McAleny joins Charlton on loan

14/09/2015  22 Comments  [Jump to last]
Conor McAleny is heading back to the Capital on loan after Everton announced that the forward has signed for Charlton Athletic on a two-month term.

After spending the second half of last season on loan with Cardiff City where he scored two goals in eight appearances, the 23-year-old featured for Everton's senior side in pre-season as Roberto Martinez assessed his options but he remains outside the first-team picture.

McAleny's two-month spell would end on 7th November if no subsequent plans are made to keep him at The Valley on a longer-term basis.  

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Chris James
1 Posted 14/09/2015 at 16:58:41
Glad he's getting games, but am somewhat surprised he hasn't been given a proper chance by Martinez in first team.

In pre-season he looked our most dangerous attacker, so far that's equated to zero minutes the Premier League.
William Cartwright
2 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:09:25
Let's wish him well and a speedy return. Presuming Roberto knows what he's doing, hard to understand what more McAleny could do in the pre-season, but I do hope he's part of the bigger Goodison picture.

I always find it more satisfying when a home grown player makes it ahead of a bought in option. Just me, I suppose...

Dave Southword
5 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:13:25
I hope he makes it with us, but not totally convinced he is the sort of talent that can hold down a first team place with a top 6 side, which is what we need.

Could say the same about Naismith though. Conor could be very handy as a super sub, but is it fair to him to give him 5-8 games a season at his age when he could hold down a regular spot in a Championship side?

Brian Porter
6 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:15:49
Surprised at this move. Really thought he'd be on the fringes of the first team this season. Hope Martinez knows what he's doing, especially after all his talk of bringing youth through to the first team.
Dave Pritchard
7 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:24:10
Seems to be a recurring theme. Plays in pre-season a bit then never features in the first team once the season is underway. You would think that at the end of this season we need to decide whether to make him a regular first team squad player or get rid.
Gavin Johnson
9 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:32:59
Welcome news and hardly surprising given Kone is playing well and Naismith and Mirallas haven't been getting games. He isn't an out-and-out striker either, so the wing could be an option but would he get game time ahead of Deulofou and Lennon?!

The best he's going to get with us, is game time in the Capital Cup and I get the feeling we'll be putting out our strongest side with the view of giving us the best chance of winning it.

I hope he plays well in the Championship and he gets an eventual move to a club like Charlton.

Harold Matthews
10 Posted 14/09/2015 at 17:51:52
Leandro's competitive experience has pushed McAleny further down the ladder and a loan to a good club like Charlton is probably the best we can do for him right now. Hopefully he will get games and draw attention to his talents.
Ajay Gopal
11 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:11:31
I hope he stays healthy - I think he has something in his locker, just needs to unlock it more often!
Ian Jones
12 Posted 14/09/2015 at 18:20:14
Would like to see him get a chance at Everton but at his age and stage of his career, assume he just wants to play. So good luck at Charlton.

Just adding that Chris Long hasn't played in the league yet for Burnley. Sean Dyche is managing his introduction to the match day squad.

Victor Jones
13 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:36:14
McAleny is on his way out. Sorry, but if he was good enough, he would have made the breakthrough by now. He has been given a few games, and let's be honest, he did nothing. That piss poor performance at GP against that Russian team last season springs to mind.

Game time is scarce. And chances need to be taken when they come. Harsh... but that is the modern game. He is not the first Everton youngster to not make the grade, and I very much doubt now that he will at Everton, but good luck at Charlton. A few goals there could work wonders.

On the subject of loans, I hope that Garbutt comes back to Everton. He is one player who I believe has a real future in the game.

But forwards need to be an instant success. That is the nature of the beast. Sorry.

Ross Edwards
14 Posted 15/09/2015 at 00:39:35
He clearly won't make it. Any chance he'll ever get has been reduced even more by the signing of Leandro who scored again for the under 21s today. He's further down the pecking order and is obviously not good enough to make the grade unfortunately.

I'd release him at the end of the season and let him and get first team football in the Championship because at 23, he doesn't look anywhere near making the first team especially now Leandro and Henen are above him in the pecking order.

Phil Sammon
15 Posted 15/09/2015 at 05:13:10
Very disappointed.

Conor has grabbed any chance he's ever had and always impressed. If only he could have been afforded to same loyalty from Martinez that the likes of Howard, Kone, Barry and even Barkley have been. I really feel like we're letting a fine young player drift into obscurity.

I doubt he'll be up to much in the lower leagues, I don't think it suits him. Very sad, I don't know what more a young lad needs to do to get a game.

Anthony Flack
16 Posted 15/09/2015 at 07:48:42
Phil, I guess the simple answer to your question is that to get a game he needs to be better than the players playing in his position, which evidentially he is not.

Who would you move aside to give him the chance?

I have nothing whatsoever against him, but I suspect he is unlikely to prosper at the top level. I of course hope I am wrong.

Paul Cherrington
17 Posted 15/09/2015 at 09:29:00
After the fine pre-season he had, it does seem strange that he hasn't played and is now being shipped off on loan. Makes you wonder if there is something more to it than footballing reasons? I'm not saying anything against the lad personally but maybe him and the boss just don't get on... you never know!
Sam Hoare
18 Posted 15/09/2015 at 10:40:23
Difficult for him as he's not an out and out striker but probably not fast enough to play Martinez' sgenuine winger role or defensive enough to play the Cleverley, Pienaar or Naismith type winger role.

Probably the only position that suits him in our formation is behind the striker but Barkley has that nailed down with Leandro possibly the next option.

A loan is the best thing for him; if he can catch the eye with Charlton, then perhaps he can prove something to Martinez or at least find himself a fitting new home.

A shame as he looks to have genuine intelligence and ability but has suffered lots with injuries at bad times and being behind more experienced players.

Sam Hoare
19 Posted 15/09/2015 at 10:41:47
I can see him becoming a Wes Hoolahan type player (who I rate highly) if things go well for him in the Championship.
Phil Sammon
20 Posted 15/09/2015 at 10:52:49

He outperformed everybody in pre-season. I'm not saying he should start every game, but surely we have room for him on the bench.

Kone is doing well lately so fair play to Martinez for sticking with him. But if it were me I'd have given McAleny a go playing up there with Lukaku. Or perhaps in the Barkley role.

Wes Hoolahan isn't a bad comparison. I like him too, Sam.

Maybe he could be an Osman-type player. But he can actually shoot too!

Maybe I'm wrong, he's just always impressed when he's been given the chance.

Barry Pearce
21 Posted 15/09/2015 at 11:04:21
Good analogy, Sam (#15)

I suppose you just have to trust the coaching staff on this one, as they see him everyday. But, like most on here, I thought Conor had first team potential, and hopefully he still does.

Alex Jones
22 Posted 15/09/2015 at 11:06:07
Martinez suffers from the same thing all managers do: they always give preference to players they've personally bought. This is why Cleverley plays out on the wing instead of Mirallas and why Kone, who never justified selection ahead of McAleny, has been persevered with.

I suspect Browning and Pennington will be overlooked in favour of Funes Mori for the same reason. It's also why we'll not see the back of McCarthy or Barry anytime soon. He basically shoehorns players he bought into the team regardless of whether it suits the balance of the team.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 15/09/2015 at 16:25:24
Ian (9) you are nearly right. Long came on in injury time on Saturday, just after Burnley went 3-1 ahead, so the Burnley manager is looking after Chris Long well.
James Stewart
24 Posted 15/09/2015 at 16:42:55
The Browning situation worries me. He looked an absolute beast in pre0season and he needs to be playing. He handled himself with aplomb against the RS and United last season so he is clearly ready.

Funes Mori pushes him further down the pecking order. It would be great to see him given a run at right back if Coleman is ever struggling or he needs a loan move.

Peter Gorman
25 Posted 18/09/2015 at 17:51:59
I like Browning but I'm not particularly worried about him.

What we have to remember is that, unlike preseason games, the league games churn out points, and points win prizes. Who in their right mind is going to play Browning ahead of Coleman or Stones?

Our squad has shrunk somewhat at the back and over the course of the season, Browning is going to get games. Young Pennington already did against Barnsley. If the youngsters impress, they may well get a run of games, like Galloway.

So many games to play before the season ends. I'd be amazed if Browning doesn't finish it with more appearances than he got last season.

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