Small is trapped behind Lucas Digne, and 20-year-old Niels Nkounkou on the club depth chart and the Bavarians, Manchester United, and Arsenal are all keeping an eye on the 16-year-old, who has yet to report to camp:
Everton starlet Thierry Small is yet to return to training as the in-demand teenager tries to engineer a move from Goodison Park. The talented 16-year-old, who last term became the club’s youngest ever player, did not return for pre-season training last Monday (July 5) as expected and went on to be absent for the full first week under new manager Rafa Benitez.
Once Carlo Ancelotti moved back to Real Madrid, Small’s future became a bit more hazy at Everton:
Club officials have prepared a bumper first professional contract for Small, which he is only able to sign when he turns 17 on August 1. However, they had been hoping for a sign the left-back is willing to commit himself to the club after previous manager Carlo Ancelotti and director of football Marcel Brands assured him he is in their plans for the forthcoming season.
Small has even fired his agent in hopes of moving from Goodison Park:
The Athletic understands Small recently parted company with his agent and has a new representative. Despite the current impasse, Small was absent again on Monday. The club still want to keep him and it is understood there was contact with him yesterday.
Instead of going through his paces under the watchful eye of Benitez last week, Small posted pictures on his Instagram account of one-on-one training sessions he was undertaking with a private strength and conditioning coach elsewhere.
A left-back, it is hard to see where Small would be able to crack the Bayern Munich lineup as the club already has options in Alphonso Davies, Omar Richards, and Lucas Hernandez already on the first team.
Even with Davies and Hernandez currently being injured, a move to Bayern Munich for Small would not seem like something the youngster is interested in given he seems to want a regular first-team position.