Matthew Pennington is ready to push for a return to Everton in January after his loan move to Hull City turned sour, Football Insider can reveal.
The defender, 25, has had just 17 minutes of Championship action for the second-tier club since his August arrival.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Pennington is immensely frustrated at his lack of first-team action and wants to head back to Goodison in January.
There is a growing likelihood Everton will look to secure another loan move for Pennington in the second half of the season.
The centre-back, who can also play at right-back, is not in Marco Silva’s plans and has little chance of forcing his way in should he return.
Pennington has made just nine senior appearances for Everton since graduating from their youth ranks to make his senior debut in August 2015.
He has had a series of loans of mixed success, with the spell at Hull following season-long loans at Ipswich Town in 2018-19 and Leeds United in 2017-18.
Pennington has also headed out of Everton temporarily to play for Coventry City, Tranmere Rovers and Walsall.
The defender is one of two Everton players on loan at Hull along with 20-year-old winger Josh Bowler.
He played the full 90 minutes in each of City’s two League Cup matches, but his only league involvement came in August’s 1-1 draw against Millwall.