Joe Williams was the only active Everton player out on loan to taste victory this weekend. The young midfielder was rewarded for an excellent performance in his pivot role sitting in front of the backline, with Barnsley recording an emphatic 3-0 win over Sunderland at home.
Sunderland is a team Everton have gotten very familiar with in recent years, and last week’s Carabao Cup Third Round draw pitted the two sides against each other in coming weeks.
Brendan Galloway has been in miserable form this season and this has been compounded by his being dropped completely out of the matchday squad this last weekend, being replaced by former Blue Bryan Oviedo.
Tyias Browning had a tough day at the office too, committing an error that led to the second goal while another former Blue Aiden McGeady was responsible for the third goal conceded to compound the Black Cats’ misery in a game they dominated possession.
Matthew Pennington remains out for Leeds United, who had an impressive 2-0 win away at Nottingham Forest. Kieran Dowell was in the center of things most of the game but endured one of his more forgettable performances since going on loan to Forest, finishing up with a yellow card too.
Anderlecht arrested their recent slide with a 0-0 draw away to Gent, with striker Henry Onyekuru continuing to have a hard time finding the net. The Belgians have two weeks to sort themselves out before traveling to German giants Bayern Munich as the Champions League group stages kick off.