Maybe a surprising development today is that Leeds are reportedly ready to open talks with Everton over the permanent transfer of Matthew Pennington. The youngster hasn’t managed to nail down a place in the first-team yet but he is highly rated and out of contract at the end of the season, meaning Everton have limited options.
Pennington joined in the summer with Leeds looking to fill the gap left by Kyle Bartley who had returned to Swansea. He started the opening game at Bolton and was playing well before he was taken off injured. Since then he has had a spell in the side but it was at the expense of Pontus Jansson and that wasn’t going to last long. He did play a couple of games with Jansson but the performance against Sheffield Wednesday didn’t do the pair any favours. Liam Cooper is probably his competition and his form has improved drastically this season, taking the patch of form a few weeks ago out of the acquisition, where only one or two were actually playing well.
Leeds probably won’t have to pay a big fee for the player for a variety of reasons. He doesn’t seem to be in the plans at Everton and Sam Allerdyce will want players off the books to get new ones in. He’s out of contract in just over six months and at his age he will want to be pushing for first-team football rather than playing development and cup games, which would probably be the case if he went back to Everton. He still has work to do at Leeds to get back into the side but his chances are significantly greater here that at Goodison Park. Whether this will happen I’m not sure, but we’ll probably find out in a few weeks when the window opens.