With all the misery going on at Everton lately, perhaps we can take some positives from our out-on-loan ensemble?
Well, not really… unless you’re a right back eyeing a return to Goodison next year that is.
Kieran Dowell – Derby County
Despite starting the first six games of the season for Derby, Dowell has completely fallen out of favour at Pride Park, playing just 96 minutes of league football (spread over two games) during their last 13 games, shades of what happened at Nottingham Forest in his last loan spell. Unless a drastic turnaround occurs, his Everton career is surely coming to an end too.
Joao Virginia – Reading
Not made a Reading squad in a long time. Will likely be recalled when January rolls around.
Nathan Broadhead – Burton Albion
After dropping to the Burton bench for a couple of games, Broadhead has missed their last few games entirely due to a hamstring issue. One would hope to see him really start dominating League One games in the second half of the season.
Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke 04
What a move this has turned out to be for Jonjoe Kenny. The 22-year-old has missed just four minutes of action for Schalke this season, well and truly making the right back spot his own, with one goal and two assists to boot.
And it gets better still… David Wagner’s team are flying in the Bundesliga, as they moved third – ahead of Bayern Munich – with a 2-1 win at Union Berlin last time out.
Josh Bowler – Hull City
After a relatively slow start at Hull, Bowler is starting to really find his feet at the club, with his minutes ever increasing. He’s started the last two for the Tigers, including his first full 90 minutes last weekend, although Hull fell to a 3-1 loss at Barnsley. One goal and one assist for the 20-year-old thus far.
Korede Adedoyin – Hamilton Academical
Still yet to make a senior appearance for Hamilton.
Fraser Hornby – KV Kortrijk
It’s been an interesting experience for Hornby in Belgium. The big striker has managed three goals in eight appearances, although he was sadly left on the bench for their last two games.
Callum Connolly – Lincoln City
The versatile youngster started out in holding midfield at first for Lincoln, but he’s moved back in the centre-half position.
Now in his sixth loan move away from Goodison Park, he sadly doesn’t seem to be moving any nearer to the first team picture.
Luke Garbutt – Ipswich Town
Proving to be a very important player for Ipswich, playing in a variety of positions on the left. The 26-year-old has four goals in 11 appearances this season and will likely have no shortage of suitors when his Everton contract finally ends in the summer.
Matthew Pennington – Hull City
After several impressive loan spells in the Championship, Pennington simply can’t get a game at Hull this season. He’s on the bench nearly every week, but has emerged for just one 17 minute cameo in the league – and that was back in August.
Mo Besic – Sheffield United
Another serial bench warmer. He’s been on the bench for the Blades in every single league game this season (apart from against Everton) but has only appeared once, for a nine-minute showing at West Ham United.
Did have a couple of League Cup runouts, so will be hoping for some more action in the FA Cup when Sheffield United face Flyde in January, unless he can squeeze in some minutes during the busy Christmas schedule.
Shani Tarashaj - Emmen
Not played a minute for Emmen yet. Usually injured.
Sandro Ramirez – Real Valladolid
Still gets a lot of minutes for Real Valladolid, but just the one goal this season. Played the full 90 minutes of their goalless draw with Celta Vigo last weekend.
Yannick Bolasie – Sporting Lisbon
A regular feature on the wing for Sporting Lisbon, but just one goal and three assists in 15 games. Lisbon are currently fourth in the league, one place behind surprise high-flyers Famalicão – managed by Everton assistant manager from last season, João Pedro Sousa.
#bringbacksousa anyone? Nah?