Everton manager Roberto Martinez will have been impressed with his side’s pre-season victory against Swindon Town on Saturday with 22-year-old Conor McAleny in particular showing what e is capable of.
The striker provided assists for Kevin Mirallas (who scored two) and Romelu Lukaku as well as netting one himself to suggest he may yet have a significant impact at a club where he has only made three competitive first-team appearances to date.
McAleny has come through the ranks at Goodison Park, joining Everton’s academy back in 2003 but suffering serious injury blows since, including a broken leg on two occasions.
He will now be hoping those setbacks are well and truly behind him, and he proved on Saturday that he has the talent. The question is: Does he have the luck to go with it?
The match also saw summer signings Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu get game-time but it was McAleny who stole the show.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Everton fans thought of McAleny’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
I'm sorry but McAleny is not the answer, we can't go down that route of not buying because of a few games against league 1+2 teams.— Ste Painter1878 (@stevopainter87) July 12, 2015
Anyone watch the Everton game yesterday/last night? Apparently McAleny was amazing! Get him playing alongside Rom#EFC— Pep (@PepsiFIFA12) July 12, 2015
@PepsiFIFA12 McAleny stood out, seemed on the same wavelength as rom and Kevin, which is exciting!— ⚽️Jordan Gifkins⚽️ (@JGifkins) July 12, 2015
Fair play McAleny took his goal well today but he will never ever make it at Everton that lad. He's older than Lukaku.— Alfonso Johnson (@Nevs_EFC) July 11, 2015
After today, much less likely that Kev will leave imo. Much more likely that McAleny will play a role this season as well.— Tortured Toffee (@torturedtoffee) July 11, 2015
Our fans think Conor McAleny is some upcoming young talent when he's older than Lukaku, Deulofeu, Barkley and Stones lmaoooo— Chad (@Jxgielka) July 11, 2015
McAleny has done what you have to do today ...... Take your chance and do something— Tony (@Oudec) July 11, 2015
Considering his injury I was made up to see McAleny put in a performance like that. I must stop being made up when our players do well.— Trish1878 (@Azzurri1878) July 11, 2015