It is time for another loan round-up at The Toffee Blues. The past few weeks we have seen debuts, goals and even some injuries for the Blues players out on loan. All will be covered in this week’s article.
Ryan Astley – Accrington Stanley
Since the last round-up, Astley had featured in two games in four days for Stanley. The first was a 2-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town last Saturday, and the second was a 2-1 away defeat to Forest Green Rovers.
Their game against Lincoln City was postponed due to the death of The Queen, as were all games around the country.
He also played midweek in the 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers, meaning Stanley have lost their last three games.
Although Astley has been on the wrong side of results in the last ten days, speaking to Accrington Stanley, he said ‘it’s good to get some men’s football week in week out. I am learning all the time’.
Despite the results, it is great to see how much Astley is getting out of the loan, and Everton will hope that he continues to learn and develop for the duration.
Jarrad Branthwaite – PSV Eindhoven
Branthwaite was an unused substitute in PSV’s games against FC Twente, a league game which they lost 2-1, and a draw to FK Bodø/Glimt in the Europa League.
He did however come on as a substitute against RKC Waalwijk, replacing Ki-Jan Hoever in the 58th minute.
Despite only playing thirty minutes over the last three games, Branthwaite will no doubt learn a lot and improve as a player, playing under Ruud van Nistelrooy and Marcel Brands.
It would also suggest that he is now firmly within the first-team setup and could start getting more minutes as the season progresses.
Nathan Broadhead – Wigan Athletic
Nathan Broadhead is still awaiting his first start for Wigan Athletic after coming on as a substitute in their last two, 2-1 away wins against Luton Town and Huddersfield Town.
He came on in the 85th minute against Huddersfield for match winner Calum Lang, who is currently keeping Broadhead out of the team.
The forward has made five appearances so far for the Latics and will be hoping to progress as a player in a challenging league.
The 24-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Toffees in the summer, so Everton could potentially cash in on the player at the end of this loan deal.
Dele – Besiktas
Dele made the move to Turkey on deadline day after being deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard this season.
He played 78 minutes in his first game for Besiktas and made his second appearance last Sunday, scoring his first goal for the Super Eagles in a 3-2 win over Ankaragücü. However the midfielder was injured in the 66th minute and had to be replaced.
The 26-year-old picked up a thigh strain and is expected to be out for around two weeks.
Dele has made a bright start to life in Turkey, long may it continue.
Lewis Dobbin – Derby County
Lewis Dobbin continues to impress out on loan at Derby County. Although he only came off the bench against Plymouth, many Rams fans were impressed with his cameo despite the overall team performance.
His brief substitute appearance was enough to earn him a start against Lincoln City on Tuesday, but he was brought off in the 53rd minute, with County falling to a 2-0 defeat.
Everton will be looking at Dobbin’s progression at Derby and will certainly be happy with what they have been seeing and reading online.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin made a deadline day move to Trabzonspor in the Turkish Süper Lig. The Ivorian, who has had a nightmare career at Everton plagued by injuries, made his first start for the club in a 1-0 win last Friday.
He also featured in their Europa League group game against Ferencváros, but was brought off at half-time. Trabzonspor went on to lose the match 3-2.
He started the last league game against Adana Demirspor, but was booked in the first-half and again taken off at half-time. He was not in the Europa League squad against Crvena Zvezda, potentially meaning that he still must be working his way to full fitness.
It is evident now more than ever, with the arrivals of Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gana Gueye, that Gbamin does not have a future at Everton anymore, and the Club should be looking to cash in at the end of this loan spell.
Lewis Gibson – Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers have only played two games since the last round-up, a 2-2 draw with Morecambe and a 2-0 defeat to Ipswich Town, with the Gasworks having both central defenders sent off at Portman Road.
But Gibson was not in the match day squad for either game, after picking up a calf injury, though it is not known how long he will be out for.
André Gomes – Lille
He came on as a substitute in the 59th minute in the 3-1 win against Montpellier and was booked in the 86th.
He was also brought on as a substitute in the 65th minute in the 2-1 defeat to Marseille. But some Marseille fans were not impressed with Gomes’s performance, saying that he is ‘slow in movement, not aggressive enough and he does not influence the game much’.
However, this is a little harsh as he had yet to feature for the Blues this season so he will not be at full match fitness yet.
As mentioned in the last round-up many Evertonians will wish him the best of luck in France.
Niels Nkounkou – Cardiff City
Niels Nkounkou has made four appearances for Cardiff City since his season-long loan move to the South Wales club.
His latest was in the 3-2 victory away to Middlesbrough, coming on in the 65th minute.
The feeling amongst the Bluebirds faithful is that Nkounkou, so far, has been a good loan signing. But some fans have noticed the same traits Evertonians had, tweeting that he is ‘good going forward, but very poor defensively’.
Everton will be monitoring his progress out on loan following the arrival of Rúben Vinagre. If he has a successful time at Cardiff and impresses, there is no reason why he cannot force his way into the first-team setup and challenge Vitaliy Mykolenko for the left-back position.
Tyler Onyango – Burton Albion
Onyango came on for the last fifteen minutes in Albion’s loss to Oxford United last Saturday. He also did not feature at all in the 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening.
The argument remains though, how is Onyango going to develop as a player if he is only getting 15-20 minutes a game? Everton will be monitoring his situation and could recall him if the situation does not improve.
Ellis Simms – Sunderland
Simms featured in Sunderland’s last games against Middlesbrough and Reading, but failed to find the net again, after netting three in his first two.
However, he limped off in the 3-0 win against Reading with an injured toe, though Tony Mowbray confirmed that it is not broken and he could yet feature in tomorrow’s game against Watford.
Harry Tyrer – Chester
Tyrer played the full 90 minutes in Chester’s 3-3 draw against King’s Lynn Town. The 20-year-old was part of the Chester side that fought back from 3-0 down to draw.
After conceding three goals in the first-half, Tyrer was in spirited form to then keep a clean sheet in the second-half.
He also kept a clean sheet on Tuesday evening against rivals Southport, with many fans singling out his performance.
He has impressed a lot out on loan, Everton will certainly be happy with how he is performing.
Joao Virgínia – SC Cambuur
SC Cambuur have lost their last two games since the last report, a 4-0 defeat to Ajax, and a 1-0 home defeat to Groningen. Virgínia played both games.
Despite the result against Groningen, Virgínia himself played well and is starting to convince more fans of his credentials.
Lewis Warrington – Fleetwood Town
Lewis Warrington made his debut off the bench for Fleetwood Town in their 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.
And many Cods fans were impressed with the 19-year-old, with many saying that he was the best Fleetwood player when he came on and that he changed the game.
He made his full debut in the 1-0 away win against Peterborough United, again impressing and being hailed for his instant impact.
Assistant head coach, Steve Whittaker said of Warrington ‘he was fantastic … it is great to see him play like that and he just needs to match those levels week in, week out’.
It is clear to see why Frank Lampard was impressed with him in pre-season and why he thought it necessary to send him out on loan.
Warrington is surely an Everton starter in the near future and this loan spell will certainly do him the world of good.