Hello, and welcome back to another edition of loan round-ups, we hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As we reach the end of the busy festive period, let’s recap on how the Blues plying their trade away from Goodison are fairing.
Harry Tyrer – Chesterfield- 1st out of 24
Tyrer marked his return to the side with three wins from four, as Chesterfield’s promotion charge intensifies.
The goalkeeper had been rested for the Spireites’ previous two fixtures (both in the cup), but has been an ever-present in all league games since.
Back-to back victories at Hartlepool United and Aldershot Town helped the league leaders gain a significant advantage over second place Bromley, sitting seven points clear of the Ravens with two games in hand.
The 22-year-old’s clean sheet again Pools’ was his fifth of the season as he continues to impress in the National League.
The Crosby-born stopper has racked up 24 appearances so far this season, building on his 47 made at Chester last campaign.
Neal Maupay – Brentford- 16th out of 20
Brentford suffered a miserable run of form through December, as they slid to 16th after five successive defeats.
Maupay managed an assist in the Bees’ 4-1 home defeat to Wolves, but that’s been as good as it’s got for the striker, with the West London club now nervously looking over their shoulders.
The 27-year-old has started in three of the five defeats, however game time will likely be reduced soon, with Ivan Toney returning from his gambling ban on January 17th.
Their dismal run of form did capture the standout moment of Maupay’s loan, though, as his in-game spat with Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was certainly a talking point a few weeks back.
The heated contest saw 12 players carded, with the Frenchman predictably at the heart of it all.
Mason Holgate – Southampton- 3rd out of 24
Holgate’s stint at St. Mary’s continues to be a disappointing one, with the 27-year-old being an unused substitute for ten consecutive games.
Rumours around a loan termination have further intensified, as he struggles to break into Russell Martin’s first-choice backline.
Southampton are enjoying a remarkable 17-game unbeaten run, making it near impossible for the defender to regain his place in the side.
The former England u21 international wasn’t in the squad at all in their most recent fixture, as Everton seem poised to recall the struggling centre-half.
Lewis Warrington – Plymouth Argyle- 18th out of 24
Similarly to Holgate, Warrington’s loan has been a frustrating one, with a recall in January appearing likely.
The midfielder returned to Finch Farm this week for a knee injury to be assessed, however if rumours are believed, the academy graduate will not be heading back to Devon.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played since September, whilst Argyle sit 18th.
Stanley Mills- Oxford United- 6th out of 24
Mills’ fruitful loan spell in Oxfordshire continued over December, as he registered a further three assists and a handful of strong performances.
The winger has been in electric form of late, managing assists in three consecutive games, as he wreaks havoc down the U’s right hand side.
The 20-year-old has now played 26 games this season, consistently impressing at the Kassam Stadium.
Oxford, however, have slipped to sixth, as their push for promotion has seemingly taken a hit.
Reece Welch- Forest Green Rovers- 24th out of 24
Welch was recalled by Everton this week, after a challenging loan spell at Forest Green Rovers.
The 20-year-old defender lost his place in the side following an error against Grimbsy Town last month, and ends his time in Gloucestershire with 23 appearances.
Rovers find themselves at the foot of the League Two table after 24 games, whilst Welch’s future after the recall is unknown.
National League North:
Zan-Luk Leban – Farsley Celtic- 15th out of 24
Leban continues to impress on loan, as he produced a handful of solid displays throughout December, with Celtic five points off the play-offs in 15th.
The Slovenian stopper recorded his seventh clean sheet of the season against Gloucester City, before suffering back-to-back 2-0 defeats against league leaders Scunthorpe United.
The goalkeeper is back in action on Saturday, away to seventh placed Curzon Ashton.