Loan Report | Nkounkou Wins Player Of The Month! Onyango Returns To Everton!
Time for another loan report at The Toffee Blues. However, this report will be slightly shorter than previous ones, as a number of loanees did not feature for the respective clubs.
Duncan Ferguson has confirmed that Tyler Onyango has returned to Everton after suffering a hamstring injury at Forest Green. Ferguson said “He’s back at Everton. He got an operation and he is back there rehabilitating. His season, for me, well I don’t know 100%, but I would be surprised if he is back at Forest Green this year. I don’t expect to see him back this season.”
Meanwhile Ryan Astley who is out on loan at Accrington Stanley is on crutches after suffering an ankle injury last month. There are no plans for Astley to return to Everton this season.
Dele was left out of the match day squad altogether by Besiktas. Both Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Joao Virginia were left on the bench for Trabzonspor and SC Cambuur. Gbamin has not featured since the start of February for Trabzonspor while Virginia last played towards the end of January.
Jarrad Branthwaite – PSV Eindhoven – 4th/18
Since the last report, PSV have been in action once, a 1-0 away win at RKC Waalwijk. It was a game in which Eindhoven dominated, and Branthwaite again played the full 90 minutes.
The 20-year-old continues to impress whilst out on loan, with his defensive stability, aerial prowess and even his ability to chip in with a goal every now and again.
It was mentioned in a report a few weeks ago that he has more goals than the Everton frontline combined. That is now, thankfully, not the case, but he has the same amount of goals as Everton’s top scorer in the Premier League, Demarai Gray, with four.
PSV play bottom of the table SC Cambuur on Sunday, with Branthwaite hoping to continue his excellent run of form.
André Gomes – Lille – 6th/20
Gomes played 70 minutes in Lille’s 1-1 draw with fourth place Lens last Saturday. He was brought off in an attacking change by Paulo Fonseca as Lille looked to close the gap to their opponents to one point.
It is likely that Gomes will leave Everton at the end of the season, and a permanent move to Lille could be on the cards. It is a league that suits him perfectly, and one where he can show his true qualities.
Niels Nkounkou – Saint-Étienne – 13th/20
Saint-Étienne stretched their unbeaten run to five games following a 1-1 draw with second place Bordeaux. Nkounkou played the full 90 minutes, impressing once again.
Nkounkou has recently won the Ligue 2 Player of the Month award after an excellent February, in which he scored one goal, and provided four assists in four games.
Many Saint-Étienne fans want the club to sign him permanently, yet it will be interesting to see whether he returns to Everton in the summer, or if the club will try to move him on.
Tom Cannon – Preston North End – 12th/24
Ryan Lowe’s side are another team who have played just the one match since the last report, a 0-0 draw away at Watford. Tom Cannon was brought off the substitutes bench for the last twenty-five minutes of the match.
Many fans were happy to see him introduced, and are hoping to see him back in the starting XI for their game against Cardiff City. Cannon himself will be hoping to get himself on the scoresheet again, following his goal against Wigan Athletic just over two weeks ago.
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Lewis Dobbin – Derby County – 6th/24
Derby are winless in their last two games, throwing the lead away in both. Last Saturday, Dobbin played 97 minutes in their 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury Town, after they led 2-0. Then on Tuesday evening he was brought on in the 61st minute as County lost tow second-place Plymouth Argyle 2-1.
Fans wanted Dobbin to be brought off the bench earlier against Plymouth, as his ball carrying skills can drive them up the pitch and create chances. They said whilst his end product is the greatest, he is a better option than some players who started before him.
Dobbin will be hoping to force himself back into the starting XI for the game against Oxford United at the weekend.
Lewis Gibson – Bristol Rovers – 15th/24
Gibson played the full 90 minutes in Rovers 0-0 draw with Barnsley. It was their second clean sheet in a row after a run of just one in twelve games.
Many fans were impressed with his performance, with one saying ‘Lewis Gibson makes a massive difference with his composure at the back’. Another simply said ‘Lewis Gibson is immense’.
Hopefully his injury problems are behind him and he can kick in and finish the season strongly.
Lewis Warrington – Fleetwood Town – 14th/24
Scott Brown’s side have lost their last two in the league, however Warrington has continued to impress despite the defeats.
His composure in midfield is something that the Cod Army love to see, and they believe that he should start every game until the end of the season. Some fans want him back in loan next season, but this seems unlikely, as Sean Dyche will want to judge Warrington himself, before deciding to either integrate him with the first team, or send him out on loan again.
Harry Tyrer – Chester – 3rd/24th
Chester have continued their terrific form, winning their last two games, with Tyrer taking more plaudits for his performances. In their last game against Kidderminster, he received the MOTM award following his outstanding performances.
There will be no doubt Tyrer will go out on loan again next season, but it seems unlikely given his performances, and Chester’s position in the football league pyramid.