Dennis Adeniran is set for an uncertain future at Everton with a potential exit on the cards for the youth midfielder, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Adeniran joined the Toffees from Fulham two years ago in a deal that could reach £4million through add-ons (Sky Sports), but is yet to make a first-team outing for the Merseyside outfit (TransferMarkt) and is not seen to be close to a maiden bow under Marco Silva.
London-born Adeniran moved to Goodison Park at the age of 18 and after featuring five times for the Fulham first-team, but has been resigned to outings with Everton’s Under 23s since penning a four-year contract on Merseyside.
The midfielder made 22 appearances in the Premier League 2 last season on route to the U21 title under David Unsworth, and has added a further five outings to his name this season across all competitions while penning his second assist in an 8-2 win over Southampton in August.
Adeniran has been training with Silva’s first-team squad this term, as well, but is not thought to have displayed enough in those sessions to convince the Blues first-team boss that he should be considering his name for any of the Toffees’ senior games.
Instead, the 5 ft 9 youngster’s future at Everton has been cast into doubt, with the Liverpool Echo speculating that his best chances of earning senior minutes may not be at Goodison Park, where fellow youth players Lewis Gibson and Anthony Gordon have likewise reached a crossroads in their careers.
Everton are seen to have a stockpile of young talents desperate for first-team appearances, but have their routes into the senior fold blocked by those already there, while Morgan Feeney, Beni Baningime and Antony Evans are laying claim to minutes in the U23s.
A move away from Goodison Park is not guaranteed for Adeniran as of yet, although what happens with 2020-free agent Gibson amid interest from Newcastle United (Daily Mail) is expected to act as the blueprint for the futures of his current teammates.
Given Adeniran has spent time with Everton’s first-team in training this season, Silva will be well aware of whether he feels the midfielder is ready for senior appearances in his Premier League side or not.
If, as it seems to be, not, Everton should look to secure a loan deal for the 20-year-old to see out the remainder of the campaign in a division where he would be guaranteed a considerable chance of featuring regularly.
Should he then fail to establish himself in a first-team or not display enough to convince the Blues of his potential, they will have to look to sell Adeniran in the summer. But if he impresses, he could return to play a rotational role in the Toffees’ plans next term and feature heavily in the cup competitions.
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