It was being reported earlier today that Leeds United were one of the clubs who had joined the hunt for Everton defender Matthew Pennington.
The 23-year-old centre-back has been reportedly told by Everton that he’s free to secure a loan move away from the club again this season and Leeds Live have suggested that he has the pick of three clubs – Leeds, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic.
In a year-long loan deal at Elland Road in 2017/18 the player made 24 appearances for us but his individual showings left plenty in the fanbase mixed when it came to their reactions to his quality.
With our only natural centre-backs being Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Conor Shaughnessy – Gaetano Berardi and Kalvin Phillips have filled in during pre-season – the sense in bringing in more natural cover isn’t wrong.
However, at least for these Leeds fans, Pennington shouldn’t be on our target list if we want to do that based purely on what they’ve seen previously from him.
Bielsa seems a pretty intelligent bloke and surely if he watched us last season he wouldnt re-sign Pennington #lufc
— Glenn Bugge (@Buggey20) August 2, 2018
Oh ffs no he hasn’t has he?
— Michael Doyle (@doylersofficial) August 2, 2018
Still now a bad signing tho I know we should be looking at better players there no doubt about it but he's better then nothing and no matter who it is we need another CB as cover
— James Fisher (@jamesfisher1991) August 2, 2018
Below average lmao
— Alan (@AlanLUFC_) August 2, 2018
No, not Pennington please. No. #lufc
— Tom Sparke (@sparkeface) August 2, 2018
All the good work is in-done by letting Matthew Pennington play for Leeds. Utter liability #lufc
— Deano (@DeanoBF) August 2, 2018
When we said we wanted a centre back, we didnt mean Pennington #LUFC
— Nathan Styran (@nathanstyran) August 2, 2018
#lufc Mathew Pennington – no thanks.
Barge poles come to mind.
— Lee Hesh (@lee_hesh) July 30, 2018
Please God no
— John Evans (@evans1951) August 2, 2018