‘Premium’ spells, injury nightmares and what happened to Everton loan stars this season

Everton will undoubtedly have a busy transfer window ahead of them, both in terms of entries and exits.

It is clear that Rafa Benitez has to add quality to certain areas of his team if he is to help his team have a better second half of the campaign than the first.

But that could all depend on the players leaving the club, whether it’s permanent deals or big loans to facilitate their development.

Over the summer, five players temporarily left Goodison Park to see if they could get more opportunities than expected in Merseyside.

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So we’ve taken a look at each of their spells so far, to see how well they’re going.

Lewis gibson

The first player to leave the club on loan this summer, Lewis Gibson reportedly hoped his last temporary stay away from Everton would lead to more joy than last year.

He hasn’t had ideal opportunities with Reading but with Sheffield Wednesday this term things might have been a bit different.

Unfortunately, however, the injuries put an end to that.

After playing just 90 minutes of football over two matches for his temporary side, the center-back has returned to Finch Farm for treatment on his latest issue.

But there is at least some hope on the horizon for the talented defender based on recent quotes from Darren Moore.

The Sheffield Wednesday manager believes Gibson’s rehabilitation is going much better than expected, and he could be back with the Owls earlier than expected in January.

Moore said [via Sheffield Star ]: “We are still in discussion with him, but he has made giant strides. With that injury, we were probably looking more towards February, so he’s progressing wonderfully right now. ”

Fingers crossed, the 21-year-old can be back on the pitch as soon as possible and he can finally put that latest injury nightmare behind him for good.

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Nathan Broadhead

One player who certainly turns heads in his loan spell is Nathan Broadhead.

The forward was injured early in his time at Sunderland, but has turned into a crucial member of Lee Johnson’s offense since returning from the hamstring issue.

The 23-year-old has scored five goals in as many appearances, bringing his campaign tally to seven overall, as the Black Cats continue their promotional campaign.

After his equalizer scored a point at Ipswich Town on Saturday, fans took to social media to single out Everton’s ‘top quality’ lender.

And his manager has also spoken about his desire to stay ahead as long as possible.

He said Live Chronicle : “The important thing with Nathan is that he has this series of games, he played extremely well, and I think he’s having a really good time, so let’s keep our fingers crossed with that one [that he will be allowed to stay]. ”

Sunderland has no option to automatically turn the loan into a permanent deal, but there is a clause that means the Blues could potentially recall it in January.

With his loan going so well, however, it doesn’t seem likely that it will – as he needs as much senior football as he can muster right now.

Joao virginie

Joao Virginia had to wait a bit to get his chance when he returned to Portugal.

In fact, the Everton keeper still hasn’t made a league appearance for Sporting CP since joining them temporarily in the summer transfer window.

He has, however, made numerous Cup appearances for them – including most recently keeping a clean sheet in their Allianz Cup win over Penafiel last week.

It was the second time he has managed to keep the ball completely out of the net in five appearances in all competitions so far this season.

His most high-profile game of the campaign came earlier this month as he played all 90 minutes of Sporting’s clash with Ajax to end Group C of the Champions League.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t inspire his team to victory as they lost 4-2 – but they still progressed by finishing second, behind the Dutch team and ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

Virginia has the option of making her loan permanent at the end of the campaign, with manager Ruben Amorim admitting there is “a decision” to be made about her.

We will have to wait and see on this front.

Moise kean

Of course, there isn’t really a decision to be made about Moise Kean’s future.

The Italy international will be required to make his transfer to Juventus permanent at the end of the 2022/23 season, as long as the “achievement of certain given sporting goals” is achieved.

However, he’s still ranking as a lender at this point, so he’s making the list for now.

The 21-year-old has often been in and out of Juventus’ starting lineup for much of the season so far, arguably contributing to his scoring comeback of just three in all competitions.

The most recent of his goals came against Malmö in the Champions League, his goal earlier this month proving to be the difference as Juventus clinched a 1-0 victory to put them at the top of their group – ahead of Chelsea.

This is the first of a two-year loan for Kean before his move to the Serie A giants became permanent.

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Niels Nkounkou

Realistically, Niels Nkounkou could look at the current situation of Everton’s left-back with some interest.

The defender left the club to join Standard de Liège on loan at the end of the summer, in search of more regular playing time to continue his development.

As it happened, that could have been the case at Goodison Park this season – but of course he was not to know that.

Nkounkou has been a regular at his temporary side’s left-back throughout the campaign so far, starting most of their matches in the Belgian Pro League.

He has yet to score or record a defense assist this quarter, but in an interview with local media in November, he spoke of his desire to boost his stats now that he has more minutes left. active.

Realistically, he left the Blues this summer for the opportunity to play senior football on a regular basis, and he is achieving that so far in his spell.

It is not clear whether there is a clause to bring the defender back in January, but with Everton’s interest in Vitaliy Mykolenko that has come to light in recent days, the idea could fade somewhat.

Dorothy H. Lewis