Matthew Pennington could soon be on his way out of Everton after struggling for playing time since rising through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2016. The 25-year-old has made only nine appearances in all competitions, the last of which came in 2017, and he’s failed to impress while on loan at other clubs.
Due to a lack of first-team football, Pennington has embarked upon temporary stints at Tranmere Rovers (January 1, 2014 – February 24, 2014) (March 27, 2014 – May 31, 2014), Coventry City (November 27, 2014 – May 31, 2015), Walsall (March 24, 2016 – April 22, 2016), Leeds United (July 19, 2017 – May 31, 2018), Ipswich Town (August 31, 2018 – May 31, 2019) and Hull City (August 8, 2019 – present), but he’s still an outcast at Goodison Park.
The 25-year-old’s move to Hull has been a particular disappointment. Pennington has made only six appearances for the Tigers, spending most of the season as an unused substitute. He’s featured three times for City since August 2019 and is currently sidelined with injury.
Everton need another centre-back, but it’s hard to see Pennington being up for consideration upon his return in July. The Englishman has 18 months remaining on his deal, but he’s been surplus to requirements for three years and could be sold this summer.