Conor McAleny ultimately failed to make the grade at Everton
Both players' contracts are up this summer and will be looking for new clubs, as will Delial Brewster and Russell Griffiths, two of the more familiar names from the Academy setup that also aren't being retained.
Jack Bainbridge, Michael Donohue, Tyrone Duffus, Connor Hunt, Josef Yarney and James Yates have also all been released.
Signed by Roberto Martinez in 2013, Koné's Goodison career was disrupted severely by a serious knee injury just weeks into his first season, one which almost ended his career.
He battled back to fitness was unable to cement a place in the first team under either Martinez or his successor, Ronald Koeman.
Local-born McAleny, meanwhile, has spent years trying to make the breakthrough into the first team under successive managers but ultimately failed to convince that he has what it takes to make it in the Premier League.
The now-24-year-old forward has had a string of loan spells either side of a broken leg suffered during a spell at Brentford, with his last spell at Oxford United in League One suggesting he could have a successful career in the Football League.
McAleny scored 10 goals in 18 appearances in the same team as another former Blue, Ryan Ledson, this season as the Us finished 8th.
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1 Posted 09/06/2017 at 15:29:54
Kone, as you would expect,departs and McAleny must have known the writing was on the wall; but hopefully he can cement a place in the lower leagues and make a career for himself because he has talent.
Might see him in the Premier League in the future.
2 Posted 09/06/2017 at 15:36:05
3 Posted 09/06/2017 at 15:38:10
Then we should be grabbing for Ziyech! He would create chances and get the best out of whoever we have up front.
4 Posted 09/06/2017 at 15:44:26
5 Posted 09/06/2017 at 15:59:21
6 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:25:00
7 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:32:17
Of the youngsters released, the surprising names would be Jack Bainbridge and Delial Brewster (weirdly best mates from Southport apparently). Brewster in particular was a prolific forward at a younger age but he fell way behind in the pecking order and I think we might not even have Anthony Evans around for long. Best of luck to them all.
8 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:32:19
As for Kone, I wish him well; seems like a decent lad but decent isn't what we need anymore.
9 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:34:49
Did that include Eric Dier and Shkodran Mustafi? :-)
10 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:36:23
And that is not intended as a slight to them. Hopefully one or two can still carve out a career for themselves somewhere. Quite a number from the Everton academy do.
Conor is possibly one of the 'what if' stories. What if he hadn't broken his leg early in his loan at Brentford. Showed glimpses of his ability in (mainly) friendly games and has shown he can find the net in lower leagues?
Someone will pick him up, I'm sure. Good luck to the lad (and t'others).
11 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:40:07
12 Posted 09/06/2017 at 16:55:39
Derek (#9) – both of those were never released. One was a loan and the other was allowed to leave on a free transfer with IIRC a year left on his contract.
Incidentally, who is the last player we released that managed to build their way back to the Premier League? Danny Fox and Adam Forshaw are the two most recent in my memory.
14 Posted 09/06/2017 at 17:00:38
I thought he might get another year.
15 Posted 09/06/2017 at 17:25:22
I take your point but Dier and Mustafi are the exceptions rather than the rule. It's a tough world out there!
16 Posted 09/06/2017 at 18:19:57
Sad about McAleny and a couple of the youngsters as they looked good prospects early on. Let's hope they find clubs where they can try to develop again and maybe get back to the Premier League.
Always a case of impressing as much as possible or having to make way for new players or others coming through. Let's hope quite a few of the U23s develop into great players.
17 Posted 09/06/2017 at 18:34:42
18 Posted 09/06/2017 at 18:39:22
19 Posted 09/06/2017 at 19:27:47
I still cringe at that miss versus Hull. He got injured later in the same game, and that was almost it really. Apart from a hat-trick against Sunderland...10 goals in 60, for a Number 9... FFS.
20 Posted 09/06/2017 at 19:32:43
As for Kone, I wish him the best as I always thought he gave us his best, despite his terrible injury; maybe he will get one big last hoorah in China ? he could still knock a few in at the right level.
As for the youngsters released, I hope they have a future in the game and prove to be stronger and better with time. Good luck to them all.
21 Posted 09/06/2017 at 19:44:44
22 Posted 09/06/2017 at 19:58:58
Hope Akpan played for Reading last time they were up as well as the two you've mentioned.
23 Posted 09/06/2017 at 20:28:39
24 Posted 09/06/2017 at 20:44:38
25 Posted 09/06/2017 at 20:59:30
James (#23) I'd still like to see what Tarashaj can do, though I doubt he did himself any favors in Koeman's eyes with that nondescript loan spell in the Bundesliga.
26 Posted 09/06/2017 at 21:55:12
27 Posted 09/06/2017 at 22:00:53
[Thought I would lighten the mood a little.]
28 Posted 09/06/2017 at 23:10:00
As for McAleny, good luck to him too. I only was able to see snippets of him but he didn't impress me as possessing anything near the quality to displace any of the senior players. Hope he proves me wrong and just needed a long spell of starting and some self-confidence.
29 Posted 10/06/2017 at 06:13:08
However, history has prepared me for the paradoxical inevitability that McAleny / Kone / A N Other ex-Everton player, will score the goal that knocks us out of the FA Cup or League Cup, at home, sometime in the next few seasons.
Maktub! ("It is written"), as the Arabs say.
30 Posted 10/06/2017 at 06:38:29
31 Posted 10/06/2017 at 12:11:43
I've said on another link what was the point of constantly bringing on Kone instead of the likes of Lookman when it was obvious that he was gonna be out the door in a few weeks?
Having secured 7th, without realistically being able to get higher, surely it was the ideal time to give the youngsters more game time?
32 Posted 10/06/2017 at 14:02:25
Still, to judge by his record at Oxford Utd, and what people have been saying about his performances there, I think we might hear a bit about him in the future. I wish him the best of luck.
33 Posted 10/06/2017 at 14:05:48
That said, I'd rather have seen any young player than Kone; nothing personal but, if he was not in the plans, why give him minutes as you say?
34 Posted 10/06/2017 at 21:50:12
35 Posted 10/06/2017 at 21:56:56
36 Posted 10/06/2017 at 22:19:49
37 Posted 10/06/2017 at 23:53:02
Kone had 2195 minutes on the pitch which equates to 24½ matches and scored 6 goals, one goal every 366 minutes. It is the rate of 9 goals a season. That would have put him top goal scorer in some seasons!
However, take away the 3 against Sunderland and it really is a very poor return from a striker.
38 Posted 11/06/2017 at 09:53:04
40 Posted 12/06/2017 at 08:23:43
41 Posted 13/06/2017 at 21:24:02
And surely there must be a statement on Ross?
42 Posted 13/06/2017 at 21:25:38
43 Posted 13/06/2017 at 21:32:50
Everton apparently had the option to keep him but this story back in April suggested it was unlikely. If it were to happen, it would have to occur within the transfer window (like with Lukaku, and others previously).
Ross Barkley has, according to yesterday's Mirror, given a final rejection of his £100k-per-week contract offer from the club. The club are unlikely to comment officially or make any statement unless something changes.
44 Posted 13/06/2017 at 22:04:51
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