I think, if I was to give everyone I volved a huge dose of goodwill in regards to story accuracy and reporting and all that...
It boils down to does he see it as possible to breakthrough at everton at an appropriate age? If not, does he want to tie himself into a deal and find himself playing U23 football for the next few years.
Perfectly reasonable concerns to have and a perfectly reasonable thought process.
The fact is he has one of the world's best lbs ahead of him.
The other facts are the coach is not particularly renowned for trusting youth, the academy is not renowned for either developing players well on loan, or promoting well through the ranks. The club is well known for big spending on ready made players.
Is he good enough to play now at 16, ahead of Digne? No.
Would I trust us to develop him into a first team player if we assume he has all the potential? No.
Is he right to think about this? Yes.