Everton midfielder Callum Connolly has admitted that he may potentially quit Goodison Park at the end of the season after his successful loan spell at Ipswich comes to an end.
Connolly, 20, has spent the entire season at Portman Road and has been a mainstay in the heart of Mick McCarthy’s midfield in the Championship.
He was developed as a centre-back at Everton but since moving to Ipswich, Connolly has made the defensive midfield role his own with 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals in the process.
Now, the England Under-20 international has claimed there is a chance he could leave Merseyside for good in the summer but he still wants to focus on his development.
“There is always a possibility in football,” Connolly said, as quoted by the Green’Un24. “Anything can happen. Let’s see what happens between now and the end of the season.
He added: “I still feel I’ve got an extra gear to go into and I need to be pushing into that over the next few weeks and have a strong end to the season.
“I feel like I haven’t reached my full potential.
“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 is a very highly-rated young talent who is bound to become a regular Premier League player somewhere in the future, but chances at Everton are very limited at the minute with youngsters only breaking into the first-team due to injuries. The Toffees will likely spend big again in the summer to right the wrongs of Ronald Koeman’s overhaul last year, so Connolly could find himself well down the pecking order. Leaving Goodison Park would be a good move but one more year out on loan may also be a good idea for him. He has been in cracking form at Ipswich so another year in Suffolk may be a good idea.