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February Everton Loan Recap: Fleetwood Duo Excelling

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How are Everton’s out-on-loan players getting on?

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There’s no kidding… this loan recap doesn’t make pretty reading.

Thankfully, however, there are a couple of shining lights – especially under the wing of Joey Barton at Fleetwood Town.

Read on to see how Everton’s out-on-loan contingent got on in January.

The Youngsters

Kieran Dowell – Wigan Athletic

Missed the entirety of February through injury. No word yet on how close he is to a return.

Nathan Broadhead – Burton Albion

After injury saw him barely feature during the busy December and January schedule, Nathan Broadhead has been edged back into the action for Burton in February, making one start and three substitute appearances. He picked up an assist in Burton’s only win of the month, as they beat Southend 3-2.

Despite a positive start, it’s been an underwhelming spell in League One for the 21-year-old winger so far. He really needs a strong end to the season with Burton, who are in 12th place, nine points off the play-offs.

Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke

After being ruled out for three games through injury, Kenny has returned to the right-back berth for Schalke, completing their last four games.

It’s been a tough month for David Wagner’s side, though. They’ve lost three of their last four (including 5-0 and 3-0 drubbings against RB Leipzig and Cologne respectively), with the Europa League hopefuls failing to score in any of them.

Nevertheless, it’s been a very positive campaign for Jonjoe overall.

Josh Bowler – Hull City

Out until April with a heel injury.

Korede Adedoyin – Hamilton Academical

Still yet to make a senior appearance for Hamilton.

Fraser Hornby – KV Kortrijk

Another who had a positive start, but Fraser Hornby’s time in Belgium is quickly turning sour. He played for just one minute in February, and didn’t even make the squad for Kortrijk’s last two games.

His Everton contract expires in the summer and it’s hard to see that being extended on the basis of this.

Callum Connolly – Fleetwood Town

There is some good news though, with Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town absolutely flying since the signing of two young Blues in January.

Callum Connolly has started every game since joining the Cod Army in January – in a typically varied set of positions – and also bagged two goals in six February appearances as Barton’s side extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a 1-0 win over Ipswich on Monday.

Unfortunately, Connolly was subbed after 15 minutes of the game at Ipswich due to bloody nose, but that shouldn’t rule him out for long.

Lewis Gibson – Fleetwood Town

Lewis Gibson’s start to life at Fleetwood couldn’t have gone any better. He’s played every minute at centre-back, winning six and drawing one of his first seven senior appearances.

Could he be the real deal?

Morgan Feeney – Tranmere Rovers

Played no further part for Tranmere after picking up a serious hamstring injury on his debut – a 2-0 loss at fellow relegation candidates, Bolton. Unlikely to feature again this season.

The Deadwood

Luke Garbutt – Ipswich Town

Ipswich went right off the boil in February and have lost six of their last eight matches, sliding from automatic promotion contenders to outside of the play-off positions.

Garbutt completed three games in a mixture of roles on the left-hand side in February, but struggled to make the same impact he’s enjoyed for the rest of the season.

Matthew Pennington – Hull City

Battled back from an injury lay-off to finally get a run in the Hull City team. He started Hull’s last four games in February, unfortunately they included a 4-4 draw at home to Swansea, as well as defeats to Preston (1-2), Barnsley (0-1) and Leeds United (0-4).

The 25-year-old still has over a year left on his Everton contract.

Mo Besic – Sheffield United

After finally getting his break in the Sheffield United team during December and January, he missed the entirety of February through an undisclosed injury.

Shani Tarashaj - Emmen

Not played a minute this season.

Sandro Ramirez – Real Valladolid

He scored!

The striker bagged his second goal of the season for Valladolid in their 2-1 win over Espanyol.

It’s been a mixed month for Sandro otherwise, as he’s started just two games, featuring as a sub once (in the game he scored) and was left on the bench on two other occasions.

The Blues might struggle to find more suitors for the 24-year-old Spaniard in the summer, with his bumper Everton contract not expiring until 2021.

Yannick Bolasie – Sporting Lisbon

A bit of a “meh” month for Yannick. Played in the two legs of their eventual defeat to Istanbul in the Europa League and has been in and out of the side for domestic action.

Doesn’t look likely that Sporting will be splashing out on the £4 million transfer clause in their loan agreement. Another one whose Everton contract expires in 2021.

Cenk Tosun – Crystal Palace

No good news here. Made two very late cameo appearance for Crystal Palace at the end of February and is now back at Everton for tests after suffering a serious knee injury that could even rule him out of Euro 2020.

Jonas Lössl – Huddersfield Town

Picked up where he left off at Huddersfield, starting all six games since he rejoined the club. He’s conceded eight and kept two clean sheets for the Terriers so far as he looks to book his place in the Danish squad for the Euros in the summer.