Why is he being portrayed as being egotistic to decide that Everton might not be the best place to start his professional career?
We have a pretty poor record in recent years of developing academy talent and putting them in the first team. He's just spent a season, even two, of watching woefully underperforming players being played out of position rather than chances given to young players and a subs bench with two keepers and empty seats.
For a young player to see that and maybe think the next step of his career might be better served elsewhere isn't necessarily egotistic.
This might not be a case of Small thinking he should be starting games but seeing lots of young players slightly older than him hit a dead-end at Everton despite several players in the senior squad being clearly substandard. It's maybe not about being in the first team right now but seeing a path to the first team.
Because he's just decided not to show up for pre-season training.
Lad has an attitude problem. Unprofessional. End of discussion.