Sport Everton Loan Recap: April Report | Mixed Bag
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The season is drawing to a close, so we’re reaching a point where we can say if our players out on loan have had beneficial experiences or not.
So, how have our lads got on away from Goodison Park?
Well, it’s been a mixed bag…
Moise Kean – PSG
It was a summer loan move that raised no shortage of eyebrows. After all, how can you go from anfringe player to rocking up at the finalists?
Well, somehow, Moise Kean has made it work. The 21-year-old striker has been deployed regularly as a striker and on the right-wing for PSG, lining up with the likes of Neymar and Mbappe, bagging 16 goals in 36 appearances.
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His game time has reduced under Mauricio Pochetinno, though, and has seen just one minute of action in PSG’s last three games.
He did bag in April though, scoring in the 4-1 win over Strasbourg.
What does the future hold for Kean? It’s hard to say. He’ll likely want to leave Everton, but will anyone want to splash out over £30 million for him, with pursestrings potentially tight this summer?
Nathan Markelo – Twente
It’s not been pretty for Markelo. He’s made 10 appearances for Twente this season, all of which have been short cameos from the bench.
The 22-year-old still has over a year left on his Everton contract though.
Dennis Adeniran – Wycombe Wanderers
Adeniran was brought in from the cold at Wycombe in April, starting all six of his team’s games, three of which they won.
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Sadly, though, Wycombe are all but relegated heading into their last game of the season, unless they can overturn a three-point and 11-goal difference deficit.
It’s been a decent move for Adeniran, but he’s not set the world alight either and with the 22-year-olds Everton contract up in the summer, it will be time for him to find a new home.
Lewis Gibson – Reading
After a great loan spell at Fleetwood last season, Lewis Gibson has struggled to kick on after a move to the Championship.
The 20-year-old has seen some action, but he’s not been overly convincing when called upon either at centre-back or left-back.
He still has another year on his Everton contract and will likely be given another chance to impress in the Championship next year.
Callum Connolly – Fleetwood Town
Has been an ever-present for Fleetwood since returning to Highbury in October and has been captaining the side since February.
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Connolly turns 24 in September, though, and with his Everton contract up in the summer, it’s time for him to move on. He shouldn’t be short of League One and Championship suitors, though.
Theo Walcott –
Returned to action in April after a two-month hamstring lay-off. Bagged an assist against Burnley.
Everton contract up in the summer.
Jarrad Branthwaite – Blackburn Rovers
An initially positive loan move has turned sour for Branthwaite.
The 18-year-old started his first nine games for Blackburn but then was dropped to the bench for the next nine.
He was reinstated to the line-up for a 2-1 win over Derby, but then sadly picked up a season-ending injury in training just days later.
This lad’s full of quality, though, and will likely be back for another crack at the Championship next season before trying to break into the Everton first-team.
Matthew Pennington – Shrewsbury Town
Been a key played for the past few months for Shrewsbury, and has even been amongst the goals recently.
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The 26-year-old’s Everton contract finally expires this summer though and he’ll surely be moving on. Again, should have his pick of League One clubs to choose from.
Ellis Simms - Blackpool
Two more goals for Simms in April (and two great strikes), but with a total of five goals in 19 appearances, he’s not exactly been prolific.
However, he only turned 20 in January and still has time on his side. Another loan move to League One in which he grabs the league by the scruff of its next is vital for him next season.
Yannick Bolasie – Middlesbrough
Really started to kick on for Boro in April, chipping in with three goals and two assists from six appearances.
Another whose Everton’s contract expires in the summer, but he’s definitely still capable of causing real problems in the Championship if he can stay fit.
Beni Baningime – Derby County
Seen just 93 minutes of action at Derby and nothing since 2nd March.
Derby are in real trouble under Wayne Rooney and Baningime has endured another difficult loan spell. One more year on his Everton contract.
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Cenk Tosun – Besiktas
Nightmare for Cenk. He scored two goals in a 28-minute cameo before picking up an knee injury which ruled him out for six weeks. Returned for two games (bagging a goal and an assist) before rupturing his patella which will keep him out for months. Can’t catch a break.
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Kenny has one more year on his Everton contract and, at 24, it’s time for him to move on in the summer.
Anthony Gordon – Preston North End
Has fallen out of favour at Deepdale after Preston sacked their managed and switched to a 3-5-2 system which doesn’t suit him, with Gordon featured just twice from the bench in April.
It’s been an underwhelming move for Gordon who was hoping to make his case for a serious place in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad next season. Instead, he might have to return to the Championship for another loan in order to make his case.
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