In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.
Everton recorded their first win in five Premier League games with a 2-0 triumph over West Ham United on Saturday, but the weekend’s fixtures were not as positive for some of the Toffees’ loan contingent as defeats were dealt around Europe.
Jonjoe Kenny has been an ever present of David Wagner’s FC Schalke 04 since moving to the Bundesliga outfit on a one-season loan deal this summer, with the former Huddersfield Town boss calling on the Liverpool-born right-back for each of his side’s eight league fixtures to date (TransferMarkt).
For the first time this season, though, Wagner hooked Kenny before the full-time whistle on Sunday, as he sought to make late changes to his plans in the hope of inspiring a comeback away to TSG Hoffenheim, where his Die Konigsblauen were beaten 2-0.
Before his late exit following Ihlas Bebou’s 85th-minte strike, £7.2million-rated Kenny (TransferMarkt) had found a teammate with 43 of his 54 passes for a 80% success rate and won three of four attempted tackles, although the 22-year-old did not register any further attempted tackles beyond the first-half.
England U21 international Kenny also did not register any interceptions, clearances, attempted dribbles, aerial duels or shots against Alfred Schreuder’s Hoffenheim, per WhoScored data.
Josh Bowler’s wait for a first start in the Championship with loan side Hull City continued at the weekend, as Tigers head coach Grant McCann again favoured the ever-present duo of Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki at home to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
Bowler, who made one senior outing with QPR before leaving Loftus Road for Everton in 2017 (TransferMarkt), has been assured by McCann that his chance will come soon though, after coming off the bench in the 84th-minute.
The 20-year-old forward could not rescue Hull from a 3-2 defeat, and saw his name noted in referee Tony Harrington’s book deep into stoppage-time for what was his second yellow card of the season (WhoScored).
“I’m still only 20-years-old and getting Championship minutes so that’s a positive,” Bowler said, via quotes by Hull Live. “I speak with the gaffer all the time and he says my chance is coming. If I come off the bench I try and make a difference.
“That’s positive, but I want to start games so every time I come off the bench, I’m looking to make an impact. It’s hard with two of the best wingers in the Championship in our team, but that will only improve me as a player.
“I pick their brains and watch them play, trying to add things to my game. I’m just trying to build my game by watching them. I want to become a better player and use that to my advantage.”
Bowler has featured in eight of Hull’s league games this term, and recorded 122 minutes of action all from the bench, with which he has penned five shots, 11 dribbles, one key ball and seven tackles, but is without a goal or an assist thus far.
Nathan Broadhead’s time with League One side Burton Albion has seen the 21-year-old lock down his place in Nigel Clough’s plans of late, with consecutive starts in his temporary side’s last four third-tier games (WhoScored).
The Wales U21 international could not help to inspire another road victory on Saturday, though, as the Brewers were beaten 4-1 at Fleetwood Town, with Broadhead hauled off in the 69th-minute after his opposite number Paddy Madden secured his brace and the Fishermen’s 3-1 lead.
Madden would later add his third of the day in the 90th-minute for a hat-trick from right-wing, while Broadhead had seen both of his two shots blocked before being replaced midway through the second half.
Bangor-born Broadhead had also played a joint-game high four key passes by the time of his departure, although Burton teammate Scott Fraser would add his fifth of the afternoon before referee Chris Sarginson called a halt to proceedings.
Broadhead also played 25 accurate passes from an attempted 28, completed each of his two dribbles, won his sole offensive aerial duel and sole tackle, but failed to score his first League One goal since August 10 and is still waiting for his first assist with Burton.
Kenny and Broadhead both being replaced during defeats and Bowler struggling to earn serious minutes with Hull may raise some concerns back at Everton, as the Toffees will surely like to see their players try and show a commanding presence in difficult circumstances.
Bowler struggling to establish himself ahead of Bowen and Grosicki is a challenge the Blues youngster will have to work hard to overcome, though, as the pair lead the Tigers’ goal charts with five and four each respectively and Bowen tops the KCOM Stadium natives’ assists tally, too.
But Broadhead having a hand in Burton’s offensive action will be promising for Everton, as the picture could have emerged differently had some of the chances he created been put in the back of the net.
Everton fans, should the Toffees recall Bowler in January if he still hasn’t started a game for Hull? Let us know in the comments below…
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