Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been talking up Conor McAleny on the club’s official website and believes he has a bright future at Goodison Park.
He has, however, conceded that another loan move be of greater benefit to the promising striker at present.
The 22-year-old has endured his share of injury troubles in recent times, with a broken leg limiting his involvement in 2013/14.
He had linked up with Brentford in an effort to get important competitive minutes under his belt, but managed just four appearances for the Bees before being forced back to his parent club.
Everton have helped to bring him back to full fitness and have used him in the Europa League this season.
Martinez claims there is more to come from an exciting home-grown talent, but is also aware – with competition for places fierce at Goodison Park – that a spell elsewhere may help to further unlock his obvious potential.
He told the club’s official website: "If I feel that he needs some playing time I would be quite happy to see if there is an opportunity in the Championship for him to play minutes and have a strong season. But at the moment the way I see him is fighting for his place in the first team.”
McAleny is a Merseyside native and a product of Everton’s famed academy system.
He has made only three senior appearances for the Toffees to date, but was handed a three-year contract by Martinez in the summer of 2014.
They will be hoping that his injury troubles are behind him and that he can kick on and become another useful option in the Premier League and in Europe.