Marcel Brands must avoid offering Kyle John a new contract and keeping him at Everton in doubt over the defender’s long-term future at Goodison Park.
What is the word?
According to Liverpool Echo, John is one of 13 first-team and Under-23 players who are currently due to be without a contract this summer.
Everton is unlikely to hold back most of those facing an uncertain future as the Football Brands manager struggles to keep his job down by cutting a bloated payroll.
Should Everton keep Kyle John?
Yes he has real potential
No he’s not good enough
The Toffees are set to part ways with senior quartet Yannick Bolasie, Theo Walcott, Matthew Pennington and Muhamed Besic when their contracts expire in June, and will also allow a number of academy talent to leave to lower the average age of the alongside David Unsworth.
John has been a regular at the U23 Blues this season with 11 Premier League 2 starts, but Everton are undecided on whether to retain the young right-back or his team-mates Joseph Anderson, Con Ouzounidis and Ryan Astley.
Josh Bowler, Nathan Broadhead and goalkeeper Nico Hansen are also set to leave when their contracts expire, along with Dennis Adeniran and Callum Connolly who sealed loan exits in January.
John joined Everton Academy at the age of six and got a two-and-a-half-year contract in March 2019 after joining Unsworth’s U23 from U18 at 17, who is now on the cusp of ‘expire.
Should Everton keep John?
Despite John having been at Everton for 14 years, this summer must represent the end of their journey together as the dual England and Welsh defender is not expected to make a first-team career at Goodison Park.
The Toffees’ coaching staff were noted last year for seeing John as being in the mold of the modern full-back and having the athleticism to take on the role, but he didn’t start and didn’t. progressed in senior play.
While Adeniran and Connolly sealed their loans in January during the final year of their contracts with the Blues, John remained at Finch Farm and won nine of his 11 PL2 starts for the season after the year ended. .
John, 20, has never once played for a club outside of Everton Academy, where the Chester-born prospect is described as a ‘class act’, and could be barred from progressing on the pitch. same path as Jonjoe Kenny this summer.
Everton are said to be on the lookout for a new right-back who could become the long-term heir to Carlo Ancelotti from Seamus Coleman and are expected to pay £ 30-35million for Max Aarons, £ 30million for Tariq Lamptey or 17 million pounds for Diogo Dalot. .
If either did join, John would have low expectations of becoming a first-team player at Everton in the next few years, although Unsworth once noted “he has a terrific pace” and was “a energy package from top to bottom right ”.
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