Everton loan notes until Nathan Broadhead shines as Joao Virginia waits


Everton have made a number of important deals during the transfer window, both in terms of entries and exits.

While the focus has been on the impressive start a number of arrivals have already made since their move this summer, it’s also important to focus on those playing elsewhere this season.

The Blues have sent five players on loan this summer, with the possibility that more players will leave temporarily during the next winter window.

But how did these movements start?

We’ve looked at each of the players on loan from Everton this year and rated them for their respective campaigns so far.

Lewis Gibson – Sheffield Wednesday

Unfortunately, things have not yet gone as planned for Lewis Gibson.

The center-back spent a temporary spell with Reading last season but struggled to break through regularly in the squad during the campaign.

The hope for the youngster was that he would be able to put that behind him this year, but so far he hasn’t been able to pull it off due to injury.

Gibson got their first Ligue 1 start this weekend, with Sheffield on Wednesday changing their system to include three center-backs in the starting lineup.

However, the 21-year-old was taken out with injury in that game, with the length of his absence not clear at time of writing.

NOTE – 2/5: Leaving to reclaim first-team minutes was necessary for Gibson, but it hasn’t quite worked out yet. However, it is still early days.

Nathan Broadhead – Sunderland

Nathan Broadhead really starts to impress during his time in Sunderland.

The striker made a temporary move to the northeast over the summer after spending the entire campaign with Everton last season, playing mostly for the Under-23s, but gaining strength for the first team at Brighton in April.

He had to wait for his chance at the Stadium of Light, but seized his opportunity when it presented itself recently.

Broadhead showed up for a game against Cheltenham with a solid performance missing just one goal, and secured his first goal for the club in a Carabao Cup victory over Wigan.

The 23-year-old is certainly attracting attention in Sunderland now.

NOTE – 4/5: Another who was in desperate need of senior minutes at this point in his development, Broadhead is really starting to gain momentum at his new club.

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Joao Virginie – Sporting CP

After impressing at the Under-23 level for Everton over the past few seasons, including winning the Premier League 2 title around this time, the decision has been made to allow Joao Virginia to go on loan this summer.

Sporting CP, the Portuguese champions, were the destination – with them the possibility of but the young Blues next summer.

However, Virginia is still waiting for her opportunity at this point.

The goalkeeper has yet to make an appearance for his new side, but has been on the bench for their Champions League and domestic league games so far this quarter.

NOTE – 2/5: Another who hasn’t really had a chance to impress so far with little fault on his part.

Niels Nkounkou РStandard de Li̬ge

There has been some controversy surrounding Everton’s decision to allow Niels Nkounkou to leave the club on loan this summer.

However, for the player himself, he wanted to have more senior minutes under his belt rather than playing the role of Lucas Digne’s understudy for most of the campaign.

And Nkounkou has managed to find that so far with a temporary move to Standard de Liège.

The left-back has made four appearances for his new team since moving to Belgium, although he was pulled out after just half an hour of his last game just before the international break.

NOTE – 4/5: Get the minutes he wanted so far and the hope will be that this can continue for the rest of the campaign.

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Moise Kean – Juventus

Juventus have an obligation to make Moise Kean’s loan permanent at the end of his two-year stay with the club if certain sporting requirements are met.

But, as it stands, the forward is still technically an Everton player – so it’s worth taking a look at his Serie A return so far.

The forward is yet to complete 90 minutes on his return to Juventus after playing for the club seven times, scoring a goal in a 3-2 win over Spezia Calcio last month.

The Italy international has also made two replacement Champions League appearances in the campaign so far, for a total of 35 minutes.

It’s fair to say that Kean’s time back to his home country hasn’t really kicked off yet, but he still has the majority of the two seasons left in his temporary time at the club.

NOTE – 3/5: A loan has finally been good for the player and the club this summer and a permanent transfer obligation means the striker has played his last game for Everton in all likelihood.


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