I think most agree that Matthew Pennington hasn’t lived up to the expectation at Leeds United this season. The majority seemed keen on letting him return to Everton but a surprise today saw Everton hand the player a new three-year-deal despite his poor form over the season.
It seems bizarre that Everton would give him a deal when Leeds didn’t want him but football is a strange game. He isn’t too young anymore, certainly not a teenager who will improve massively. What worried me about Pennington was his inability to do football basics. He struggled to control and pass the ball but what he did impress with was last-ditch defending but the fact it came to that so much shows you that things weren’t rosy in the Leeds back line. Pennington was brought in as a replacement for Kyle Bartley and the early signs were promising but as the season went on he was found out, I don’t even know if many Championship teams below us would take a chance on him after his performances in a Leeds shirt.
Leeds have already made it known that they want to make Kyle Bartley the number one signing this summer and that is music to the ears of Leeds United fans. The defence has been terrible this season, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington really struggling to keep it together alongside an under-par Pontus Jansson who has clearly faded without Kyle Bartley alongside him. If Leeds can secure the deal for Bartley it would be a great start to the summer business and would set our stall out early. Pennington signing a new deal at Everton is actually good news in my view, thanks for the effort and the commitment but for me he just wasn’t good enough. Sam Allerdyce obviously thinks differently.