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.
As several of Marco Silva’s Everton first-team flocked to represent their countries over the recent international break, some of those away from Goodison Park on loan were also handed the chance to play for their national sides.
Life with loan side Sporting CP has barely got started for Yannick Bolasie, with the 30-year-old featuring in three Liga NOS fixtures and two Europa League Group Stage ties before the October internationals brought a break to domestic football (TransferMarkt).
The left forward had failed to pen a goal of his own in either of his five outings proceeding this weekends action, but chalked three assists to his name across all competitions, including two against PSV Eindhoven in a 3-2 defeat away to the Dutch side in September.
It was a similar story for Bolasie over the international break, as well, as he made his 37th and 38th appearances for the Democratic Republic of Congo in friendlies against Algeria and the Ivory Coast with influential displays.
Bolasie chalked assists against both sides as he featured on the right-wing against Algeria, before entering the action from the bench away to the Ivory Coast, but could not inspire victories over either with the DR Congo holding Algeria to a draw and beaten 3-1 by the Ivory Coast.
The opening months of the League One season have been promising for Everton product Nathan Broadhead, as the 21-year-old featured in eight of Burton Albion’s opening ten third-tier fixtures (WhoScored).
Broadhead also struck a game-winning brace against Gillingham with a Man of the Match display in August, while later striking his temporary side’s second of the night against AFC Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup, as Eddie Howe’s Cherries fell to a shock 2-0 loss in the Third Round.
Bangor-born Broadhead could not help to inspire victories for his country while representing Wales’ Under 21s in European Championship qualifying ties this month, though, as a Alexandru Belousov brace pulled Moldova into the lead after the Toffees youngster had opened the scoring.
Broadhead’s 24th-minute strike was his first for Wales’ U21s, after firing five in seven games for the U19s (TransferMarkt).
Fraser Hornby left Everton for Belgium this summer and joined KV Kortrijk on a one-season loan deal, for whom he has since scored three goals for in four games across all competitions (TransferMarkt).
His first successful efforts in the Jupiler Pro League came in his most recent outing in the Belgian top-flight, as the young forward helped toward a 4-0 win over Sint-Truidense VV – a result that moved Kortrijk to 11th in the league standings.
Hornby could not offer much attacking support for Scotland’s U21s over the international break, though, as the 20-year-old failed to score against either Lithuania or the Czech Republic in European U21 qualifiers, with Scot Gemmill’s side held to two goalless draws.
The Northampton-born prospect played the full ninety minutes in each game, as he went in search of his first goal for Scotland’s U21s in more than a year.
Broadhead getting his name back on the scoresheet will have been the biggest positive Everton could take from their on-loan contingent’s displays over the international break.
The Toffees will be hoping Bolasie can continue to keep his hand amongst the goals when he returns to Sporting CP, too, but only in the hope that it strengthens the chances of the Portuguese outfit taking up their €4.5million (£3.8m) option-to-buy (Record, via Sport Witness).
As for Hornby, his efforts going into the international break would have instilled some confidence on Merseyside, but failing to score or create a goal for Scotland’s U21s will have knocked that confidence back a peg.
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