While Everton are floundering in the Premier League, the loan players enjoyed a much more prosperous weekend elsewhere, with Kieran Dowell and Henry Onyekuru the pick of the crop.
Nottingham Forest broke out of their slump with a 2-1 victory over Championship high-fliers Sheffield United. Former Evertonian John Lundstram had put the visitors ahead before Forest struck back with two quick goals. Kieran Dowell guided his 27th minute volley into the corner of the net giving the hosts all three points.
In Belgium, forward Henry Onyekuru has become a centrepiece of the Anderlecht attack, and popped up with a late winner to give his side all three points against Standard Liege over the weekend. It was the fourth goal in the last five games for the young Nigerian.
Back in England, midfielder Joe Williams once again had an excellent game as his Barnsley side beat Milwall 3-1 away. His all-round performances are starting to catch the eye, as he had five tackles and six clearances, along with one shot and a key pass in the game as well.
Matthew Pennington finally returned to the Leeds starting lineup after fully recovering from his ankle ailment, but couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a heavy 3-0 defeat away at Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Sunderland’s abysmal form continued, with former Evertonian Aiden McGeady salvaging a point with his equalizer against Preston North End in a 2-2 draw. Tyias Browning played the whole game, making three tackles, four interceptions, seven clearances and three blocked shots. Brendan Galloway did not make the squad.
Bolton Wanderers lost against Aston Villa with defender Antonee Robinson coming on late as his side attempted to find an equalizer. The Trotters remain winless and at the bottom of the Championship table.
In League Two action, Conor Grant returned after his head injury from last month, playing the last dozen minutes in a loss for Crewe at Coventry City.