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Everton Loans Recap: Good Week for the Young Blues

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How did Everton’s loan players get on over the past week?

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It was generally a very good week for Everton’s young players out on loan, with all of them picking up lots of minutes – and mostly wins – along the way.

Here we’ll take a look out how Everton’s loaned out players got on.

The Youngsters

Henry Onyekuru

Scored a second goal in as many games as Galatasaray battered Alanyaspor 6-0 last Monday. He was substituted immediately after his goal – which ended a goalmouth scramble – in the 82nd minute.

The week started especially well for Onyekuru, as he was also recalled to Nigeria’s squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifier against Seychelles – which is also good news for Everton’s hopes of getting a work permit for the player.

Before the weekend Galatasaray also found out they were drawn into a very competitive Group D in the Champions League with a good chance of progressing against Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke and FC Porto.

However, Gala had a miserable weekend, suffering a humiliating 4-0 to Trabzonspor, with Onyekuru being taken off with 10 minutes to spare.

Antonee Robinson

Played the full game at left-back again for Wigan Athletic as they beat Rotherham United 1-0, meaning the 21-year-old USA international has featured in every minute of the Latics’ positive start to the Championship season.

One of the biggest criticisms of Robinson’s game is that he can give the ball away needlessly at times, but that certainly was the case at the weekend as he completed 92.3% of his passes – the highest completion rate on the field.

Callum Connolly

Connolly returned to Wigan’s starting eleven having been on the bench for the last couple of weeks, again showing just how versatile he is by starting on the right wing.

Connolly has been know to play across the back four, while last season he impressed in a holding midfield role, but he again put in a solid performance for the Latics in yet another new position and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the second half.

Nikola Vlasic

Vlasic continues to thrive in Russia, playing the full 90 minutes in CSKA’s 4-0 win over Ural – again in a central midfield role. If he continues this form, Everton may have another Lookman situation on our hands next summer.

Joe Williams

Made his Bolton Wanderers debut but couldn’t stop his side from conceding two early goals. However, he put in a typically combative performance – although in a more advanced position than he is used to – helping the Trotters bring the game back to 2-2 at Preston North End.

Was tidy on the ball for Bolton and played a key part in their equaliser. He was also at the centre of a melee at the full-time whistle which saw a Preston player sent off, and the 21-year-old earn a yellow card for his troubles.

Matthew Pennington

Was thrown in at the deep end for Ipswich Town, playing the full 90 minutes in their local derby with Norwich just days after completing his loan move.

Pennington put in a very good and accomplished display at centre-half as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

The Deadwood

Ashley Williams

After serving his one-match suspension after being sent off against Wigan, Williams returned to the starting line-up for the Potters 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town in the League Cup and put in a solid performance.

His performance in midweek, though, wasn’t enough to see him keep his place in the side, and he watched from the bench as his side lost 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

Cuco Martina

Martina kept his place at right-back in Stoke City’s win over Huddersfield, but then shifted over to left-back for the closing stages after Erik Pieters went off. He also played the full 90 minutes against West Brom.

Luke Garbutt

Having been dropped to the bench for the previous two games, Garbutt returned to Oxford United’s starting line-up and put in an improved performance in their 3-0 win away at Newport County in the League Cup. The left-back looked dangerous on the overlap and provided excellent crosses for the first and third goals. Picked up a late yellow card, but it was a huge improvement from Garbutt.

However, this wasn’t enough to keep him in the starting 11 at the weekend, and he watched from the bench as the O’s earned a 1-1 draw away at Sunderland.

Shani Tarashaj

Didn’t make the squad for Grasshopper’s 2-1 defeat at Luzern. Assumedly injured, again.

Kevin Mirallas

Watched from the bench as Fiorentina beat Chievo 1-0.

Mo Besic

Started Boro’s 2-1 League Cup win over Rochdale, but was removed at half-time alongside Daniel Ayala – assumedly to protect him ahead of Boro’s Friday night clash with Leeds.

And it seemed to pay off… Besic put in a good performance as Boro battled out a goalless draw at Elland Road. He, of course, picked up a yellow card.

Yannick Bolasie

Still yet to appear for Villa.