It is Friday, which means it is time for another loan roundup here at The Toffee Blues. The past week has seen more impressive performances, with some youngsters beginning to kick on at their loan clubs.
However, some players have fallen out of favour completely at their respective clubs, and their loans look to be effectively over.
Again, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Joao Virginia did not feature for their clubs, whilst Dele’s loan at Besiktas is definitely over.
Dele – Besiktas – 3rd/19
Although Dele did not feature again for Besiktas, there has been a significant development this week.
Besiktas manager Şenol Güneş has ‘banished’ him from the first-team, and is making him watch the remaining games of the season from the stands until he returns to the Blues.
This marks a new low in Dele’s career, as it was only in January when many people thought he had turned a corner. He still has one year left on his contract, so with his loan effectively over, it is essentially a mystery what is next in his career.
Jarrad Branthwaite – PSV Eindhoven – 4th/18
Branthwaite continued his run in the PSV team, in a 5-2 win over SC Cambuur. The 20-year-old also had a goal ruled out by VAR, which would have taken his tally to four goals.
Questions still remain if PSV will look to make the move permanent, but Branthwaite has spoken to Everton manager Sean Dyche. He said ‘he [Dyche] introduced himself, asked me how I am doing and how things are here at PSV. It was a personal conversation, which I really appreciate’.
The defender went on to say ‘I am open to staying here in Eindhoven. But I am under contract with Everton, which is a fantastic club … we will see what my decision will be’. The Toffees will be hoping to keep hold of Branthwaite, and should be looking to make him their first choice centre-back next season.
André Gomes – Lille – 6th/20
Gomes played the full 97 minutes of Lille’s entertaining 3-3 draw with tenth-placed Lyon. Paulo Fonseca’s side are still pushing for a European spot, with Gomes at the heart of the midfield.
This loan move has been successful in a number of aspects. Gomes has got regular minutes, something which he was never going to get at Everton, and Lille are reportedly very interested in making the move permanent.
They are in action against eleventh-placed Toulouse at the weekend, with Gomes looking to put in another fine performance to help Lille get back to winning ways.
Niels Nkounkou – Saint-Étienne 13th/20
Niels Nkounkou continued his fine run of form, as Saint-Étienne extended their unbeaten run with a 1-1 draw at home to Amiens.
Nkounkou got the equaliser in the 76th minute, to ensure Saint-Étienne came away with a point. Some fans even noted that his defensive capabilities are improving, and he is becoming a more well-rounded player.
Fans are also hoping that their club can raise the funds to sign him at the end of the season, but it will be up to Sean Dyche to decide his future when he returns from the loan spell.
Tom Cannon – Preston North End – 11th/24
Tom Cannon seems to be really enjoying his time on Lancashire at the minute, after the striker scored two goals in his last two games.
Goals against Cardiff City and Rotherham United means he has now taken his tally to three for the season, and his impressive form has seen him earn a call-up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21s team.
Cannon is now reaping the rewards for his hardworking performances, and could be a vital player in Preston North End’s chances of reaching the play-off places in May.
English Football League One
Lewis Dobbin – Derby County – 5th/24
Dobbin only came on in the 87th minute of the Rams 3-2 victory over Oxford United. He has not started the past two games.
The 20-year-old will be looking to force himself back into the starting line-up for Saturday’s game against Fleetwood Town.
Lewis Gibson – Bristol Rovers 14th/24
Bristol Rovers tasted defeat for the first time in three games, following a 2-0 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers. It was another game where Gibson played the full 90 minutes.
Since Gibson came back into the side, Joey Barton’s side have looked a lot more secure at the back, Gibson’s presence being a big part of that. The Pirates fans have even noted themselves that they look a lot better at the back when he is playing.
Gibson will be looking to continue his run of form in the side when Bristol Rovers face Portsmouth on Saturday.
Lewis Warrington – Fleetwood Town – 16th/24
Warrington was substituted at half-time in Fleetwood Town’s 1-1 draw with Port Vale. The midfielder has started the past ten games for Scott Brown’s side.
Fleetwood are in action against Derby County at the weekend, Warrington will be hoping to play more than 45 minutes in this game.
Harry Tyrer – Chester – 3rd/24
Chester tasted defeat for the first time in eight games on Tuesday going down 1-0 at home to Peterborough Sports.
Tyrer did not have an awful lot to do in the game, but could not stop the penalty which gave Peterborough Sports their win.
Tyrer and Chester will be looking to get back to winning ways at the weekend, and continue their push for promotion.