Conor McAleny still has a future at Goodison Park, according to Roberto Martinez.
The Everton youth graduate has made three appearances for the Toffeemen since making his debut in 2011 and has had five loan spells during that period.
The 23-year-old, who is currently on loan at League One outfit Wigan Athletic, has had his fair share of injuries to deal with but Roberto Martinez still sees him as a future Everton regular.
When asked if McAleny has a future with the Blues, Martinez told the Liverpool Echo:
“Of course, he has.” “Conor, like any other youngster, needs to go out on loan and experience different dressing rooms, different ways of being managed and different ways of playing and Conor had a really difficult experience at Charlton with three different managers so, now, we are looking for some stability going to Wigan. “They are looking to achieve promotion, something he has not experienced yet, and Conor – after the work he’s done in the last two months – has earned the opportunity to go on another loan and finish the season really, really strongly. “I’ve got real satisfaction at the way he’s reacted to the situation at Charlton and we’re looking forward to seeing how he does at Wigan, in order to see what is the next step for him in pre-season.
The former Brentford, Charlton, Scunthorpe and Cardiff loanee has 18 months left on his current deal with the Toffeemen, and is a year older than current first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku.
Many Evertonians struggle to envisage McAleny as a long-term part of the Goodison Park set-up, but as time wears on the chances of the Whiston-born attacker making his name in the royal blue jersey become slimmer and slimmer.