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.
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Everton endured another difficult weekend under Marco Silva, as the Toffees failed to win for the fourth straight Premier League fixture. But it was not only the first-team struggling, as the Blues’ loan contingent enjoyed mixed performances while away from Goodison Park.
Here are three reports, including goals, a disappointing showing and a battling display.
Luke Garbutt has 144 senior appearances to his name across his time spent with Everton’s first-team and loan spells with Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Fulham, Wigan Athletic, Oxford United and now Ipswich Town (TransferMarkt). Yet, despite scoring three goals in his first four outings for the Tractor Boys, the experienced left-back once again struggled in the Championship with Ipswich at the weekend.
The 26-year-old’s fifth second-tier outing of the term came on Saturday as Ipswich travelled to Fleetwood Town, a game Paul Lambert’s Portman Road natives would win 1-0, but Garbutt endured an underwhelming afternoon as the wide left midfield option in a 3-5-2.
Only goalkeepers Tomas Holy and Alex Cairns completed a lower percentage of their passes than Garbutt, who penned a 48% pass accuracy rating from 31 attempted balls to teammates, while also winning just 29% of his aerial duels, 50% of his tackles and was dispossessed once, according to data collected by WhoScored.
After two goalless displays in his maiden Jupiler Pro League outings for loan side KV Kortrijk, Fraser Hornby was at the double for the Belgian side on Saturday as his two strikes helped Yves Vanderhaeghe’s Guldensporen Stadion outfit move tenth in the table thanks to 4-0 win over St. Truiden.
Everton’s Scotland U21 international had opened his account for Kortrijk two weeks earlier in the Beker Van Belgie, the Belgian equivalent of the FA Cup, where he also penned his only assist of the campaign thus far.
Speaking after scoring his first goals in the Belgian top-flight, Hornby told Kortrijk’s club media: “[I am] very happy with my first competition goals, but even happier with the victory. We played good football in the past weeks, but were not rewarded for it then.”
Saturday’s victory over St. Truiden was Kortrijk’s first league win since beating RSC Anderlecht 4-2 in August.
Jonjoe Kenny’s Bundesliga adventure continued at the weekend as the 22-year-old right-back maintained his 100% appearance record for FC Schalke 04 with a battling display against FC Koln.
The game would end one-all after Koln’s Jonas Hector hit a 91st-minute equaliser to nullify Suat Serdar’s opening strike from 20 minutes earlier, while Kenny enjoyed another 90 minutes under David Wagner at the Veltins Arena.
His latest outing would return his second yellow card of the term, though, as Kenny committed three fouls to one successful tackle, along with one interception, one successful dribble from two attempts, completed 27 of 40 passes and won four of six aerial duels (WhoScored).
Hornby striking his first goals for Kortrijk in the Jupiler Pro League should serve as the springboard for his campaign, and see that he carries more confidence into the Belgian side’s next fixture when they host SV Zulte Waregem, who are unbeaten across all competitions since the start of August.
The Everton product will also carry that momentum into the international break, where Scotland are playing Euro U21 qualifiers against Lithuania and the Czech Republic looking to build on victories over San Marino and Croatia.
Everton will be more focused on ensuring their expensive front line can find their shooting boots once the international break comes to an end, though, with Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin the only men to score twice in the Premier League, while Alex Iwobi and Bernard remain the only others to find the net thus far (WhoScored).
Everton fans, can Hornby display enough in Belgium to suggest he has a long-term future among the likes of Moise Kean, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin? Let us know in the comments below…
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