Hello and welcome back to another loan round-up. It’s been a strange few weeks writing these reports, with three of Everton’s loanees being recalled to the club! Lewis Warrington and Stanley Mills were forced to return due to injuries, whilst Reece Welch was brought back to Finch Farm after losing his place at Forest Green Rovers. Just four remain plying their trade away from Goodison now, so let’s take a look at how they’re getting on…
Harry Tyrer- Chesterfield- 1st out of 24
Tyrer’s loan spell at Chesterfield has continued to be a successful one into 2024, with the Spireites sitting eight points clear at the top of the National League.
The goalkeeper was rested for their cup games against Watford and Welling United, but was back between the sticks last week, in back-to-back victories over Gateshead and Altrincham.
The 22-year-old is back in action on Saturday, as Chesterfield take on third placed Barnet, looking to stretch their lead as league leaders to 15 points.
Neal Maupay- Brentford- 16th out of 20
Brentford are still waiting for their first league fixture of 2024, but this didn’t stop Neal Maupay from enjoying his most successful month in front of goal in over two years, notching two goals against Wolves in the FA Cup.
The initial Third Round tie ended in a 1-1 draw, with Maupay’s left-footed strike giving Brentford the lead, only for Tommy Doyle to cancel it out early in the second half.
The Bees were eventually knocked out by Wolves after a replay, but the Frenchman was on the scoresheet again, as his instinctive finish almost burst the net and handed Thomas Frank’s side a 2-1 lead.
With Ivan Toney now back fit, it is likely Maupay’s game time will be limited, although his recent performances suggest he is more than capable of playing an important role in the second half of the season.
More than can be said for his time at Everton…
Mason Holgate- Southampton- 3rd out of 24
Holgate returned to the bench last weekend, as the Saints recorded another 4-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
The defender was handed a start for the first time since November in last week’s FA Cup tie against Walsall, but was back on the bench for their clash against the Owls.
Victory over Wednesday extends Southampton’s unbeaten run to 20 matches, as they close in on second placed Ipswich Town.
As for Holgate, the 27-year-old appears no closer to playing a regular part in their automatic promotion charge, having not featured at all in the league for 11 games.
The loanee’s next appearance will likely come against Watford in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
National League North:
Zan-Luk Leban- Farsley Celtic- 14th out of 24
Leban made it nine clean sheets in 23 this weekend, as Celtic recorded a 2-0 win at home to Scarborough Athletic.
The Slovenia youth international has had a strong campaign so far, and although his side sit 14th in the table, they are just six points adrift of a play-off spot.
The goalkeeper is back in action on Saturday against Rushall Olympic.