Loan Watch is a feature where we’ll take a look at how all the players who have left the club on a temporary basis are doing at their respective clubs. The names listed below will surely not be all of the ones who will be leaving this Summer, as Marco and Silva look to cut down their squad. Let’s take a look at those who have already gone this transfer window, and how they’ve done in their games so far.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic)
Following a successful spell at Bolton Wanderers last season, many Blues were calling for the USA international to be given a chance in the first team as support for the ageing Leighton Baines. However following the signing of Lucas Digne from FC Barcelona, Robinson was sent on loan to Wigan Athletic. Playing in a competitive match just 24 hours after joining is quite a task, however the 20-year-old slotted in seamlessly to the Latics’ starting eleven, showing plenty of promise and pace on the overlap. Robinson played 90 minutes as Wigan beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 on the opening day of the Championship season.
Luke Garbutt (Oxford United)
Another young left-back sent out on loan, Garbutt also played 90 minutes, but was on the wrong end of a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Barnsley in League One. He did, however, make a last-ditch block to deny a first goal for Barnsley early on. Consolation?
Ashley Williams (Stoke City)
Plenty of Evertonians were glad to see the back of the Welshman after he was named as one of the players deemed surplus to requirements by Marco Silva, and Stoke fans didn’t see anything of their new centre-back during their 3-1 loss to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds. Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi were preferred.
Henry Onyekuru (Galatasaray)
After failing to gain a work permit last season and some conflict with former loan club Anderlecht over the matter, Onyekuru left for the Turkish side early this summer. He didn’t appear for their first two friendlies, but hit the ground running in his first appearance, scoring off the bench against Valencia just seven minutes into his cameo. Valencia won the game 2-1, so Onyekuru’s debut goal proved only a consolation. The Nigerian was handed a starting place for their next match against Sakaryaspor, in which he helped his team win 3-0. He scored a stoppage time winner and the only goal of a 0-1 win against Club Africain, before starting again in a 3-2 defeat against AEK Athens. The winger was dropped to the bench for their first competitive game of the season, however, in which they lost out on penalties to Akhisar.