And just like that, football stopped.
Who’d have thought it?
But The Beautiful Game is coming back… slowly.
But what’s the situation with loan players who’s loan deal was set to end before end of – what is now – the end of season.
Well, there’s been no officially line from any of the football authorities about automatically extending such loan deals. This means, as it is, club’s need to sit down
together on Zoom and hash out an extension if needs be.
Josh Bowler – who’s been injured since January but is nearing a return to fitness – is the first Blue loanee to have been granted such an extension, with Hull keeping holding of the player for the rest of the season.
So what’s the situation with the rest of Everton’s out-on-loan players?
Kieran Dowell – Wigan Athletic
Another player that was injured heading into lockdown. His loan deal is set to expire on 30th June as it stands and you’d imagine Wigan will try and keep him for as long with the Latics still just two points clear of the relegation zone with nine games to play.
Nathan Broadhead – Burton Albion
League One is still embroiled in a debate whether the season should be terminated – as has happened in League Two, which has utilised a “average points per game” system to finalise the table.
It’s been an injury-disrupted campaign for Broadhead at Burton, but one would imagine the Brewers will be eager to ensure Broadhead is available for them if the league does restart. His loan is also set to expire on 30th June.
Jonjoe Kenny – Schalke 04
The only Everton player to be playing anywhere in the world at the moment is Jonjoe Kenny!
I’ve been watching Schalke’s games since the Bundesliga resumed and it’s generous to say they’ve been woeful: drawing their first game before losing their last four. They’re dreadful going forward and not much better defensively.
Kenny hasn’t stood out in a poor Schalke side – and neither has rumoured Everton target Jean-Clair Todibo. That said, Schalke’s powerhouse 21-year-old midfielder Weston McKennie has impressed (sign him up, Marcel).
Jonjoe’s loan is set to expire on 30th June, which – if Bundesliga stays on schedule – will prevent the need for an extension, with Schalke’s last game being away at Freiburg on 27th June.
While the Everton Academy graduate has suitably impressed David Wagner to keep a stronghold on the right-back position this season, it’s been reported that Kenny is 99% likely to return to Everton at the end of the season, with Schalke unlikely to be able to afford a deal for the 23-year-old full-back.
That said, he did make this great last-minute, last-ditch block last week...
Another defeat for Schalke - their fourth in five games - but this was a superb late block from Jonjoe Kenny to stop a goal pic.twitter.com/VCWmLQC7jO— Patrick Boyland (@Paddy_Boyland) May 27, 2020
Josh Bowler – Hull City
Has extended his Hull deal until the end of the Championship season, whenever that may be…
Korede Adedoyin – Hamilton Academical
Absolutely gone missing since joining Hamilton last summer, not making so much as one matchday squad. The SPL has also been finished early, so there’ll be no need for an extension.
Fraser Hornby – KV Kortrijk
After making a positive start at Kortrijk, Hornby quickly fell out of favour and struggled for minutes. The Belgian league has also been terminated early, with Club Brugge declared champions.
Kortrijk were rumoured to have a permanent option on Hornby at the end of his deal, but it seems unlikely they’ll exercise this.
His Everton deal also expires in the summer and it looks like he’ll be looking for a new club in a bid to kickstart his career.
Callum Connolly + Lewis Gibson – Fleetwood Town
Another two players waiting on League One’s decision on whether to continue.
Fleetwood are very much in favour of returning having been in superb form prior to the league suspension. If action does resume, expect Joey Barton to make sure his Everton duo are part of his backline.
Morgan Feeney – Tranmere Rovers
Morgan Feeney was ruled out for the regular season after picking up a serious hamstring injury on his debut.
And a torrid few months for the youngster worsened when it was revealed Everton would be released the 21-year-old centre-back in the summer.
Rovers remain in the League One relegation zone and are hoping for some kind of relegation reprieve if the season ends prematurely. However, if the campaign does resume, it will be interesting to see if Feeney will be handed a permanent deal at Tranmere.
Luke Garbutt – Ipswich Town
Another player whose Everton contract expires this summer.
He’s been a star performer for League One Ipswich this season, so it’ll be interesting to see if they snap him up on a permanent deal.
Matthew Pennington – Hull City
The 25-year-old inexplicably still has over a year left on his Everton contract, so Hull will need to look for an extension if they want to complete the season with the defender on board.
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
COVID-19 didn’t really affect the amount of action Tarashaj was getting as he’s not made a single league appearance for Emmen. It really is crazy how his career has derailed since joining Everton.
Emmen actually signed the Swiss attacker on a two-year loan spell, so he’ll be “playing” for them next season whatever happens, with his Everton contract expiring after that.
Sandro Ramirez – Real Valladolid
La Liga is set to resume in the next weekend, with Valladolid travelling to Leganes on 13th June.
The 24-year-old striker has scored three goals in 19 league appearances this season. His big-money Everton contract expires in 2021, but we’ll have to see if Valladolid extend his loan to finish the current campaign, let alone another season.
Yannick Bolasie – Sporting Lisbon
Sporting Lisbon return to league action this Friday as they face Pacos Ferreira, but with their season set to run until 26th July, they may need to extend Bolasie’s loan move beyond June.
Cenk Tosun – Crystal Palace
The pandemic actually proved to be something of a blessing for Cenk Tosun.
At the start of March he suffered a serious knee injury which ruled him out for six months – meaning he would miss performing at Euro 2020 for Turkey.
Barring a miraculous recovery, Crystal Palace won’t be looking to extend his loan for any matches this summer, though.
Jonas Lössl – Huddersfield Town
Lössl returned to Huddersfield in a surprise loan move in January in a bid to boost his Euro 2020 chances for Denmark.
He’s performed well back in Yorkshire and one would expect Town to try and keep hold of him for the last nine games of the Championship season, with just a three-point cushion above the relegation zone.