Everton U23s boss David Unsworth has backed Antony Evans to leave Goodison Park on loan in January, but expects Dennis Adeniran to remain with Marco Silva’s first-team, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Evans joined Blackpool on a half-season deal on Deadline Day in January, and has begun the latest Premier League 2 campaign imposingly since returning to Merseyside at the end of his spell with the Seasiders.
Evans is one of Everton’s longest-serving players, having joined the Toffees at the age of nine following a trial with Liverpool (Football-Wonderkids) and penning his first professional deal with the Blues in October 2015.
The 21-year-old is yet to make his senior Everton debut (TransferMarkt), however, and failed to secure a temporary or permanent move in the summer despite Unsworth expecting the youngster to find a new home in some form.
Having Evans to hand has been of benefit to Unsworth as he aims to defend the Premier League 2 crown, though, as the Liverpool-born attacking midfielder has struck three goals and penned one assist in seven PL2 games this term (Flash Score), including finding the net with a direct free-kick against Manchester City last Friday.
How much longer the former England U19 international continues in Everton’s academy remains to be seen, as Unsworth has once again reiterated that he expects the midfielder to move on when the window opens.
“I still think [a move] will materialise, I just think it will be in January because he’s producing levels of performance and he’s scoring goals now,” Unsworth said. “It gets his name on the sheet, his profile raised and I think, I’ve no doubt, that he’ll get a move.”
Unsworth does not anticipate Adeniran leaving in the winter, though, as the 20-year-old has been training with Silva and the first-team recently.
“There’s a potential of Dennis [leaving],” he added. “I’m not too sure, he trains with the first-team every day which is great for him and he’s getting his games with us.
“[A loan] might be a possibility, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he stayed until the end of the season with the first-team, so who knows?”
Evans could certainly do with another stint away from Goodison Park – at least on loan – as he looks to further his career, as his time with Blackpool was far from the best it could have been.
The Toffees product also only started nine of his 16 possible third-tier appearances, and now faces an uncertain future with his contract at Goodison Park up in the summer of 2020.
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