There is a marked difference from last year when the club loaned out 13 players over the course of the two transfer windows. We could yet of course see more outgoing deals in January as the likes of Ellis Simms and Jonjoe Kenny, for sure, will be looking for game time.
Also decisions may be taken to loan out some of our promising youngsters with Anthony Gordon’s name popping up in recent reports. The overall movement in the squad this term however has been much reduced mainly because of the contract expiry last summer of many regular loanees and of course the known difficulty in Everton recruiting new faces.
This season so far there have been five loan deals to other clubs and it is highly unlikely that we will see a mass exodus in January 2022 as we did earlier this year. So how are they all doing?
Neils Nkounkou (Standard Liege) started four games though he has been substituted in three and received one yellow card. The youngster has been used in generally the same area of the pitch, depending on whether Liege is in a 3-4-1-2 or 4-3-1-2 formation. His side are in a lowly 12th place out of 18 sides in the Jupiler League and there should be plenty of opportunities for Nkounkou to prove himself as a regular starter there.
He will have one more year on his current Everton deal when he returns in 2022. He left this year as he “felt ready for senior games”. This deadline day move was perhaps the most surprising of all the outgoing loans given that Thierry Small had signed for Southampton one week earlier and we have no natural left back cover even at the Under 23 level. Hopefully this regular game time will build his confidence and he will return to compete for a place after a few promising displays in 2020/21.
Lewis Gibson (Sheffield Wednesday) after a spell in the treatment room he has started two games but he has been subbed in both. His deal with the Blues expires next summer so there is a probability that he will be free to find another club. He did put in a “polished performance” on his debut according to Yorkshire Live but it is clear that the injury problems that have sadly blighted his Goodison development have not gone away completely.
Gibson is going to need to win a regular spot in the starting lineup to even merit consideration for a contract extension, and as of now it’s looking quite unlikely that he’ll staying in the first team squad next season, if he is still with the club.
Joao Virginia (Sporting CP) He joined Sporting on 25th August and is yet to make a first team appearance but has been on the bench for seven games including some Champions League games. His contract with the Blues does not expire until 2024 but there was a reported option to buy included in the loan deal.
Although Everton would make a small profit having signed him from Arsenal on a free transfer, some Evertonians will be disappointed if he does indeed leave as he did not let himself down in his three first team appearances last season. He has also only just celebrated his 22nd birthday so he does still have plenty of time to improve his level.
Nathan Broadhead (Sunderland) has made three starts scoring once, came on as sub three times and has been an unused sub twice. He will have one more year on his current Everton deal when he returns.
The forward has made a very good start at the Stadium of Light and the fans have really taken to him although in his last game he suffered a hamstring injury which is likely to put him on the sidelines for a spell. He made his long awaited Everton debut last season and scored 11 goals in 18 appearances for the Under 23 team so clearly has ability however now that he is 23 and has a taste for first team football he may well want to continue his career elsewhere. Time will tell.
Moise Kean (Juventus) Our biggest “name” in our outgoing loans this year. Much like his earlier career with the Old Lady, most of his appearances this season have been from the bench (five times). He has made two starts scoring one goal but has been subbed on both occasions. He has also regained a place in the national team squad so on a personal level, following his successful spell at Paris St Germain last season, Kean’s career and progress are back on an upward trajectory.
Having disappointingly scored just four goals in his 38 appearances for the Blues it is highly unlikely we will see him at Goodison again as he has failed to convince three different permanent managers in that time. His loan was of course a two-year deal with a reported conditional obligation to buy. If those terms of the purchase are met we need not be concerned that in 2023 he would have had one year remaining on his contract.