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’s loan players have endured a mixed week with their temporary sides, as one made his debut, one hit the scoresheet and another was dropped to the bench.
The Toffees currently have eight senior players away from Goodison Park plying their trade around Europe (TransferMarkt), ranging from League One and the Championship to La Liga and the Eredivisie.
So, just how are the Blues’ men getting on at their temporary sides?
Having moved to Portugal too late in the summer to make his debut at home to Rio Ave, Yannick Bolasie represented Sporting CP for the first time at the weekend, as he was handed a key role in Leonel Ponte’s plans as the Leoes travelled to Boavista looking for their third win of the campaign.
The DR Congo international could not affect proceedings too much on Sunday, though, as the 30-year-old fashioned just one shot on target at the Estadio de Bessa, despite attempting six while deployed as the sole striker (WhoScored).
The closest Bolasie came to opening his Sporting account came in the 69th minute, when the former Crystal Palace star blazed a right-footed effort onto the post from outside the penalty area.
Bolasie also failed to record a successful dribble, but won three of his four aerial duels and completed 94% of his 16 passes as Sporting drew 1-1.
Jonjoe Kenny’s buoyant career with loan side FC Schalke 04 went up another level at the weekend, as he followed his goal against Hertha Berlin with an assist away to Paderborn.
Kenny has featured for the full ninety minutes in each of his four Bundesliga appearances so far, with his display on the road last Sunday encompassing two key balls from 24 accurate passes, having attempted 33 at the Benteler Arena as David Wagner’s men won 5-1 (WhoScored).
Former England U21 international Kenny assisted the third of Schalke’s five goals, in an otherwise quiet display for the 22-year-old as he attempted zero dribbles and failed to win possession with either of his two attempted tackles.
Having featured extensively in Derby County’s opening six Championship fixtures this season, Kieran Dowell fell to the bench for the first time on Friday night when Philip Cocu’s Rams hosted Cardiff City at Pride Park.
Former America youth international Duane Holmes was the man favoured to Dowell against the Welsh opposition, but the 24-year-old failed to have a hand in the goals before being taken off in the 81st minute for Florian Jozefoon (TransferMarkt).
Cocu later brought Chris Martin on to replace Jack Marriott at striker, and left Dowell in the dugout despite having a spare substitution remaining.
Dowell will be hoping to return to the starting line-up at the weekend when Derby travel to table-topping Leeds United, as he searches for his first goal and second assist of the term.
Everton will be buoyed by Kenny’s latest performance for Schalke as he continues to settle in to his new life in Germany, but will hope to see a better defensive performance from their academy graduate when Die Konigsblauen host Mainz on Friday night.
Dowell returning to the Derby starting line-up against Leeds will also be a welcome sight for those watching from Goodison Park, as the Whites have been one of the best defensive units in the second-tier this term.
Only Brentford have allowed fewer shots on goal than Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds – 8.3 to 8.7 – while the Elland Road natives only trail Hull City for tackles – 19.7 to the Tigers’ 21.3, per WhoScored.
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