According to the Liverpool Echo, Manasse Mampala is ‘expected to leave’ Everton when his contract expires this summer. The 19-year-old is coming to the end of a one-year deal he signed in 2019 and looks unlikely to be retained for another season as he’s failed to break into the first-team.
Mampala has made 35 appearances for the U18s, scoring 14 goals and making seven assists. He’s made 22 appearances for the U23s but hasn’t been as prolific, scoring only two goals and making just three assists, so it’s easy to see why he’s been unable to make the step-up to the first-team.
The 19-year-old finds himself behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Moise Kean, Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse in the pecking order and won’t be given the chance to prove his worth. Everton could be letting Kean, Tosun and Niasse leave this summer, so why would they retain Mampala?
Carlo Ancelotti is also on the hunt for a new centre-forward, having been linked with Odsonne Edouard, Sardar Azmoun and Emmanuel Dennis among others, so would Everton really promote a reserve-team player ahead of next season?
Mampala has already struggled for form in the U23s, so the first-team would be too much of a step-up.