Everton 2021/22 season loan recap: How was the loan blues?

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It was a tough old season at Goodison Park. But do any Everton players find success in 2021/22?

I followed the eight Blues players on loan this season to follow their development. There has been some very interesting progress and there could well be a first-team opportunity at Everton waiting for three or four of these players.

So let’s go…

Niels Nkounkou – Standard Liege

Although Vitalii Mykolenko may have won Evertonians’ hearts in recent months with some improving performances, left-back remains a problematic position for the Blues.

The Ukrainian is a very good defender, but he doesn’t offer much going forward – the occasional spectacular volley aside. Nkounkou – 21 – is at the other end of the scale. He is a real threat going forward, but there are big questions hanging over him defensively.

But after a first season on loan at Belgian Standard Liège, is the Frenchman ready to join the Goodison Park first team and compete with Mykolenko? In truth, his loan spell wasn’t exactly spectacular.

Nkounkou has started 24 of a possible 34 league games for Liège – who finished a modest 14e in the 18-team Belgian League – plus a few cup appearances. Unfortunately, he failed to register a single goal or assist during the season.

Under normal circumstances, another loan (ideally in the Championship) would be preferable for Nkounkou, but with extremely tight financial resources at Goodison this summer, he could well find himself in the first-team picture next season. This summer will be a great opportunity for him to make a good impression with Frank Lampard.

Appearances: 26(5), Goals: 0, Assists: 0

For all intents and purposes, Kean is no longer an Everton player. He has just completed the first season of a two-year loan at Juve, which ends with an obligation to buy the player. However, after a lackluster season in Turin, there are rumors that Juventus are trying to find a way out of this deal by either not taking the front or flipping it to another side with PSG who would be interested. Only time will tell if they will find a way to do it.

The 22-year-old has scored six goals for Juve in 42 appearances – although only 11 of them have been starts. He therefore has an average of one goal every 229 minutes (i.e. one goal every 2.5 games). Not good not bad.

Appearances: 11(31), Goals: 6, Assists: 3

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Jean-Philippe Gbamin – CSKA Moscow

The elusive Gbamin left Les Bleus for Russia in early February – just days before the invasion of Ukraine. Despite the less than ideal circumstances, Gbamin performed quite well in Moscow, starting every game he was available for (aside from a one-match suspension after picking up five yellow cards), while scoring twice. and pocketing a few. assists as CSKA Moscow finished the season in fifth place.

Led by persistent rumors that he seemed to enjoy Moscow’s nightlife much more than was expected of a professional footballer, he seemed to lose importance for CSKA towards the end of the season.

Although the loan could be considered somewhat successful, CSKA did not exercise their option to buy him. So back at Everton, he’ll be back this summer and it would be a surprise if he doesn’t leave against next season – either temporarily or permanently.

Appearances: 13(0), Goals: 2, Assists: 2

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Joao Virginia – Sporting Lisbon

Another player whose temporary club had an ‘option to buy’ which was not exercised, although Sporting reportedly would like Virginia to return on another loan after playing as a substitute for Adrian Adan last season .

Virginia did not make a league appearance until the last game of the season, but secured seven cup appearances, including a 4-2 loss to Ajax in the Champions League.

The 22-year-old has two years left on his contract at Everton but it’s hard to see a future for him at the club.

Appearances: 7(0), Conceded: 7, Clean Sheets: 4

Nathan Broadhead – Sunderland

A few eyebrows were raised when Broadhead was granted a contract extension last summer. Not because he’s not talented (he is), but because he was 23 and had yet to get any serious playing time for the first team.

It’s been a very mixed season for Broadhead at Sunderland. For one, he was arguably the best player in the division when playing. The problem was that it was another injury-plagued season for the striker.

Broadhead scored 13 goals in 27 appearances for the Black Cats and was instrumental in securing a play-off place for the club – despite barely making the play-offs after suffering another hamstring injury -legs in the last game of the season.

He won’t be short of suitors this summer, but his inability to stay fit for long stretches could limit those opportunities. He could also have a chance to impress Lampard in pre-season and I wouldn’t be completely surprised if he were to play a substitute role for the first team next season given our tight purse strings and lack of support. options forward.

He has a year left on his contract but his future really depends on whether someone will find a few million pounds for him given his injury record.

If he’s not with the first team, he’ll tear up the league next season…if he can keep fit. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Sunderland come back for him.

Appearances: 19(8), Goals: 13, Assists: 0

Lewis Gibson – Sheffield Wednesday

It was also an injury-plagued season for Lewis Gibson at League One Sheffield on Wednesday. The 21-year-old has made just six appearances for the Owls in all competitions.

Gibson is out of contract this summer, but Everton have offered him a new contract. There’s no confirmation on whether he’s ready to sign as there doesn’t seem to be a first-team path for him.

Appearances: 4(2), Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Ellis Simms – Hearts

Following a successful loan spell at League One’s Blackpool last season, Simms enjoyed an equally successful spell at Hearts after moving to Scotland in January. The tall forward became a key part of the Hearts side which finished third in the league and reached the Scottish Cup final – with Simms scoring key goals in the quarters and semi-finals.

In total, Simms has scored seven goals in 21 appearances, including 15 starting. There’s a chance he’ll provide a back-up for Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Goodison Park next season, but in all fairness he looks like he needs some seasoning in a more competitive league like the Championship.

Appearances: 15(6), Goals: 7, Assists: 1

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Lewis Warrington – Tranmere Rovers

19-year-old midfielder Lewis Warrington was cheered on at Prenton Park on his first experience of senior football, earning him a two-year contract extension at Everton.

Warrington quickly established himself as a key player for the League Two side, starting the last 17 games of the season after a January move and completing 14 of those games. He had a goal and two assists as Rovers narrowly missed the play-offs.

Expect to see him on loan at a Ligue 1 club next season as he continues his development.

Appearances: 17(0), Goals: 1, Assists: 2

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