A new season is here and after sending 21 players out-on-loan last season, several Blues have also secured loan moves for the coming season. However, we expect to see many more heading out for the campaign before the Transfer Window shuts.
Below, we check out how the current out-on-loan players are getting on so far.
Kieran Dowell – Derby County
Played 86 minutes in Derby’s 2-1 victory away to Huddersfield on Monday night. Looked tidy as ever on the ball, but struggled to really impose himself on the game – which is a worryingly common occurrence for the youngster. He need simply has to assert himself more in games and be more aggressive in his play without the ball.
One would expect this season is make or break for Dowell’s Everton career. If he wants a future at Goodison Park, the 21-year-old not only needs to be playing every week, he needs to show himself as one of the best players in the Championship.
Joao Virginia – Reading
The young goalkeeper started between the sticks for Reading’s opening day clash to Sheffield Wednesday, although the home side unfortunately fell to a 3-1 home defeat.
Reading blog, The Tilehurst End, gave Virginia (along with pretty much of all of the players) a 5/10 rating, and had this to say about the youngster as he made his senior debut: “A rough afternoon for the young ‘keeper, who conceded three goals in his first match in senior football although I wouldn’t say any of them were his fault too much. Needs to work on his distribution and command of his box, although it may simply be a case of him getting used to Championship football. The ability is certainly there.”
It looks like it could be a long, hard season for the Royals, but hopefully Virginia can prove himself to be a safe pair of hands for them.
Nathan Broadhead – Burton Albion
After an impressive pre-season which saw him awarded a contract extension, some fans were quite surprised that the 21-year-old was sent to a League One club than a Championship club on loan for the season.
He was registered too late to feature in their opening day home defeat to Ipswich Town, with another Everton loanee bagging the only goal of the game…
Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke 04
An eye-catching summer move, Kenny has followed in the footsteps of many English youngsters in recent years to the Bundesliga.
David Wagner’s Schalke start their competitive campaign this coming weekend with a first round DFB Pokal trip to Drochtersen/Assel (that’s actually their name) who play in the German fourth tier.
The early signs are positive for Kenny, though, as he’s started the majority of Schalke’s pre-season friendlies, so hopefully he’ll get a lot of much-needed first team action this season.
Josh Bowler – Hull City
Started on the bench in Hull’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City, but came off the bench on 69 minutes and looked bright with quick feet during his time on the pitch, also leading to former Blue’s left back, Jake Bidwell, picking up a yellow card.
Korede Adedoyin – Hamilton Academical
The 18-year-old winger has yet to feature for Hamilton since making a move to the SPL club in July. This is expected to be due to fitness issues though as Adedoyin recovers from injury.
Luke Garbutt – Ipswich Town
Scored the only goal of the game on his Ipswich debut courtesy of his deflected effort. He’s entering the last year of his contract though and needs to put himself in the shop window this coming season.
Shani Tarashaj - Emmen
Also effectively ended his Everton career with a two-year loan to Emmen. Unsurprisingly, wasn’t in the matchday squad for their season opener.
Sandro Ramirez – Real Valladolid
La Liga doesn’t kick off until Thursday, but Sandro still doesn’t seem to have found his shooting boots as he failed to score in pre-season. Hopefully he can recapture the type of form he showed at Malaga three seasons ago (it was also the last time he scored a league goal).