Unlike in previous seasons, Everton have not yet seen a mass-exodus of players move out on loan.
Currently, just three young Blues have secured season-long moves away, with two heading to the Championship and one to the Netherlands.
But you can be sure, with the Blues having sent away 14 players on temporary moves last season, that many more players will be heading out on loan in the coming weeks.
From the under-23s, the likes of Joao Virginia, Con Ouzoundis, Beni Baningime and Josh Bowler are all likely contenders for loan spells away, while Nathan Broadhead, Matthew Pennington and Callum Connolly may do the same if Everton don’t receive any bids for them.
Then, of course, there’s still some deadwood floating around the first team, with the club struggling to find permanent homes for Mo Besic, Sandro Ramirez and Yannick Bolasie. There are also murmurs that Moise Kean could be leaving the club.
But, in the meantime, let’s take a look at how Everton’s three current out-on-loan players are getting on so far.
Nathan Markelo – Twente
Having spent three years with the under-23s, Nathan Markelo, 21, was finally sent out to get some first team experience this season after joining Dutch side, Twente, on a season-long loan.
Markelo is a versatile player who primarily plays as holding midfielder but can also do a job at centre-back or right-back.
Twente have started the season well, winning twice and drawing once with Markelo starting on the bench on each occasion. He made his debut in the 2-0 win over Fortuna Sittard, coming on for the final 15 minutes at right-back. He then made another 12-minute cameo in a 1-1 draw with Feyenoord, but was left on the bench most recently for their 3-1 win over Groningen.
Not the best start, but not the worst. The good news for him is that five substitutes are still permitted in the Eredivisie, so he should get plenty of chances to play – at least from the bench.
Dennis Adeniran – Wycombe Wanderers
Like Markelo, Adeniran has spent a perplexing amount of time with the under-23s without getting any first team experience.
Thankfully, the central midfielder, 21, joined newly-promoted Championship side, Wycombe, last Friday and was thrust straight into the starting line-up for their 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea City.
Wycombe are in England’s second tier for the first time in their history and it looks like it will be a long, hard season ahead for Gareth Ainsworth’s side having lost their opening three games without scoring.
Despite joining the club just 24 hours previously, Adeniran completed the full 90 minutes for Wycombe, completing the most passes in the team (87.5%), while also performing the most defensive actions for his side (two tackles, three interceptions).
It’ll be something of a miracle if Wanderers stay up this year, but hopefully Adeniran can be a regular feature and impress for them nonetheless.
Lewis Gibson – Reading
After a highly impressive loan spell at Fleetwood in the second half of last season, Lewis Gibson has now been tasked with making a mark in the Championship.
The 20-year-old left-side centre-back joined Reading on 22nd September and watched from the bench as the Royals continued their Everton-esque 100% start to the season by beating Cardiff 2-1.
With his new side in fine fettle, he may need to wait for an injury to the experienced duo of Liam Moore or Michael Morrison before getting his chance – although the former has also been linked with a move to Celtic, which could also boost Gibson’s chances of playing.