The January transfer window is officially open and Everton have been using it so far to get their up-and-coming youngsters more playing time in different leagues. Kieran Dowell has gone on loan to Sheffield United to boost their Championship promotion push, while Mason Holgate has joined West Bromwich Albion for the rest of the season as well.
Today the club has announced that Under-23s’ striker Shayne Lavery will join Scottish Championship side Falkirk FC for the remainder of the season.
The 20-year-old has been with the Blues for the last four years, and after making a number of appearances for the Northern Ireland youth sides, picked up his first senior cap in May 2018. He was one of the youngsters in the Everton first team squad for the Europa League match away to Apollon Limassol, but was an unused substitute.
This season he has 10 appearances for the youth side, playing a total of 205 minutes with one goal and no assists. His poor record probably explains why the striker is going to the Scottish Championship rather than a higher-profile stint in either the English Championship or even League 1.
While Everton are in desperate need for help at the striker position, Lavery remains well behind fellow youngsters Bassala Sambou and Fraser Hornby, who have yet to get a look-in with the senior side either.