By Richard Parks
Everton midfielder Callum Connolly has revealed that he may quit the club this summer after revealing he feels let down by the lack of support from his parent club during a season-long loan at Ipswich Town.
Connolly, 20, has been a mainstay of the Championship side, making 26 appearances in all competitions after thriving in a new midfield anchorman role.
The youngster has revealed that he has been surprised by the lack of contact and support he has had from his parent club during the course of the campaign.
“I’ve had contact with Everton, but not as much as I expected,” Connolly said, as quoted by the Ipswich Star.
“I think they’ve just let me get on with my football, there hasn’t been as much support as I’ve wanted to be honest, but obviously it’s a man’s game and I’m learning the game on my own.
“When there are not that many people around you supporting you it can be tough, but that’s when you come into your own, I feel like I am growing up.”
Connolly admitted to the Ipswich Star that he is open to converting his loan into a permanent move.
“There is always a possibility in football,” Connolly said.
“Anything can happen, let’s see what happens between now and the end of the season.
“Obviously I’m enjoying my football at Ipswich Town and I’ve been made to feel at home here, even though it is a long way from home.
“The ultimate aim is to play in the Premier League, whether that is with Everton or somewhere else, that’s what I am working towards.”
Football Insider verdict
Connolly’s comments are a damning indictment of Everton, a club who have built a reputation for spotting and nurturing top talent from across the country. Credit to the player for going public with how he feels let down by his parent club and their let-him-get-on-with-it attitude. It may burn at few bridges for him at Goodison, but it appears that they aren’t too bothered about him, in any case. With his contract due to expire at Everton in the summer of 2019, it makes sense for him to find new permanent employers in the summer window, preferably ones willing to back him to the hilt when the chips are down.