While the Premier League transfer window closed before the first game of the season earlier this month, there continues to be transfer activity as lower division clubs can still bring in players on loan right until the end of the month. Three European leagues - La Liga in Spain, Bundesliga in Germany and Ligue 1 in France - are still open for business and will also close on Friday this week, the 31st of August.
Additionally, there is a loophole in England whereby a player can be loaned out to a side with a clause added that makes the loan deal a permanent transfer when the winter transfer window opens. Everton have three players in the Championship that this might pertain to - Yannick Bolasie, Cuco Martina and Muhamed Besic - and it will be interesting to see which of the trio does leave come January.
Meanwhile, we grouped the fringe members of the Everton squad into two categories for this week.
Almost Certain To Leave
Ademola Lookman -
The young player has made it clear that he wants out of Everton no matter how many assurances Marcel Brands and Marco Silva give the player about his future here. At this point Brands has got to be thinking of how he can maximize his return on the wantaway winger.
For many fans, him posting a video of RB Leipzig scoring a goal on his Instagram this weekend was the last straw and they just want him gone now too.
Sandro Ramirez -
*UPDATE: Despite a very good game on Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, Sandro has been sent on loan to Real Sociedad
The Spanish forward simply hasn’t clicked in his short time at Everton, and tellingly, he had a torrid loan spell away at Sevilla in the second half of last season too where he failed to score.
After making bold proclamations of not wanting to come back to England after going to Spain on loan, his performances were found wanting by Sevilla who did not offer to make his loan permanent.
He’s now looking like a one-season wonder when he lit up La Liga in 2016-17 with Malaga, but Barcelona were right to let him go from their youth setup and the Toffees should cut the cord here too.
Sandro has been linked with Celta Vigo, let’s see if they come up with a concrete offer for the player before Friday evening.
Might Leave, Might Not Leave
He looked dead-certain to leave the club this summer, then the Blues first gave him a new contract and then regular minutes for the Under-23s as well, so it’s unclear where Pennington’s future lies.
At 23, the window is closing for his ‘potential’ - it’s quite clear he is not Premier League starting material, but can he even be an effective backup? His loan spell at Leeds United last season didn’t show it.
Browning is another centrehalf prospect that didn’t quite break into the senior squad for the Blues. He had a torrid season out on loan to Sunderland in the Championship last year, and saw the Black Cats go down another level to League One.
He’s been getting minutes with the Under-23s, but like Pennington above, are they just holding down the spots while Morgan Feeney and Lewis Gibson are out? Browning is now 24 and the clock is ticking even louder for him than Pennington with his current contract expiring at the end of this season.
Another player who had a terrible loan spell away, the left back was dropped unceremoniously by Sunderland, who went through two consecutive relegations. He last played for the Black Cats in early December 2017, and only had a couple of bench appearances since then.
This season though the 22-year-old appears to be the starting left back for the Under-23s under David Unsworth, and has been keeping youngster Matty Foulds out of the team.
Quite Unlikely To Leave
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sandro Ramirez the only other players who can play the position behind starter Cenk Tosun, it’d be extremely surprising to see Silva let Niasse go this week.
The manager has previously said that he likes the skillset and variety to the striking position that Niasse brings, and despite some Turkish interest in the player, we’d wager he’s still with the Blues next week this time.
Brands and Silva have also made it clear they want two players for every position in the team - with Martina gone on loan, Kenny is the first choice backup for Seamus Coleman and will continue to go down to the Under-23s and get some playing time, but he will not be leaving on loan this season.