Loan Report | Start Of The Season, Goals Galore and Champions League
With the season underway, here at The Toffee Blues we are going to be doing a weekly round-up of all Everton players out on loan and how they are progressing at their respective clubs.
Currently, there are nine players out on loan, though this could grow by the end of the transfer window.
Ryan Astley – Accrington Stanley
Defender Ryan Astley joined League One outfit Accrington Stanley on 13 July 2022. The 20-year-old, who won the Premier League 2 with Everton under 23’s in 2019, has played three games for his loan club.
He made his debut on 7 August, earning a clean sheet in a 1-0 over Shrewsbury. He scored a goal in a 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers in the Carabao Cup, though Stanley went on to lose the games on penalties.
The Welshman, who captains the under 21s at national level, will be looking to build on his good form for the under 23s last season, with the hope of eventually breaking into the Everton first-team squad.
Jarrad Branthwaite – PSV Eindhoven
One surprise of the transfer window was the exit of Jarrad Branthwaite to top Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. The 20-year-old, who has made ten first-team appearances for the Blues, scoring one goal, made the move to the side that now have former Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands as their CEO.
He has made a handful of appearances for the Boeren reserve team, but made his first-team debut as a substitute in the second-half of extra-time in the dramatic 4-3 aggregate win over Monaco in the Champions League qualifying round. He has also been included in the first-team squad for the next tie against Rangers.
Branthwaite moved in order to get regular senior minutes, with Everton hoping he plays a big part in PSV’s inevitable hunt for the Eredivisie title.
Nathan Broadhead – Wigan Athletic
Nathan Broadhead joined the Latics on 9 August, and played the final fifteen minutes of their 1-1 draw with Bristol City.
It was a quiet debut for the former Sunderland loanee, and having signed a new two-year contract with the Toffees, it will be interesting to see how he gets on in the Championship.
Lewis Dobbin – Derby County
Promising forward Lewis Dobbin joined Liam Rosenior’s Derby County for the 2022/23 season. He made his debut as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic.
The Rams, who were relegated under former Everton player Wayne Rooney last season, have started the season well, and Dobbin has impressed County’s fans with his performances so far.
Big things are expected of Dobbin, who is one of the Blues most prized youth assets, and he will be looking to hit the ground running in a challenging league soon.
Lewis Gibson – Bristol Rovers
Gibson, another member of the victorious Everton under-23 team in 2019, has joined Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers for the season.
He made his debut in the 77th minute, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Oxford United.
It is the 22-year-old’s fourth loan spell of his career, and hopefully a full season in a competitive league will serve him well and he will be able to make the switch to the Premier League, whether it is with Everton or another team.
Tyler Onyango – Burton Albion
On 27 July 2022, Onyango joined League One side Burton Albion, his first loan move of his career. Since making the move, he has started two out of three league games, though was an unused substitute at the weekend in the 4-4 draw with Accrington Stanley.
Onyango is only a young man at 18 and regular first team football will do him a great deal of good, more so than the under 21s arguably. Hopefully in the coming weeks he can show the promise that Evertonians have seen in his brief first-team appearances.
Ellis Simms – Sunderland
Ellis Simms has made a blistering start to his Sunderland career. Simms, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Hearts, joined on 29 July 2022.
It had been thought that Simms would again join Blackpool on loan, but they missed out and he joined the Black Cats. And it looks as if they have really missed out this season.
Simms has quickly become a fan favourite amongst the Sunderland supporters, with many claiming that they now have a proper striker. He also sits joint top scorer in the Championship, having scored three goals in the opening two games. His goals per game ratio of 1.81 is the highest in the league.
Simms has proved himself on his two previous loans and has hit the ground running straight away at his new club. Did the Toffees make a mistake by letting him go out on loan without sufficient backup for striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin?
Harry Tyrer – Chester
Goalkeeper Tyrer has been with Everton since the age of seven and established himself in the under 18s in the 2018/19 season, before joining the under 23s the following campaign.
He joined Chester to gain regular first-team minutes and to test himself in a completely different environment to that of youth football.
He made his debut in a 2-2 draw to Alfreton Town in the first game of the National League season, but kept his first clean sheet of the campaign at the weekend in a 2-0 win over Brackley Town.
Hopefully Tyrer will gain some new skills and confidence whilst out on loan, and he may become Everton’s number one in a few years.
João Virgínia – SC Cambuur
Portuguese goalkeeper João Virgínia joined Eredivisie side SC Cambuur at the start of the 2022/23 season. The club, who play their football in the north of the Netherlands, finished ninth last season after being promoted the season before.
The 22-year-old, who joined Everton from Arsenal in the summer of 2018, will be hoping that his current loan spell goes better than his last, a disastrous spell at Reading in the Championship.
Cambuur have started the current campaign with a 0-0 draw (this weekend) and 2-0 defeat in the opening weekend of the season. However, Virgínia was in inspired form for his loan club at the weekend, making a number of vital saves to earn his side a point.
Everton will be hoping he performs well as he could either become their number two option when Asmir Begović, who will be 36 at the end of the current campaign, eventually retires or moves clubs.
Failing that, the Club will be able to sell him for a good profit and reinvest that money in the first-team squad.