It’s looking like it might be a long, hard season for several of Everton’s out-on-loan players, with only Nathan Broadhead, Jonjoe Kenny and Fraser Hornby regular starters among the Blues’ promising youngsters.
But let’s take a deeper look at how everyone got on last week.
Kieran Dowell – Derby County
After starting the season as Derby’s first-choice attacking midfielder, Dowell has dropped out of the starting line-up with the Rams struggling.
And it was another miserable weekend for Derby, as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic, with Dowell watching on from the bench for the entire game.
Things could also get worse for Dowell in January, with the shock signing of Wayne Rooney likely to push him even further down the pecking order.
Joao Virginia – Reading
No longer even sitting on Reading’s bench, as they would rather utilise another loan player in the squad. Will surely be recalled in January after a disastrous first taste of senior football.
Nathan Broadhead – Burton Albion
After getting off to a blistering start at Burton – scoring twice on his debut – Broadhead has yet to find the net in the league again (he did net though against AFC Bournemouth in the League Cup). However, he’s getting regular gametime, although was brought off midway through the second half of Burton’s heavy 4-1 defeat to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood this weekend.
Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke 04
Schalke fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Hoffenheim, with Kenny starting again – although he was substituted for the first time this season, but not until the 86th minute.
Bad result and not his best performance, but Kenny’s loan spell in Germany couldn’t be going much better. Could he be Seamus Coleman’s successor? We’ll see.
Josh Bowler – Hull City
Bowler is struggling to get a start at Hull, but his struggle is somewhat inevitable given that Hull’s two star players are both wingers too: Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki.
The 20-year-old made his customary late appearance from the bench this weekend (his eighth such appearance of the season), but was unable to help Hull comeback in their 2-3 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers.
Bowler’s only starts thus far have come in the League Cup, but with an away trip to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, he might be in for some more game time this week.
Korede Adedoyin – Hamilton Academical
Still yet to make a senior appearance for Hamilton.
Fraser Hornby – KV Kortrijk
After bagging a brace in their last match, Fraser Hornby played 86 minutes up front for Kortrijk as they secured a 2-0 win over Zulte Waregum – who saw Saido Berahino sent off in the first half.
Having started all four games he’s been available, it looks like the move to Belgium could be a fantastic decision for the big 20-year-old striker.
You can see his brace last time out below.
Callum Connolly – Lincoln City
Came on for the last five minutes of Lincoln’s goalless draw with Shrewsbury.
Luke Garbutt – Ipswich Town
Played the full game at left midfield as League One leaders, Ipswich, suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at Accrington Stanley.
Matthew Pennington – Hull City
Pennington’s move to Hull has proved to be somewhat disastrous, as the centre-back has made just one substitute appearance in the league for the Tigers. He was left on the bench again for their 2-3 defeat this weekend.
Mo Besic – Sheffield United
Watched from the bench as the Blades beat Arsenal 1-0.
Shani Tarashaj - Emmen
Missing as usual.
Sandro Ramirez – Real Valladolid
A muscle injury kept him out of Valladolid’s draw with Atheltic Bilbao. The striker hasn’t scored a goal in any of his last 51 league appearances.
Yannick Bolasie – Sporting Lisbon
Came off the bench but was unable to prevent Sporting Lisbon from being humiliated by third division FC Alverca, as they were knocked out of the Portuguese Cup by a 2-0 scoreline.