Loan Report | Andre Gomes Impressing At Lille! Nkounkou Scores! + More
It is that time of the week again at The Toffee Blues, with a report on how all Everton loanees faired in their last matches.
Dele – Besiktas & Jean-Philippe Gbamin – Trabzonspor
Following the devastating earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria, which tragically claimed over 40,000 lives, including that of former Everton player Christian Atsu, the Turkish footballing authorities made the decision to postpone all matches.
Matches are due to resume this weekend, but for the time being, no matches have been played in the Turkish league.
Jarrad Branthwaite – PSV Eindhoven
Branthwaite is arguably in the form of his life currently. Three goals scored in two games, attracting the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, the 20-year-old has been loving life in the Netherlands.
The loanee was quoted saying ‘I am really enjoying myself here, so I would definitely consider a longer stay at PSV. We’ll see if it works out’.
However, that has come to a bit of a halt over the last week. They have not won in their past two games, conceding five goals in the process.
They are in action this evening against Sevilla in the Europa League, looking to overturn a three goal deficit from the first leg. Here’s hoping that Branthwaite can continue to impress.
Joao Virginia – SC Cambuur
Since the last report, SC Cambuur have played two games, drawing one and losing the other, resulting in them being rooted to the bottom of the Eredivisie.
Virginia has not featured in either game, meaning that he has not played in SC Cambuur’s last five matches.
When a goalkeeper is dropped from a team, it is always notoriously hard for them to get themselves back into the starting eleven. Whether the Portuguese will, only time will tell. If he does not, it will be another disappointing loan spell, and the Toffees should think about cashing in if that is the case.
André Gomes – Lille
Lille and André Gomes were in action last Sunday against top of the table Paris Saint-Germain. It was a breathtaking game, with Lille going from 2-0 down, to 3-2 up, to then conceding in the 95th minute, losing the game 4-3.
Gomes was pivotal for Lille, bossing the midfield, and providing two assists. Ultimately it was not enough, but he is slowly beginning to stamp his mark in Ligue 1.
Lille are at home to Brest on Friday evening, and Gomes will be hoping to continue his run of good form.
Niels Nkounkou – Saint-Étienne
Saint-Étienne are currently on a three-match winning run, following wins on Monday and the previous Saturday.
Everton loanee Nkounkou again impressed in the two games. The Frenchman scored the opening goal in Saint-Étienne’s 2-1 victory over Nîmes. He now has four goal involvements in six games since joining (441 minutes played).
He has played every game since joining in a more advanced role, primarily left wing, which is clearly reaping rewards.
Saint-Étienne will be hoping to win their fourth game in a row on Saturday, and Nkounkou will be looking to continue his fine start to life in Ligue 2.
Tom Cannon – Preston North End
Preston North End are winless in their last five games in all competitions, with three losses. In the five games they have only scored one goal from open play and a penalty.
Cannon is still looking for his first goal for the club, but that is not to say he has not been impressing. Preston fans have been impressed by his movement, but also disappointed with the service he received during the last match.
Hull City manager Liam Rosenior was highly complimentary of Cannon, saying that he was unplayable last Saturday.
Ryan Lowe’s side are at home to Wigan Athletic at the weekend, hopefully Cannon can get himself on the scoresheet soon.
English Football League One
Ryan Astley – Accrington Stanley
Astley has not featured for Stanley in their last five games, after coming off in the 43rd minute in the 3-0 defeat to Lincoln City.
It is not know when he will return to action.
Lewis Dobbin – Derby County
Dobbin has featured in the Rams last two games, coming off at halftime in the game against Lincoln, and coming off the bench in the 64th minute against Charlton Athletic.
He has impressed a great deal out on loan, but some County fans are still unsure about how he is best used. In a poll posted on Twitter, one fan asked if he is better used from the start or as a substitute.
Two-thirds of fans voted that he is better used as an impact sub, but many saying in games against the top six of League One. Games against lower league opposition, they say he should be starting, using the Morecambe game as an example.
Paul Warne’s side are away at Barnsley at the weekend, hoping to cement their play-off place against their fellow promotion chasers. It will certainly be interesting to see if Dobbin will start, or make an impact of the bench.
Lewis Gibson – Bristol Rovers
It is not yet known when the 22-year-old will return to action, as he is still sidelined with an injury.
Tyler Onyango – Forest Green Rovers
The 19-year-old was taken off in the 21st minute against Morecambe, after pulling up injured.
Manager Duncan Ferguson said that it looked a bad one, adding ‘hopefully we’ll see him again this season’. It is not known how long the midfielder is going to be out for.
Lewis Warrington – Fleetwood Town
Warrington played two lots of full 90 minutes for Fleetwood in their recent set of fixtures, a 0-0 draw against 2nd in the table Plymouth Argyle and a 1-0 win against relegation threatened Cambridge United.
The Cod Army have really taken to Warrington, and it is great to see a young player thriving out on loan in a challenging league.
National League North
Harry Tyrer – Chester
Chester have been in action twice since last week, a 1-0 home victory over Boston United and a 1-1 draw away to Gloucester City on Tuesday.
Tyrer continued his fine form, with a clean sheet against Boston, and a string of saves against Gloucester. He is loving life at Chester, again joining in the celebrations with the fans following the win last weekend.
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the league, Tyrer’s loan continues to be a great one. He is in action again this weekend against Bradford (Park Avenue) looking to continue his fantastic form.