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Everton Loan Recap: Onyekuru the best of the Christmas bunch

How did Everton’s exiles get on over Christmas?

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There’s been no shortage of action for Everton’s out-on-loan contingent in the past week, and below I’ve taken a look at how all the lads are getting on.

The Youngsters

Henry Onyekuru

Onyekuru signed off for the Christmas break in style, grabbing two goals and putting in a sterling performance as Galatasaray beat Sivasspor 4-2.

Antonee Robinson

Remains out injured following surgery.

Callum Connolly

In and out of a struggling Wigan Athletic side, Connolly watched from the bench their 3-0 home defeat to Birmingham City before playing the full 90 minutes of their 2-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion in the middle of the park (picking up a yellow card), before replacing Darron Gibson for the final 10 minutes of their 2-2 draw at Swansea City.

Not showing much to suggest he’ll ever come close to breaking into the Everton side in the future.

Nikola Vlasic

No more competitive matches until March for Vlasic and CSKA.

Joe Williams

Bolton Wanderers picked up four valuable points over the Christmas period, with Williams returning to the side for their 2-1 win over Rotherham after completing a suspension. The tough-tackling midfielder then put in another typically tenacious performance as the Trotters held Stoke to a goalless draw.

Continues to impress, as you can see in the clips below.

Matthew Pennington

Ipswich Town’s woes continue, but Pennington remains one of their better performers and has made the centre-half berth his own.

Kieran Dowell

Joining the out-on-loan contingent is Kieran Dowell, who’ll be linking up with promotion-chasing Sheffield United for the rest of the season. Could make his debut in the FA Cup against Barnet next weekend.

The Deadwood

Ashley Williams

Completed all three games for Stoke during the festive period.

Cuco Martina

Lost his place for Stoke’s 0-0 draw at Bolton.

Luke Garbutt

On the bench for Oxford again.

Shani Tarashaj


Kevin Mirallas

Started Fiorentina’s 1-0 win at AC Milan as well as their goalless draw with Genoa. Was substituted late on in both games, but is making a quite positive impression after a slow start to his loan move.

Mo Besic

Looking solid in the middle of the park week-in week-out for Middlesbrough.

Yannick Bolasie

Proving to be a key player for Villa now, starting all three games during the Christmas period. No goals or assists this time, though, with Bolasie making way in the closing stages of each game.

Sandro Ramirez

Watched Sociedad’s 1-0 home defeat to Alaves from the bench. Not going well for Sandro.