Everton loan round-up: How are the Toffees getting on away from Merseyside?

A round-up of how the Blues loanees are doing.

Everton loan round-up: How are the Toffees getting on away from Merseyside?
Ryan Ledson, one of Everton's highest rated youngsters is developing on loan. Photo: Eurosport.

Everton currently have a number of notable players out on loan, ranging from Aiden McGeady who is out on loan because of his lack of playing time to highly rated youngsters like Ryan Ledson and Liam Walsh who are learning their trade in the lower divisions. 

The Toffees have had success with youth players going out on loan in the past, Leon Osman and Ross Barkley both had loan spells in the lower leagues before becoming Everton first team regulars.

Luke Garbutt, Conor Grant, David Henen, Jonjoe Kenny, Ryan Ledson, Conor McAleny, Aiden McGeady, Shani Tarashaj and Liam Walsh are the focus of this round-up.

Luke Garbutt

The full back, who has been touted to be Everton’s long term successor to Leighton Baines, is currently at Fulham and finally getting a run of games after overcoming an ankle injury early on the season that kept him out of action.

Garbutt has played well in fits and starts for Fulham, starting only 12 times this season but has struggled for consistency. Most recently Garbutt had to be substituted at half time against Blackburn Rovers because his performance was so poor. Garbutt then apologised to the Cottagers fans after the game. 

He has contributed to two clean sheets and chipped in one goal and one lone assist. Garbutt will have to improve during the business end of the season to show he can still be a valuable member of Everton’s future. 

Luke Garbutt in action for Fulham. Photo: Shoot

Conor Grant

Conor Grant has been a member of Everton’s youth system since he was 13 years old and in recent years has been a player fans have heard about thanks to some stellar youth performances. 

This season he has been playing for Doncaster Rovers where he has been able to chip in with four goals. He has put in a number of good performances this season for Darren Ferguson’s side. 

He is without a goal since December but the continual playing time bodes well for his future chances.

Conor Grant with Doncaster Rovers. Photo: Yorkshire Post

David Henen

The Belgian forward, who can also play on the wing and behind the striker, is highly rated by Everton’s coaching staff and is tipped for a future in the Everton first team, if the Blues can keep a hold of him.

In January, rumours surfaced of a potential move away from Goodison Park and back home to Belgium, nothing happened and the Belgian continued his loan spell at Fleetwood Town

In 11 appearances with the Cod Army, Henen has chipped in with a single goal but has completed a full 90 minutes five times. At 19, Henen still has a ways to go but another loan spell after this season and he could be ready to make an impact for the Toffees in the near future. 

David Henen playing against Peterborough. Photo: EvertonFC.com

Jonjoe Kenny

The full back who can also shift into midfield spent a part of this season on loan with Wigan Athletic and is now at Oxford United

During his spell at Wigan, Kenny started six games and completed a full 90 minutes five times. He wasn’t able to help out with a goal or an assist.

Since moving to Oxford, he has started five games and completed them all. He has also recorded an assist against Mansfield Town.

Kenny is another youngster who the Everton coaches are reportedly big on for the future. His hard working nature at right back will be tested as he progresses. Another loan spell or two in higher divisions could be in his near future. 

Jonjoe Kenny playing for Oxford. Photo: Oxford Mail

Ryan Ledson

One of, if not the highest rated young players in England, Ryan Ledson is currently playing for Cambridge United on loan.

While he may have cost Cambridge just under £10,000 pound last week, they fielded him in a game he was ineligible for, Ledson has not cost them much at all this season.

In fact, he’s played rather well, earning himself a number of Man of the Match awards already. The midfielder is tipped to be the next youngster to follow in the footsteps of Ross Barkley as a highly rated Everton youth talent before finally making the step up to the first team.

He has started 15 games for Oxford and has played a full 90 minutes 12 times already this season. 

Ledson and Kieran Dowell are two of Everton’s highest rated young prospects and are seen as building blocks for the Blues future. Ledson has already been a part of the Everton first team and has likened himself to first team regular James McCarthy.

The midfielder can pick a pass with accuracy and works hard in midfield to cover the pitch in an attempt to make a tackle. Ledson is on his way to the Everton first team. 

Ryan Ledson shoots for Cambridge. Photo: Twitter @LeeWatkins12

Conor McAleny 

Conor McAleny has always been on the brink of making it into the Everton first team but has been unable to impress in full first team action when given the chance.

In pre-season, McAleny was the stand out player and was once again tipped to make an impact in the first team but was once again sent out on loan. Playing for Wigan Athletic, McAleny has played three games but chipped in two goals, one of which was a wonder strike against Walsall United from 25 yards out.

Earlier in the season he went through a goalless loan spell with Charlton Athletic but his spell with Wigan could get him back on track to the Everton first team. 

At the age of 23, this could be a pivotal year for McAleny to see if his future lies with the Toffees. 

Conor McAleny celebrates his goal for Wigan. Photo: BBC Sport

Aiden McGeady

The Republic of Ireland international left Everton for Sheffield Wednesday on loan in January after failing to register an appearance for  the Blues this campaign.

McGeady is playing for his place in the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad and for his future with the Blues. A loan spell with a Sheffield Wednesday hungry for promotion to the Premier League is perfect for the versatile winger.

He has already made four appearances with two starts and two substitute appearances. He is yet to register a goal or an assist. 

Aiden McGeady applauds the Sheffield Wednesday support. Photo: BBC Sport

Shani Tarashaj

Everton signed the highly rated Swiss forward in January from Grasshoppers Zurich but he had to stay with the Swishs side due to the fulfilment of his national service time.

Tarashaj is tipped to be the next big player from Switzerland following Xherdan Shaqiri and has already added to his eight goals he scored before signing for the Blues. He scored twice in Grasshoppers win 3-0 over FC Sion after a devastating 4-0 loss to league leader FC Basel.

The forward will join up with Everton in the summer and Roberto Martinez highly rates him, calling him an “enormous young talent.”

Shani Tarashaj celebrates. Photo: Watson.ch

Liam Walsh

The midfielder has earned rave reviews during his loan spell with Yeovil Town, with fans taking to Twitter after most games to tweet about how good he performed. With three man of the match awards already this season, Walsh has been a bright spot in a poor campaign for the Glovers.

He has already chipped in with a goal in a 1-1 draw with Luton Town, Walsh will be hoping to continue his bright season right to the very end.

Walsh is another tipped to a bright future with the Toffees but will likely go through at least one more loan spell before he is involved regularly with the first team. 

Liam Walsh goes for the ball. Photo: YTFC.com