Connolly and Adeniran bid farewell to Everton

Wednesday, 12 May, 2021 17comments  |  Jump to last
Callum Connolly and Denis Adeniran will be seeking new long-term clubs this summer after being released by Everton.

Defender Connolly, who had a spell on loan at Fleetwood Town this season, and former Fulham academy midfielder Adeniran, whose temporary spell at Wycombe Wanderers just ended, announced their departures from the club on social media this week.

Connolly, who made one senior appearance as a substitute in the 2015-16 season, may yet stay at Fleetwood for 2021-22.

"My time at Everton has come to an end. This week I was told by the club I wouldn't be getting a new contract," Adeniran wrote. "Since signing from Fulham in 2017 I have felt honoured to represent Everton — a huge club with a great history.

"I will leave this club with very fond memories and great affection for all of the staff, colleagues that I've had the pleasure to train and play with and the fans.

"I hope to one day come back and play at Goodison Park in front of the amazing Everton fans."  


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Derek Thomas
1 Posted 13/05/2021 at 01:14:02
2 more in a long list of not quites, still, if you don't buy a ticket you won't win the raffle. Best of luck to both, still a tidy living to be made a bit lower down.
Kieran Kinsella
2 Posted 13/05/2021 at 01:39:52
Connolly maybe like another Peter Clarke, young blue doesn’t quite make it but has a very good career at the lower levels. He’s done very well on loan, and he had his World Cup winners medal as a great memory.

Adeniran I never really saw much of but it sounds like he has a good attitude and good luck to him too.

Michael Kenrick
3 Posted 13/05/2021 at 11:38:34
Connolly's profile shows an incredible 8 seasons as an Under-23 player. And yet it is only this season (back in September) that he became 23.

It's all too easy to look back with hindsight and wonder why he was given not one but two successive 3-year contracts in that time. Perhaps his recognition as an England International at U20 and U21 played a part certainly in the second of those contract decisions, made under Marco Silva.

Maybe Kieran sums it up: a young blue born in Liverpool who doesn’t quite make it but goes on to have a solid career at the lower levels.

Kevin Prytherch
4 Posted 13/05/2021 at 12:23:46
Good luck to them both.

I’d rather take a chance on keeping them for a couple of years too long on very low wages hoping that they could develop enough on loan, than signing someone like Cuco Martina who will sit around doing nothing and collecting decent wages.

James Newcombe
5 Posted 13/05/2021 at 14:07:00
The Wycombe fans seem to like Adeniran, so he must have made an impression of some kind in the Championship. I remember Connolly getting rave reviews on loan, but that was a few years back now. They'll both be fine I should think.
Phill Thompson
6 Posted 13/05/2021 at 16:20:27
What I loved about Connolly was his great attitude, he’d play anywhere across the back four and do a decent job without ever looking like he’d challenge for a first team spot in any one position. He had a great knack of scoring headed goals too , despite not being the tallest of defenders.
Adeniran always seemed to have the build and energy at U23s level, but again never showed that extra ingredient that marked him out as a potential first team player.
I see Matty Pennington has been offered a contract by Shrewsbury. Another in the same category, great attitude but we should have moved him on years ago as he never looked like holding down a squad place for us.
Good luck to all three, hopefully they can make their way up the leagues in future years.
Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 13/05/2021 at 16:56:21
Remember when we tried to make Connolly part of the trade for Sig?

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/who-callum-connolly-everton-youngster-13406459

Antony Kelly
8 Posted 13/05/2021 at 22:42:49
As I told you, these players are not good enough to play for Everton, Bowler and Broadhead etc will be next. Unsworth and the Echo have been talking shite about these players for years, so called superstars!!
Mike Doyle
9 Posted 13/05/2021 at 23:00:25
Antony you are correct. However, and just like most PL teams, it is rare that a player “rises through the ranks” from youth to first team/squad.
It’s not just us though - it’s true of most PL teams. So few players break through you have to wonder why they bother with an Academy / U23 system at all.
Where I live I’m surrounded by Chelsea fans. They make the point that until last season (Mason Mount), the last first team regular their system produced was John Terry - who retired several years ago.
Dave Abrahams
10 Posted 14/05/2021 at 14:46:35
Mike (9),

I think Chelsea have three or four young players in their squad now who have a good chance of being Premier League regulars: Abraham, James, Hudson-Udoi?

Along with Mount and a young 19-year-old who will definitely be a first-team favourite with the fans: Billy Gilmour, the young Scottish central midfielder.

Mike Doyle
11 Posted 14/05/2021 at 15:16:34
Dave (10),

Correct. James looks like following Mount in establishing himself as a regular. In the last couple of years, they have had more success in graduating players to the first team squad than in the previous 20.

Ironically, they have been assisted in this by their 2019 transfer ban which created a number of opportunities that would normally have been filled by incoming transfers.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 14/05/2021 at 15:41:51
Mike (11),

Yes, I think the transfer ban helped them to bring those young players through. I wouldn't mind betting that Mr Moshiri wishes Everton had had a transfer ban since he bought the club, he'd have saved a lot of money!

God knows where Everton would be if that had happened though!!

Mike Doyle
13 Posted 14/05/2021 at 15:55:17
Dave (12),

Of course Mr Moshiri could always impose his own ban on incoming transfers!

Over the road, Fenway Sports Group seem to be tightening Mr Klopp's purse strings.

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 14/05/2021 at 16:01:33
Mike (13),

I think, in the near future, Fenway Sports Group will sell Liverpool and make a massive profit on the meagre outlay it cost them to buy the club. Mind you, Satan will want his cut to let them, and he doesn't come cheap.

Mike Doyle
15 Posted 14/05/2021 at 16:22:19
I'm sure you are right, Dave. Given our association with The Holy Trinity, I always wonder why we always seem to come second to Satan's disciples. Maybe God is playing a long game?
Jay Harris
16 Posted 14/05/2021 at 17:16:05
Chelsea had a policy of identifying and getting all the best young talent, grooming them and lending them out to other Premier League clubs.

By comparison, I don't think any of our young lads have had loans at other Premier League clubs, althought Holgate did have a spell with West Brom in the Championship.

Rob Hooton
17 Posted 15/05/2021 at 19:08:53
Good luck to them both, I’m sure they will both have decent careers in the game at some level.
In my mind playing footy all week is still the best job you could have, unless you really don’t like the game!

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