Everton had six players out-on-loan for the first half of the season and news broke on New Year’s Day that 26-year-old Matthew Pennington has also agreed a move to League One strugglers, Shrewsbury Town.
So, let’s take a look at how Everton’s out-on-loan contingent got on in December.
Moise Kean – PSG
Kean’s move to PSG may have raised a Carlo-esque eyebrow in the summer, but in fairness to the 20-year-old striker he’s grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
The Italian took his goal tally to nine after bagging three goals in five Ligue 1 matches in December. He’s also started all but one of PSG’s league games so far this season.
All of these goals have led to rumours that the Parisians want to make the youngsters move permanent, with a rumoured £31 million bid having been lodged with the Blues. It could be a deal that works for all parties, unless Everton think they can hold out for more given Kean’s form.
Nathan Markelo – Twente
It’s been a miserable move for the 21-year-old so far. After getting his taste of senior football via two cameo appearances from the bench in the opening two game of the season, the versatile Dutchman hasn’t seen any action since.
First he was left on the bench for a couple of games but then picked up an MCL injury which saw him miss nearly three months of action. He did return to the bench for two of Twente’s games before Christmas but didn’t manage to get on.
Dennis Adeniran – Wycombe Wanderers
Adeniran, who turned 22 at the start of January, saw his game time at Wycombe dry up in December.
He had been a regular starter in the clubs early games, but was left out of the squad for five games in December, although it’s not clear if he had an injury.
He did return to the bench for the final two games of December and got eight minutes of action in a 2-1 defeat to Bristol City.
Lewis Gibson – Reading
After a promising first loan spell at Fleetwood last season, the young centre-back has struggled to kick on in the Championship.
After an injury to the Royals’ left back in December though, Gibson came on to replace him for 60 minutes in a 1-0 win over Norwich, before keeping his place in their 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich. Unfortunately, though, he picked up a quad injury in the defeat which ruled him out for the rest of the month.
Callum Connolly – Fleetwood Town
Connolly has missed just five minutes of action since rejoining Fleetwood in October, captaining the side on five occasion.
It wasn’t a great month for the Cod Army though, who picked up just one win from six in December, with Joey Barton surprisingly leaving the club by mutual consent at the start of January following a rumoured (and not-so-surprising) dressing room brawl with Ched Evans.
It might not be all bad for Connolly, though, with Tim Cahill touted as a potential replacement.
Theo Walcott – Southampton
Walcott has been a regular starter since returning to the Saints, but his goals and assists have stared to dry up somewhat after a bright start.
He did find the target, though, with a great finish to open the scoring in Southampton’s 1-1 draw with another of his former clubs, Arsenal.