on loan in a bid for more playing time after finding himself on the periphery at Everton, but the 25-year-old has struggled for opportunities with the Tigers and now finds his career at a crossroads.
Pennington has made just three appearances for Hull this season, only one of which has come in the Championship, amassing a total of 197 minutes of football. Reece Burke and Jordy de Wijs have been preferred at centre-back while Eric Lichaj has been a regular at right-back.
Pennington was an unused substitute in the 2-1 win over Reading (August 10), and was left out of the matchday in the 1-1 draw with Brentford (August 17), 1-0 defeat to Blackburn (August 20) & 3-1 defeat to Bristol City (August 24).
The defender made his only league appearance in a 1-1 draw with Millwall (August 31) before the international break. Little changes two weeks later, however, with the defender being an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic (September 14) & 3-0 win over Luton Town (September 21).
Pennington was then injured, missing the 2-2 draw with Cardiff City (September 28) before returning in October, but he didn’t come off the bench in the 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday (October 1) or 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town (October 5).
He’s one of many Everton players enduring a nightmare of a loan spell away, so time will tell if he sticks it out for the season or has the move cut short in January.