According to the Liverpool Echo, Alex Denney is ‘set to leave’ Everton this summer. The 20-year-old’s deal is up in the coming months and Everton are allowing his ‘contract’ to ‘run out’.
Denney has been short of first-team football on Merseyside and finds himself behind seven midfielders in the pecking order, so his inevitable departure isn’t a surprise.
The former England U18 international rose through the youth ranks to the fringes of the Everton first-team in 2017 and went on to make one appearance in all competitions – a 90+1-minute substitute outing in the Toffees’ Europa League win over Apollon Limassol (December 7, 2017).
Denney signed a two-year deal at the end of the 2017/18 campaign but hasn’t made the required progress to be handed another extension. He’s failed to make the matchday squad since 2017 and now has Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Fabian Delph, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Tom Davies and Beni Baningime standing in his way of a place in the senior squad.
The 20-year-old has made 34 appearances for Everton’s U18s, scoring two goals and making three assists. He’s also made 28 appearances for the U23s, scoring one goal and making three assists. Unfortunately, the step-up from the reserves has been too big for Denney to bridge.